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Total noob question: Wallet for PC?

Never considered BTC before, but interested now. As I understand, I need a wallet. On [bitcoin.com](https://bitcoin.com), I am offered to download one either for Android or Apple.

I’d much prefer such a wallet to be on a real PC, though. How do I obtain such a wallet?

What if I need to replace the PC? Will the wallet be gone?

*Edit:* I understand .com is not to be trusted, .org is the real thing. Thanks kind folks.



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  1. > On bitcoin.com

    No, it’s not a trustworthy site, despite the URL.

    > I’d much prefer such a wallet to be on a real PC, though. How do I obtain such a wallet?

    Electrum is a good choice. Better choice would be a hardware wallet (Coldcard, Bitbox, Trezor)

    > What if I need to replace the PC? Will the wallet be gone?

    You should have your backup written down on a piece of paper, then it doesn’t matter if your PC is broken. You can retrieve your wallet with that backup on another device.

    You can choose a wallet here: https://www.lopp.net/bitcoin-information/recommended-wallets.html

    or here: https://bitcoin.org/en/choose-your-wallet

    Storage best practices: https://bitcoin-intro.com/en/backup

  2. In addition to what others said, if using a PC, where practical use a clean dedicated PC that has / does nothing other than hosting your wallet, reducing the chance of malware ending up on it.

  3. I would recomend going directly for a Hardware wallet. It will give you security and what is more important: peace of mind.

    I personaly use this one: [Trezor Hardware Wallet (Official) | The original and most secure hardware wallet.](https://trezor.io/)

    I heard good things about this one too: [Hardware Wallet – State-of-the-art security for crypto assets | Ledger](https://www.ledger.com/)

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