While many hardware wallets on the market feature a “simple” chip, all Ledger hardware wallets are equipped with a “smartcard chip”, that include a secure element. This kind of chip is used for highly secure applications, such as protecting biometric data on passports or credit card information.
Very specifically, a secure-element chip is a tamper-resistant hardware platform, capable of securely hosting applications and storing confidential and cryptographic data. In other words, secure element chips are extremely difficult and costly to hack, while “simple” chips, even with software protection, require much less effort.
Secure-element chips undergo advanced third-party evaluation and certification processes, through certification bodies such as Common Criteria and EMVCo, to attest to their robustness & security.
Additionally, Ledger has developed its own secure element operating system, named BOLOS – a flexible and open system making it easy to support many crypto assets. This enables Ledger hardware wallets to offer a unique blend of cutting-edge security (secure element) and user convenience (BOLOS), while making sure your crypto assets can resist even sophisticated attacks.
The Ledger Nano S supports an extensive list of cryptocurrencies, including popular assets like Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Litecoin and more.
Ledger is constantly expanding its crypto asset coverage with both apps developed by Ledger and apps developed by the community and extensively tested by Ledger.
Even if you uninstall a device application, the private keys to access your crypto assets remain secure. You’ll always be able to manage your assets by simply re-installing the application on your Ledger device.
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Starting up with crypto assets can be confusing. That’s why we designed the Ledger Nano S to be as straightforward and easy to use as possible, all while incorporating highly sophisticated security to protect your assets.
All your actions on the Ledger Nano S are visible on the device’s screen, enabling you to control what is happening at any moment and to securely verify any transaction. The device also features an intuitive navigation: all actions are controlled by only 2 buttons.
Ledger Live, the companion application to your Ledger device, includes simple, step-by-step processes designed to help you interact with your Ledger device easily and securely.
Back up and restore
Your Ledger hardware wallet stores your private keys, which enable you to authorize transactions using Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple or any compatible crypto asset. The assets themselves, however, remain on the blockchain.
If your Ledger hardware wallet gets stolen, lost or you lose access to your crypto accounts, you can easily restore your accounts. Simply use the 24-word recovery phrase provided during the initialization of your device to restore your accounts on another Ledger device.
Your accounts will be restored instantly and you will again be able to securely manage your crypto assets.
The Ledger Nano S features a display screen, so you can verify all sensitive operations at a glance.
Any operation on your Ledger Nano S is controlled by only 2 buttons. Secure crypto asset transactions have never been so easy!
The Ledger Live companion app enables you to easily check your balance, and send or receive crypto assets.
The Ledger Nano S is designed around a robust secure chip, engineered to withstand sophisticated attacks: your private keys are safely isolated inside the device.
No need for an anti-tampering sticker to protect your device! The secure chip checks the integrity of your device each time it’s powered on – much better than any sticker would.
Ledger hardware wallets are powered by BOLOS ™, a unique, proprietary operating system developed by Ledger. BOLOS creates an individual shield around each app on your device, ensuring they do not access your sensitive information.