Understanding Your Address & Funding Your Wallet

If you wish to use your wallet now that you have one, the next step is to access your address and fund it. If you're using the browser extension, go to the top right of the browser, click the small orange fox logo, input your password, and sign in to your wallet, and it should look like this:

Your wallet address will be shown at the top of the screen, and clicking it will copy the entire 42-digit string of numbers and characters for you to paste. This address is now similar to your home address. You can give it to someone who wants to send you cryptocurrency or use it to send cryptocurrency to yourself from an exchange.

To get crypto in your wallet, all you have to do is open an account with one of the many exchanges that sell it (Coinbase, Gemini, etc. ), link your bank account to their platform, buy a crypto, and then send that crypto to your wallet using the 42-digit public key address once the investment goes through on the exchange. You now have a fully functional, ready-to-use crypto wallet after making a transfer. While we just went over the MetaMask setup, all wallet setups are pretty much the same, and there are a few things to remember:

  • Write down your seed word and keep it safe; never give it out to anyone.

  • Online, be cautious of fraudulent MetaMask help links. They will ask for your account information to resolve a problem, and if you provide it, they will have access to your wallet and all of your assets. Before giving out any information, double-check URLs and/or email addresses.

  • If you're transferring crypto to a wallet, make sure it can accept that type of crypto (for example, you can't send ordinary bitcoin to a Metamask wallet because Metamask is an Ethereum wallet).

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