Uphold adds Bitcoin support for its assisted self-custody wallet Vault

- Makes self custody practical for mainstream users
- Combines security of self custody with convenience of centralized trading
- Key replacement reduces the risk of irrecoverable fund loss


LONDON, April 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Uphold, the global web3 financial platform, today announces bitcoin as the next asset that can be deposited into Vault - an assisted self-custody wallet that strips away the complexities in securing digital assets.

Originally, Vault supported XRP, but this addition transitions Vault into the early stages of being a truly multi-chain assisted self custody wallet.

Vault opens up the ultimate security of self custody to mainstream holders of bitcoin while retaining the convenience of the Uphold centralized trading venue that is one click away. And, with its assisted self custody, Vault allows users to generate a new key should one be lost or compromised. This reduces the risk of irrecoverable fund loss, which has been a major impediment to mainstream adoption of self custody.

“Many of us are familiar with the challenges users face in managing their bitcoin keys and wallets,” said Simon McLoughlin, CEO of Uphold. “As bitcoin ownership expands, the need for enhanced security combined with trading convenience becomes ever-more apparent. Vault introduces a self-custody solution that's straightforward to use, completely independent of the Uphold app availability and offers a new key generation service to prevent loss of assets."

The launch of bitcoin ETFs, the news of the halving and the recent increasing value of bitcoin have led many new users to join the Bitcoin community and many more to increase their holdings. All of these assets should enjoy the ultimate security of self custody. But traditionally, self-custodying assets can be challenging - especially for newer crypto users – and if users lose the keys to the self-custody wallet, they lose all of their assets. Vault solves these challenges.

Vault currently supports XRP and BTC and will offer additional XRPL based assets, as well as more L1 chains such as XLM and XDC throughout 2024.

For more information, please visit www.uphold.com/vault.

About Uphold
Named the Best Crypto Exchange in the UK by Forbes Advisor, Uphold is committed to making web3 easy. As a web3 financial platform, Uphold serves millions of customers in more than 140 countries. It provides businesses and consumers with easy access to digital assets and services. Uphold’s unique “Anything to Anything” interface gives users seamless access to and between digital assets and national currencies and precious metals. Uniquely, Uphold smart routes orders across 30 trading venues delivering optimal execution and superior liquidity to customers. Uphold never loans out customer assets and is always 100% reserved. The company has pioneered radical transparency and uniquely publishes its assets and liabilities every 30 seconds on a public website (https://uphold.com/en-us/transparency).

Uphold is regulated in the U.S. by FinCen and State regulators; and is registered in the UK and Canada with the FCA and FINTRAC respectively and in Europe with the Financial Crime Investigation Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. To learn more about Uphold’s products and services, visit uphold.com.

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