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Wallet

Use a wallet to create an account and manage your assets

Why do you need a wallet?
To keep your assets (e.g. NFTs) safe
To interact with web3 applications and make transactions
To manage your blockchain identity
Choose the type of wallet that fits you

Web wallets

Runs directly in your browser window. Fastest way to start

Pros:
  • Easy access from different devices, only a web browser is needed
  • No installation required
Cons:
  • Service disruptions can make it difficult to access funds
  • Your keys are saved in local storage, which is less secure

For example, MyNearWallet

Browser extensions

Installs as a plug-in for your browser. Best choice for a desktop

Pros:
  • More secure than pure web wallet
  • Wallet can typically be used without leaving the current page
Cons:
  • Not always available for your preferred browser / operating system
  • Your keys are saved on your local hard drive, which less secure

For example, Sender Wallet

Mobile wallets

Runs as an app on your mobile phone. Most convenient

Pros:
  • Portable and convenient; ideal when making transactions face-to-face or on the go
  • Designed to use QR codes to make quick and seamless transactions
Cons:
  • App marketplaces can delist/remove wallet making it difficult to receive future updates

For example, HERE Wallet

Hardware wallets

A separate hardware device that keeps the keys to your account. Most secure.

Pros:
  • The most secure methods to store your assets
  • Many other wallets support these for extra security
Cons:
  • Needs to connect to your mobile or desktop device
  • Loss of device without proper backup can make funds unrecoverable

For example, Ledger

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You are responsible for the safety of your assets!

The NEAR Foundation has not fully vetted any wallets (yet). The wallets listed above are examples, the listing above does not imply any endorsement.

  • Rotate your private keys regularly
  • Keep credentials like seed phrases offline
  • Check URLs are correct; many scammers make realistic sites for apps like MetaMask and try to trick you into
  • entering your credentials.
  • Update your pin regularly
  • Use multi-factor authentication whenever possible
  • Don’t store all your funds in one place
  • Use cold wallets to store assets

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NEAR official blockchain explorer

Explore accounts and transactions of the NEAR Blockchain

NearBlocks.io blockchain explorer

A Blockchain Explorer and Analytics Platform for Near Protocol

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An informative overview of what your NEAR account activity looks like, in an easy-to-read chart

NEAR Staking

Explore staking stats, active nodes and validators

AwesomeNEAR

A curated list of projects on NEAR