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What are wallets?
Wallets provide users with a gateway to access and transfer their blockchain addresses and tokens using public and private key cryptography. Each account has one private key, sort of a passwort or pin to access an account and a public key that acts as an account number. By logging into your wallet, you are able to check your balance, to send and to receive tokens on your address. Wallets can be custom software, a service on a website, apps or even paper print outs.
Full and light clients
So-called full nodes directly connect to the blockchain and offer users the possibility to become a direct part of the network. They require the download and installation of software. A full node synchronizes with the network, so it has to download the full blockchain. This may take hours based on the size of the chain and the respective internet connection.
By using a light client, some external provider syncs with the blockchain keep track of everything. Users can simply opt-in and use the service. Yet, this way a wallet user is not a real part of the network and cannot review information on his own.
What do I need?
For beginners, the browser-based light client is the easiest way to get started. Once you become more experienced you can switch to a full node to download the blockchain to your computer and possibly become a consensus node.
We plan on adding additional tutorials for alternative clients and operating systems in the future and possibly some explainer videos.