What are Cryptocurrency Web Wallets?

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This article is about the current cryptocurrency web wallets.

If a hardware wallet costs too much or if you need to quickly purchase and secure some coins, then you can use a web wallet.

What is a Cryptocurrency Web Wallet?

A web wallet will store your private keys online, where everything is encrypted with a user-selected password. Although a web wallet offers the lowest level of security, online web wallets have the advantage of being accessible from any internet connected device.

Before going the web wallet route, take another look at using a hardware wallet or paper wallet because security and control are very important when it comes to storing your coins or ICO tokens. If you are fine with going the web wallet route then continue reading as we’ve selected 4 great web wallets.


MyEtherWallet, or MEW, is a secure open-source wallet that allows users to write and access smart contracts. It has built-in BTC to ETH swap facility and works perfectly with Trezor and Ledger Nano S hardware wallets. And MEW automatically supports all ERC-20 coins.


MetaMask is a popular Ethereum web (browser plugin) wallet. Many ICOs and other exchanges require MetaMask for accessing their platform. MetaMask acts as a browser to access the Ethereum network. With MetaMask, you can store Ethereum, send Ethereum, and access decentralized Ethereum apps. MetaMask has a feature that allows users to switch between the actual network and a test network.


GreenAddress is a simple web wallet with great security and privacy. The private keys are never stored on the server and everything is encrypted. This wallet has 2FA and full control over transaction fees. GreenAddress has a browser plugin and mobile app.


Coinbase is definitely the most popular Ethereum web wallets available as of December 2017. Coinbase is accessible via their website and mobile app. The biggest issue with using Coinbase is their added fees. The biggest drawback with Coinbase is that the private keys are not in your control. This wallet is great for short-term storage but many long-term holders recommend to switch to a hardware wallet if you’re willing to use Coinbase.

Why are Web Wallets Good?

  • easy to access and free
  • easy to store Bitcoin and Ethereum cryptocurrencies
  • easy for users to backup and secure

Why are Web Wallets Bad?

  • confusing user interfaces
  • easy to fall for website scams


As always, choose the wallet that serves the purpose of what you want to do with your Bitcoin or Ethereum. If you want to store your coins long term then you’ll want to invest in a hardware wallet or create a paper wallet.

By Cartez Augustus

My name is Cartez and I'm a blogger from Houston, Texas focusing on content marketing strategies and tech gadgets.