Elliptic Vault looks to cash in on secure insured Bitcoin storage service worldwide

01/09/2014 - 00:00

The world’s first insured bitcoin storage service has launched in the UK, with insurance underwritten byLloyd’s of London.

Named Elliptic Vault, the service uses advanced “deep cold storage” techniques to secure its customers’ bitcoins. Deep cold storage involves the use of both strong encryption and secure physical locations.

Tom Robinson, co-founder of Elliptic, which is based in London, said:

“Securing your bitcoins involves implementing advanced encryption and even then you are still at risk of losing them. Elliptic Vault secures your bitcoins for you and is insured against theft or loss, so our customers can have peace of mind that their bitcoins are safe.”

Demand for securityWithin the past week, the price of bitcoin peaked at over $1,020. Given that the price was only £125 just three months ago, many people have amassed something of a bitcoin fortune.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of instances recently of people losing their bitcoins, either due to human error, or the interference of criminals.

In November, for example, James Howells from Wales realised he had sent $6.5m worth of bitcoins to landfill after throwing out a computer hardrive that contained the wallet files and private keys required to access his coins.

Other bitcoiners have seen their digital currency hoards disappear due to hackers breaking into the wallet services they use. In early November, Inputs.io suffered two hacks, which saw 4,100 BTC emptied from user wallets. Following such developments, many people are anxious to find somewhere secure to store their bitcoins.

“We know a lot of people are concerned about the security of their bitcoin holdings,” said Robinson. ”We are providing a service that will give people peace of mind that their bitcoins are safe and secure,” he added.

Currently, the service is aimed at those with a relatively large collection of bitcoins, with the minimum level of cover set at £5,000. However, Robinson said his company is aiming to reduce this as the product evolves.