Ah, Blockchain.info, the website we all know and love. They’re probably the biggest blockchain explorer and web wallet around.
I don’t know of a single person who hasn’t at least heard of their services, if not used them in some way or another.
They offer an abundance of services ranging from the aforementioned blockchain explorer and web wallet, to less
conventional things such as a list of recent possible double spend transactions. These are all accompanied by live Bitcoin news
and price tickers available on their site. So well known are they that many other major Bitcoin websites actually use their
API’s in their services, like I said they are very well known in the Bitcoin community.
The main focus of this review will be their web wallet. Probably one of the best web wallets I have seen on the internet in terms of Ease of use.
I signed up for an account on there a long while back, back in 2013 when Bitcoin was hovering around the $40-$70 mark. I was new to the currency and
didn’t really understand the main Bitcoin-QT client so I googled around for a bit and eventually found Blockchain.info. It was great,
I had a very simple to use and understand wallet that I could easily keep track of through my email. The main UI was simple and easy to grasp too,
with QR codes for your addresses and a QR code reader for other people’s addresses, it was great and I was finally on my way to using Bitcoin.
Fastforward to today. I still use my Blockchain.info wallet to store small amounts of Bitcoin just for the ease of use. While other online wallets have come and gone and scammed, Blockchain.info has stood the test of time and shown itself to be a worthy entity in the Bitcoin community.
I’m going to do a quick run through of the features that blockchain.info has to offer, this will focus on the wallet service that Blockchain.info offers.
- The sign up is as simple as any other website on today’s modern internet. You simply provide a valid email address and a password and you’re good to go. They send you an email with your wallet identifier that you use to login to your wallet. Keep these emails safe as wallets are non-recoverable if you should lose these or your passwords
- The user interface is quite easy to grasp, it tells you your balance, what that is worth in fiat value, your address, the number of transactions that you have had with your account, etc. all on the homepage. With navigation tabs at the top of the page that are quite self explanatory.
- The website allows you to backup your wallet’s private keys into a json file, allowing you to load it into other clients for safe keeping. This is a great feature as it adds a lot of security to your wallet.
- Blockchain also allows you to import private keys onto their website, which allows you to load your own addresses onto the site, and sweep your old addresses for Bitcoin that will be added to your Blockchain wallet.
All in all Blockchain.info is a great site for anyone looking to get started with Bitcoin as it offers a fairly secure and simple way to start managing your Bitcoins. The simple UI will be very attractive to new users who may be confused by the complexities of the other clients on the market. I find Blockchain.info to be a great website, speaking as a former Bitcoin noob myself who knows how confusing it can be to dive into the complexities of Bitcoin.
I give Blockchain.info two thumbs up.
It should be warned, however, that online wallets tend to be dreadfully insecure and many of them are scams. This does not appear to be the case with Blockchain.info, however it is a good rule of thumb to never store a lot of Bitcoins on an online wallet. Ever. Just a heads up.