Safety and Security

Make sure your work is as protected as possible

Your Manifold Creator contract represents all of your work so it is extremely important that you keep it as secure as possible.

We've seen first hand how not following the best security practices can compromise not only your assets but also the ownership over all your work, so at Manifold we very strongly recommend and encourage you to use a hardware wallet for deploying and minting on your contract.

Software wallets like MetaMask store your seed phrase on your computer and browser. If an attacker compromises your computer, they get access to your wallet and can do transactions from your wallet. A hardware wallet prevents this.

You should also never store your seed phrase on a computer or anything connected to the internet (or in any digital form). If someone gets access to your seed phrase, they can rebuild your wallet and do transactions from your wallet, even if itโ€™s a hardware wallet!

Never store your seed phrase on a computer.

Setting up a secure hardware wallet

Buy one (or multiple) hardware wallets. Suggestion: Ledger Nano (

Do NOT buy from Amazon or secondary vendors. There are known supply chain attacks, where hackers return compromised hardware wallets to Amazon, waiting for them to get resold to unsuspecting customers. Buy directly from the website.

Best Security: Set up a completely new wallet

1. Configuring your hardware wallet and writing down your seed phrase

Set up your hardware wallet and write down your seed phrase. DO NOT store this digitally.

Once set up, get your wallet address and write it down.



2. Confirming you wrote down your seed phrase properly

Then reset your device and try to restore it using your seed phrase.

Ledger Reset:

Ledger Restore:

Trezor Reset:

Trezor Restore:

You should get the same wallet address back. This is an important step to ensure that you wrote your seed phrase down properly. If you donโ€™t get the same wallet back, go back to step 1.

3. Connect metamask to the hardware wallet

Connect to your hardware wallet.

You should use this new hardware wallet address for most of your transactions and transfer your assets here. Expect that your existing metamask wallet can be compromised.

4. Migrate any existing crypto identities

You will need to reach out to Foundation, OpenSea, Nifty Gateway, Makersplace, Superrare, Rarible to migrate your profiles to this new wallet.

Average Security: Migrate your metamask wallet to a hardware wallet

ONLY consider this if you already have existing crypto profiles that are hard to migrate. Otherwise, skip to โ€œBEST SECURITYโ€!

Only do this if:

  • You have never stored your metamask seed phrase on your computer

  • You are very certain you are not currently compromised

  • Ensure that your seed phrase is stored in multiple secure locations (e.g. two bank vaults). The reason for multiple locations is to ensure that if one location gets destroyed, you can still restore your wallet.

1. Configure your hardware wallet

Set up your hardware wallet and choose the option to restore it from your seed phrase.



2. Verify your hardware wallet matches your metamask wallet

Make sure the wallet address that shows up on your hardware wallet matches your metamask wallet.



3. Remove metamask from all devices

This will remove all traces of the seed phrase from every device. Make sure you uninstall metamask:'d%20like%20to,mobile%20simply%20remove%20the%20app.&text=Join%20the%20discussions%20on%20Community%20to%20learn%20more.

4. Reinstall metamask, and connect to the hardware wallet

When you install metamask, set up a new wallet address. Metamask will generate a new set of addresses. You will not be using these. After it generates a new set of addresses, connect to your hardware wallet.

Your old wallet should now show up in metamask, and every future transaction will require your hardware wallet to sign each transaction. This means that even if someone compromises your computer, they cannot send transactions because they donโ€™t have access to your hardware wallet.

Secure your seed phrase

Write down your 12 or 24 word seed phrase on a piece of paper. Make sure it is never stored on a computer where hackers can access it. The seed phrase is the key to your kingdom.


You can also store your seed phrase using something more resilient than paper (like a cryptotag):

Once youโ€™ve written it down, ensure you have multiple copies stored in various secured locations (e.g. safety deposit box at two separate banks). This is to ensure that if one location gets destroyed, you can still recover your wallet.

If you want to be even more secure, split your seed phrase in half, and store two copies (4 halves) across 4 bank vaults. This ensures that even if a bank vault gets robbed, they will not be able to access your wallet.

You should also do this for your 2FA authentication codes in case you lose access to your 2FA apps.

Itโ€™s not recommended that you keep a copy of the seed phrase with you - your own residence is also vulnerable to robbery.


Create secure funds wallet (Optional)

The setup described above, while secure, does not remove all attack vectors. Since you need to transact with your hardware wallet you will always need to keep it nearby. However, this presents risk - someone could physically attack you and force you to transact from your hardware wallet. This is known as the $5 wrench attack.

Itโ€™s a good idea to create another wallet to secure your funds. This is a hardware wallet that will only be used to receive transfers. The main differentiation between this hardware wallet and the prior one is that this one is difficult to physically access for a potential attacker. This hardware wallet would also be kept in a safe.

To do this, simply repeat step 3 and 4 to create a completely new hardware wallet. Use this new hardware wallet to receive funds, and lock up your hardware wallet somewhere secure but hard to access.

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