Aegis Wallet – A Secure Mobile Bitcoin Wallet for Android

Journalist:
John Weru Maina @bitmaina
September 21, 2014

“There’s a new and secure Bitcoin wallet in town…” So boasts Aegis Wallet’s website. The Aegis Bitcoin Wallet is a new product from Aegis Wallet that enables you store private keys on an external device using NFC and Bluetooth. According to the website, it is currently the only bitcoin wallet that offers those capabilities.

NFC is a set of technology standards that enable mobile devices to establish radio communication with each other when in proximity. Recently Apple released its first NFC enabled device, the iPhone 6, signaling that NFC may yet emerge as an important technology for payment processing in the near future.

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Aegis Wallet Security Features

Mobile devices are known to have various operating system vulnerabilities  that can be exploited either by the interaction between various apps or when the device is lost or stolen. Aegis employs strong crypto protocols that minimize the threat of these vulnerabilities. The wallet implements the SPV node. SPV stands for Simplified Payment Verification. SPV is widely used in android wallets for verification of transactions. It works by connecting a client to a trusted node or by putting its faith in high difficulty as a proxy for proof of validity for  transactions.

If a mobile device is lost, stolen or password forgotten, Aegis has secure and private backup and restore features that can be used to retrieve bitcoins without exposing sensitive data to even Aegis themselves.

Other security features include:

  • The use of permanently encrypted keys on the device
  • Ability to use an NFC tag to encrypt the wallet
  • And the use of watch addresses which could also be used for two-factor authentication.

Aegis Wallet Supports SMS Notification

On September 17th 2014, the company announced that it had implemented SMS notification for BTC transactions on its app. If a person does not have someone else’s bitcoin address but have their mobile number, the person can input their mobile number and that someone else will receive an SMS telling him to reply with their Bitcoin address. The Aegis Wallet app does not read the SMS or send them to any place.

Growth in Wearable Tech

One of the most exciting aspects of the Aegis wallet is its contribution to the growth of wearable tech. Wearable tech is a practical implementation of ubiquitous computing which has a vision of making technology integral to everyday life. Its smartwatch allows for wear notifications, receiving addresses and balances as well. The watch is also being used in multi-factor authentication.

Could we look forward to Aegis developing wearable tech that combines Google Glass’ capabilities and Bitcoin someday under its aegis? It does sound futuristic in 2014 but not far-fetched. The rate of growth and innovation in wearable tech and digital currencies may yet see a much greater fusion of the two so as to gradually transform fashion wear and even technology as we know and use it today.

Developers can go through its open source code that is available on Github. The mobile app can be downloaded from the Google Play store.

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Last modified (UTC): September 21, 2014 13:26

John Weru Maina @bitmaina

John Weru is a Kenya-born writer who has been writing since his teenage years. He believes that digital currencies hold the key to unlocking the potential of e-commerce and m-commerce globally, and powering Africa's participation in international trade.