How to Set up a Crypto Hard Wallet: Trezor One Unboxing


Wallets enable safer storage and management of crypto assets.

A booth displaying the Ledger crypto hard wallet.

A booth displaying the Ledger crypto hard wallet.

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They hold people’s private keys, which are necessary to unlock the address where crypto assets are stored on the blockchain.

A man enters details into his bitcoin wallet.

A man entering details into his bitcoin wallet.

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Private keys are used to sign transactions and verify that the owner is moving the cryptocurrencies.

A crypto transaction in the MetaMask software wallet

A crypto transaction in my MetaMask software wallet.

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He had $10.55 worth of crypto on the centralized exchange Coinbase. This is considered dangerous because I do not own the private keys and could be vulnerable to loss if the exchange is hacked or shut down.

Screenshot of crypto assets on Coinbase

A screenshot of my crypto assets on Coinbase.

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The safest option is to self-custody private keys using a hardware wallet. Store my keys offline, mitigating the risks of online attacks. I spent $101 on “the original hardware wallet”, the Trezor Model One.

Trezor One Hard Wallet Packaging

The packaging of my Trezor Model One.

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The wallet came in delicate packaging that could easily slip through a mailbox.

Trezor Model One Mailbox-Sized Packaging

The letterbox-sized packaging of the Trezor Model One.

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I planned to place an order on Amazon, but after reading reviews where users complained about wallet tampering, I decided to use Trezor’s official site and wait a little longer for delivery.

Back of the Trezor Model One package

The back of the Trezor Model One package asks customers to be careful with handling.

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I didn’t need to worry about long delivery times. I placed the order on a Thursday afternoon and received the package on Monday afternoon. The box has seals to ensure that the wallet is not tampered with during delivery.

Seals on Trezor packaging

A stamp on the edge of the Trezor Model One.

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Inside the package was the hard wallet, a USB cable, and a lanyard.

Trezor packaging contents including hard wallet, USB and lanyard

Trezor packaging content.

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There is also a getting started guide and 2 recovery seed cards.

Getting Started Guides and Recovery Seed Cards

The Trezor Model One includes a guide to getting fit and two recovery phrase cards.

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I even got some cute stickers!

Stickers included with the Trezor wallet

Four decals come with the Trezor Model One.

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Instructions to get started are minimal. Instead, visit to start the setup process.

Trezor web browser settings page

A screenshot of the Trezor web browser settings page.

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I could choose between downloading the desktop app and using the web browser. Since I would only be using the wallet for this story, I opted for the web browser. The instructions said the process would take about 5 minutes.

Screenshot of the start of the configuration process in

A screenshot of the Trezor setup process.

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I especially appreciated the options to change the wallet home screen, which helped make my wallet feel more personalized.

Cat home screen in my Trezor wallet

A cat home screen in my Trezor wallet.

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This article is intended to provide general information designed to educate a broad segment of the public; does not provide personalized investment, legal or other business and professional advice. Before taking any action, you should always consult your own financial, legal, tax, investment or other professional for advice on matters affecting you and/or your business.