What are the differences between storing cryptos online and offline?


Cryptocurrencies have gained significant importance in recent years, and the question of securely storing these digital assets is a central concern for many. This article examines the differences between storing cryptocurrencies online and offline, including their respective advantages and disadvantages.

As with any asset, the question of secure storage arises. In traditional banking systems, assets are centrally held by the bank. In the case of cryptocurrencies, the question also arises, but with a major difference. Based on the concept of blockchain, cryptocurrencies are fundamentally stored in a decentralized manner. This article explores the differences and the pros and cons of online and offline storage of cryptocurrencies.

Online Storage

Online storage of cryptocurrencies is typically done through cryptocurrency brokers like Cryptonow or digital wallets that are constantly connected to the internet. Cryptonow offers online storage through the Cryptonow app.


  1. Accessibility and Liquidity: Online storage allows for easy and quick access to cryptocurrencies, sending them to others, or selling them, regardless of location, as long as there is an internet connection.

  2. Security: The Cryptonow app is an online wallet that allows you to self-custody your cryptocurrencies. With a "non-custodial" wallet, you have full control. The public address and private key are protected by an encrypted seed phrase.

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Offline Storage

Offline storage of cryptocurrencies, known as "cold storage," involves methods such as hardware wallets or paper wallets. Cryptonow also offers a solution with its Cryptonow Wallet(R), which is also a "non-custodial" wallet.


  • Security: Being disconnected from the internet makes them less vulnerable to hacks, making it the safest method for storing cryptocurrencies.

  • Control: With the Cryptonow Wallet, the owner has full control over the cryptocurrencies. Decentralization: The system operates independently of centralized financial systems. Even if the central currency system were to fail, the decentralized system would remain intact.

  • Long-Term Storage: The Cryptonow Wallet and other offline wallets are particularly suitable for secure and long-term storage of cryptocurrencies, such as in a safe.

A potential drawback of offline storage is that importing, transferring, or selling cryptocurrencies from an offline wallet may require more complex steps. This can be time-consuming, especially for beginners.


The choice between online and offline storage depends on individual needs. For frequent cryptocurrency traders requiring quick access, online storage may be preferred. For those holding cryptocurrencies long-term, offline storage is recommended due to security and decentralization. Regardless of the choice, it is important to follow best practices for cryptocurrency security. With Cryptonow, both online and offline storage becomes a secure and straightforward experience.