I did a quick search. Didn’t find exactly what I was looking for.
Luckily I am an American living in a fairly decent area. Crime is not a huge problem, and we are in the early days of Bitcoin still. Most people would not know a what a hardware wallet was if they were looking at it. They have no clue what private keys are. Most Americans wouldn’t know what they are or what to do with them.
With the price being down, most people are not motivated to learn.
We are clearly not in that category.
If the price goes up to some astronomical amount. This will motivate people and maybe governments to act maliciously, to gain control of your keys. North Korea has been doing this already.
If one was to keep private keys and hardware wallets in their home, what physical security steps would you take. I am listing the steps I have or will take. I only have small amount, so gains from a thief are not worth the risk and time to steal from me. Other members here, may want lock there Sh*t down. I am looking at you @peter, @kryptokenzie, and @john. What steps have you taken?
I am creating a list of thing I think are prudent. Please add ideas, or tell me I am stupid. I would like feed back.
Don’t keep private keys and hardware wallets in the same location. Have them in to separate locations. Ideally in a different city or state. Or memorize one word or two private key words, and lock the other words up in a safety deposit box, in different city or state.
Have multiple hardware wallets and cross load them. So if one is lost, you don’t lose everything. You set you own level of crossload, what are you willing to lose if private keys or wallet are lost.
If you choose to hold your keys and wallet in the same place, like your home see list below. If your worth hundreds of thousands or more in crypto, and control your keys see list below.
You should get a dog, not a cute furball. A smart large dog like a German Shepard, Pittbull, Gold Retriever sized dog. Don’t let it sleep in your bed or the feet of you bed. It should be outside your room, if in the house.
Monitored Alarm system, get one. The whole idea is to limit time bad guys will have to rob. Cops will show up if they take too long. Heck just a few signs in the front and back yard lower the odd a normal burglary.
Hardening doors, so that they can’t be kicked in. Or least they will have work at it for a while before they get in, buying you and loved ones time to defend yourselves. This can be done cheaply, with longer door hing screws that travel further into the door frame. There more costly and effective ways of doing this though.
A safe or a hardcore gun safe (not true safe). Once again, this is to cost bad guys more time in acquiring your keys or hardware wallet. If they spend 20 mins breaking into the safe. Cops will probably be waiting when they come out.
A good gun safe or a real safe will protect the contents from fire and flood as well.
Get some exercise. Be fit and smart to hopefully avoid confrontation, and win if forced to engage.
Learn some martial art, be able to defend yourself and family. This well also give you confidence.
Most humans can sense fear and weakness, we are wired this way. Predators/thieves pick up on this.
Get a knife. These are just plain useful in many emergencies.
Guns. Preferably an AR pistol or Sbr (short barreled rifle) chambered 300 Blackout or 5.56 high expansion rounds. Shorter barrels are better in urban conditions/homes.
They needs to have a light, and some way to accurately target in low to no light situations. IE. In a dark home. Look at a good red dot sight.
Make the risk not work the reward.
8a. Get some training, and go to the range at least 3-4 times a year.
8b. Handguns. Not as lethal as rifle rounds, but enough make confrontations fatal for thieves.
Don’t post the amount of crypto you own ANYWHERE. NO ONE KNOWS THE FUTURE. You could be painting a target on your back later.
Copied form HAC’s post below
Multiple wallets. Paper wallets that you create your own codes to hide keys scattered in notebooks or written on the underside of a desk or something.
You can literally bury copies of paper wallets in a mason jar in your back yard.
If you are super paranoid, create some sort of algorithim for your paper private key so you can scramble the actual code. IE: 3 Letters/Numbers to the right
Be aware, ink on paper eventually evaporates.
You can always memorize a private key…but the mind is less immutable than the blockchain.
Sorry for any grammatical errors, I am rushing to get ready for work. Plus, I have the writing skills of a concussioned 12 year old. Years of the Army, and motorcycles didn’t help.