Is self-custody a realistic option for crypto holding?

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In the aftermath of the FTX scandal, there was a surge of industry leaders pointing to self-custody and keeping crypto tokens in secure hard wallets and off crypto platforms. Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao advocated cryptocurrency self-custody as a human right. Although leading industry influencers advise it, there have been warnings from others that it is not a viable option for all users and not a sustainable path for crypto storage in the future of digital finance.

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin noted on Twitter that self-custody still poses risks as smart contracts are not fully protected against bugs or disruptions. He explained:

Tom Dunleavy, analyst at crypto data platform Messari, echoed some of Buterin’s views, noting that the better solution for security isn’t necessarily self-storage, but good regulation with secure and transparent centralized storage.

Watchdog Capitals’ Bruce Fenton pointed out the limitations of self-storage from an inheritance perspective. In a thread of tweets examining tests to see how next of kin could retrieve tokens in the event of a death in the family, he tweeted:

Custody without an inheritance plan is incomplete. It is not a gift to anyone.”

The argument surrounds the idea of ​​mass cryptocurrency adoption. When the average user relies on an exchange rather than self-storage to keep their funds, strong security protocols and even stronger regulations to protect funds are required. If they rely on self-custody of their tokens, education in this area needs to increase to ensure users understand the shortcomings of smart contracts and the potential risks involved.

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