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Setting up your wallet

Learn how to create and secure a crypto wallet to interact with marketplaces
You can check out the complete guide on Metamask’s documentation here.

Overview

To connect to most NFT marketplaces on Ethereum, you will need a Metamask wallet (a web extension), which allows you to manage your Ethereum private keys via your web browser and hold ETH and Ethereum-based tokens, including NFTs.

How to install MetaMask

Chrome

  1. 2.
    Click “Get Chrome Extension”. You will be directed to Chrome Web Store.
  2. 3.
    Click “Add to Chrome”
  3. 4.
    On the pop up, click “Add extension”
After adding MetaMask extension, you’ll return to your browser page. MetaMask will appear on your browser. You may click on it to open MetaMask.

FireFox

  1. 2.
    Click “Get FireFox Extension”. You will be directed to FireFox Add-Ons.
  2. 3.
    Click “Add to FireFox”
  3. 4.
    On the pop up, click “Add”
After adding MetaMask extension, you’ll return to your browser page. MetaMask will appear on your browser. You may click on it to open MetaMask.

Opera

  1. 2.
    Click “Get Opera Extension”. You will be directed to Opera Add-ons .
  2. 3.
    Click “Add to Opera”
After adding MetaMask extension, you’ll return to your browser page. MetaMask will appear on your browser. You may click on it to open MetaMask.

Brave

  1. 2.
    Click “Get Brave Browser”. You will be directed to Brave website.
  2. 3.
    Click “Download”. MetaMask is built in the browser.

Securing your wallet

First, make sure you keep your Secret Backup Phrase (or “Seed Phrase”) in a secure location. If you lose your seed phrase, you will not be able to access your wallet and your funds will be lost forever. Using a password manager or writing the phrase on a piece of paper and storing it in a safe but memorable place can save you some headaches.
Additionally, if you have a hardware wallet like Ledger or Trezor, you can connect it to your Metamask for additional security by following this guide. But beware, Metamask can be victim of phishing attacks in a few ways (see the full guide here):
1) Your computer can be compromised with malware/spyware and you stored your private information on your computer.
2) You have visited a malicious phishing website that stole your information.
3) You gave your private key or seed phrase to someone or a site.
4) You gave a web3 site/smart contract unlimited access to your funds (check who you gave access to and revoke here: https://tac.dappstar.io/#/).
5) You installed a fake MetaMask extension that stole your funds.
To be on the safe side, we suggest only interacting with NFT marketplaces and websites with a transactional account that doesn’t hold your NFTs, and transferring your purchases to another Ethereum account that doesn’t interact with any websites. This second account will act as a safe vault and will prevent any damaging hacks.