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Coinbase Launches Coinbase Vault to Better Secure Your Bitcoins


If you follow digital currency news, it’s likely you remember the crumbling of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox in February. The site went bankrupt when 850,000 Bitcoins (then worth around $450 million) were stolen from users’ accounts.

Coinbase today launched a new product, Coinbase Vault, that aims to keep it from sharing Mt Gox’s fate by keeping a portion of users’ bitcoin safe from hackers and unauthorized withdrawals.


The free new account has three features that contribute to increased security:

    • Time-delayed withdrawals
      There is a 48-hour waiting period before withdrawals are transferred from the Vault account. During the waiting period, the transaction can be cancelled at any time.
    • Multiple approvers
      For joint accounts, approval from multiple parties is required in order to begin the withdrawal.
    • Offline storage
      97% of bitcoin is held offline in safe deposit boxes.

Coinbase showcased Instant Exchange at FinovateSpring 2014. You can check out the demo video here.