BitClout is a new social network that uses a seed phrase as your account login and and your cryptocurrency wallet. If you lose the seed phrase, you will lose all your coins and the ability to login to your account ever again.
When you create a BitClout account, your seed phrase is pre-generated for you by BitClout. However, you can replace it with your own custom seed phrase.
You will need to back up your seed phrase straight away. Since the seed phrase represents not only your account but also the balances in your BitClout Wallet, you will need to robustly and securely store itwith Vault12.
Welcome to BitClout Security
BitClout is a new social network, built entirely on the blockchain, that enables you to speculate on people and their posts. The BitClout blockchain uses its own native cryptocurrency, called BitClout, which is used to operate the platform and purchase creator coins. Bitcoin, BitClout, and Creator coins are all stored in the BitClout wallet.
To secure your account, which represents your own reputation, your balance of BitClout coins, and the collection of all creator coins that you have invested in, a seed phrase is used. Unlike crypto wallets that often "hide" the seed phrase in their apps to make the experience of using the wallet "simpler", BitClout makes you use the seed phrase to directly log in to the platform, and in fact to log out.
Seed phrase required to logout
Your seed phrase represents not only the credentials to your account, but also becomes the only way to manage your reputation and to manage your balances. You must back up your seed phrase to use BitClout and you must protect your seed phrase otherwise a 3rd party will be able to access your account.
BitClout gives you two ways to specify a seed phrase based on the BIP39 standard:
Default - Pre-generated seed phrase that appears when you first log in.
Advanced - Create your own custom BIP39 seed phrase. By using alternate techniques to generate your seed phrase you can better control your security risk.
Let's see how you can set up your security robustly:
Log in with your seed phrase
How to back up your BitClout Seed Phrase?
When you first create or retrieve your BitClout account, you are immediately presented with your seed phrase and asked to store it. As with crypto wallets, the default is to write it down on paper, be warned this is not a good long-term approach due to the risks associated with paper backups.
The more advanced option, when you first create a BitClout account is to generate your own BIP39 seed phrase. Why would you generate a seed phrase externally? Because relying on software to generate a seed phrase means relying on someone else's interpretation and implementation of security concepts such as entropy and randomness that are critical to establishing non-replicable or non-derivable seed phrases.
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