Elliptic, Gem Partner to Enhance Bitcoin Wallet

Elliptic has partnered with Gem to further accentuate Gem’s offering of bitcoin wallets.

The most important part of holding bitcoin is safeguarding the private keys (or passwords) to the account. A typical multi-signature wallet has three unique private keys, two of which must be submitted before a transaction is authorised. In most situations the client is responsible for two of the keys and the wallet provider holds the third.

In the new partnership, Elliptic will act as a trusted and independent third party to provide insured storage of the third (backup) private key. Gem, Elliptic and the client will each hold one of the keys. If the client loses their private key, Gem and Elliptic will use their private keys to sweep funds into a new account. Distributing private keys across two trusted parties, and the addition of Elliptic’s insurance cover, provides clients with a higher level of security than can be achieved through a single multi-signature provider.

“This is a major leap forward for multi-signature technology,” said Gem CEO Micah Winkelspecht. “Now clients can rest easy knowing that even if they lose their private key, they can rely on two independent parties to secure their assets.”

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