What Is a Seed Phrase?
A seed phrase, or a recovery phrase, is a series of 12 to 24 randomised words used to unlock a cryptocurrency wallet and its private keys. This string of words is typically generated by a crypto wallet’s software and derived from its private keys, serving as a master password for the digital wallet. Users of the digital wallet are then tasked with securely maintaining a record of these words, in the order they appear, for future reference.
To illustrate, if a user’s computer is damaged or their hard drive becomes corrupted, the seed phrase can recover the cryptocurrency associated with the wallet. Conversely, it can also mean that anyone else who gains access to the seed phrase can access the funds in the wallet. So keeping it safe and secure is of utmost importance.