To get onto the Disco dance floor and visit all the other wonderful places in the Metaverse™ you need a web3 wallet. These wallets might be described as digital versions of your physical wallet: a place where you keep cash, ID cards, gift cards, etc. But that isn’t accurate.
Despite the name, a web3 wallet doesn’t store your money. It stores your private key.
Your private key is the absolute, most important thing to keep safe during your Web3 escapades.
Different wallet flavors
There are a few different types of Web3 wallets. Different blockchain-based ecosystems like Ethereum or Bitcoin typically use different wallets because these systems use different types of keys. Additionally, wallets might come in several forms, such as hardware devices, mobile apps, or browser extensions.
In the case of Disco, we currently support and recommend using Metamask. It will give you the best experience for interacting with Disco.
Getting started with Metamask
Metamask offers two different products: a browser extension and a mobile app. While interacting with Disco during our Beta period, we recommend using the Metamask browser extension.
Head to the Metamask page on the Chrome Web Store to install Metamask in your browser.
Continuing your journey
Metamask will guide you through its set up where you will primarily do two important things:
- Creating a password and
- Creating a Secret Recovery Phrase (sometimes referred to as a Seed Phrase).
This Secret Recovery Phrase is your private key for all intents and purposes, so take extreme care of it. Write your seed phrase down on paper, with the words in the correct order, and store it somewhere safe and private. Suppose your laptop spontaneously combusts or something terrible happens to it. In that case, you can use your Secret Recovery Phrase to install a new version of Metamask onto a new computer and regain access to all the things that the Private Keys controls, like your cryptocurrency or your Disco profile.