Tradingplatform Bitfinex hacked, big amount of bitcoins stolen, is it possible to invest in Bitcoin in a secure way?
Today, storing your bitcoins securely became more important. When I checked the bitcoin price after I woke up this morning, I was shocked for a moment. While investigating the reasons why the price made a huge drop, I found the first articles about almost 120.000 stolen bitcoins from trading platform Bitfinex in the news.
Some investors lost their bitcoins in this hack, but all investors lost by the price drop
The previous crash of the bitcoin price was also caused by a big theft at Mt. Gox, but this time I expect the drop will not be so deep. The first argument for this is the fact that the platform and the amount of stolen bitcoins as well is much smaller compared to the total market. Furthermore, the last crash was on the top of a big bubble, so there was a lot of air in the market.
Investing in Bitcoin in a secure way is possible!
Many investors now will question whether it is possible to invest in Bitcoin in a safe way. My answer is YES: When you keep your bitcoins yourself on a hardware wallet and guaranty that nobody gets acces to your recovery seeds or pincode.
The Bitcoin network is never hacked and probably this will never happen. This means all you have to do is protecting your private keys against hackers and thieves.
You can decide about your risk / reward ratio yourself when you invest in Bitcoin
I’ve got some bitcoins stored at Bitfinex too, because I can lend them to traders here and get some good interest. I don’t know yet if they are stolen, and in that case I don’t know if I will ever get them back. The platform is not accessible at the moment, so future will learn.
Most of my bitcoins are stored on a hardware wallet (Trezor), so these are safe, but the only source of gain here is the price advance. That’s the reason a part of my bitcoins are invested at Bitfinex, but at lending platforms like BTCjam as well. The last time I got great interest here additional to the price advance.
Result: You decide about security yourself
So is it possible to invest in Bitcoin in a secure way? You can choose between secure, unhackable options like a hardware wallet and less secure options giving you a great extra return if everything goes well. You can also spread between these options, it’s all your choice!