Getting Started With MetaMask
MetaMask is an important part of the Ethereum network. It allows crypto newbies to take their first steps into the world of blockchain. Put simply, MetaMask is a software cryptocurrency wallet used to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. It allows users to access their Ethereum wallet through a browser extension or mobile app, which can then be used to interact with decentralized applications.
The benefit of using MetaMask is that it exists solely on your computer and gives you full control of your funds. The best way to use MetaMask is as a store for the coins you need to enjoy or create Ethereum dApps.
So, how do you set up MetaMask on your local computer?
Go to MetaMask homepage, the interface you see will be similar to this.
Click on the download button and select your preferred method of download, if you’re making use of a chrome browser to access the website, do select “Install MetaMask for chrome”. This will install MetaMask as a chrome extension.
Once you are done downloading MetaMask on your browser, you will be presented with the following two pages, “Welcome to MetaMask Page” & “New to MetaMask Page”. You are to select your wallet method preference, if you want a new wallet or you’d want to import one. I’ll recommend you create a new wallet.
Up Next, you need to create a password, do make sure the password strength is very strong to avoid security issues that arises from easy guessing of your password. Also take note of your Secret Recovery Phrase and back it up.
And that’s all! Your MetaMask wallet is ready!
You will be presented with an interface similar to this after successful creation of your MetaMask wallet.
To enable easy use of your MetaMask wallet on the go, click on the extensions icon in your chrome browser (If that’s what you using for this tutorial), search for the MetaMask wallet extension and pin it. This way the MetaMask wallet icon is always present for you to use quicker as its pinned to your browser’s menu bar.
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