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ccvault.io Wallet:  A review

Summary

  • ccvault.io is a Cardano wallet for Chrome and Firefox browsers, or Android and iPhone mobile devices. ccvault.io provides a full set of features for interfacing with Cardano to receive and send ADA and NFTs, vote, manage stake pool delegation, and interact with decentralized applications (DApps).
  • ccvault.io gets high marks for having many great features: over 17 to date. However it has room to grow in the areas of newcomer-friendly interface and user experience.

All time combined rating

3.40 / 5
Average rating

All time combined reviews

5
Total reviews
4 Star
60%
3 Star
20%
2 Star
20%

All time ratings breakdown

User Interface & User Experience

3 / 5
1 Reviews

Support

4 / 5
1 Reviews

Decentralization

2 / 5
1 Reviews

Reliability

4 / 5
1 Reviews

Roadmap

4 / 5
1 Reviews
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ccvault.io is a closed-source Cardano wallet developed and maintained by Tastenkunst, a limited liability (GmbH) advertising company based in Leipzig Germany. Of the 7 Cardano wallets I’ve tried so far, ccvault.io is by far the most feature-rich. ccvault.io is great for sending and receiving ADA, registering to vote on Project Catalyst proposals, managing your stakepool delegation, managing your NFTs and interacting with DApps. It is classified as a light wallet because it doesn’t run the entire blockchain in your browser or mobile device, but instead connects to Tastenkunst servers to read and post transactions to the Cardano network.

ccvault.io is one of the few wallets that provides “Power User” features that can be managed in the settings. These include token fragmentation, adding metadata messages, turning “Send All” on and off, toggling “single address” and “HD address” modes, and exporting and importing wallets, to name a few.

ccvault.io has been around since January 2021, with no known security incidents to date.

Because ccvault is a light wallet, getting started, creating a passphrase, and beginning your Cardano journey takes less than 10 minutes.

With the ccvault.io mobile app for Android and iPhone you can check your balance, buy and send NFTs, and do most of the same things you can do with ccvault.io desktop. Interacting with DApps is one exception; this requires using the desktop application.

When things go awry, you can get support using their Discord ticket system. ccvault also provides limited support via their Telegram and Twitter accounts.


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3 / 5
1 Reviews

Ccvault looks like a system that was built by engineers and accountants. Interestingly, it was originally created to address Tastenkunst's internal accounting needs. There’s lots of features and most of them are presented to you with no choice in the matter. Crucial functionality - like sending ADA - are only accessible in tabs that do not always look like something to click. The gray texts on gray backgrounds can be difficult to read. Newcommerce often gets confused between the website and the extension, since there’s not a landing page. Instead, ccvault.io throws you directly into the ‘wallet’ interface. Wallets created using the extension do not show up at ccvault.io and vice versa. Adding a UX/UI designer to the team will provide an immediate 10x to the current UX/UI. As an engineer myself, it’s super clear that a UX/UI person has not been involved with the wallet’s development thus far.

I give ccvault.io a UI/UX rating of 3.

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4 / 5
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ccvault.io is the best support I’ve seen among the wallets so far. They are very active and responsive to Discord tickets. From time to time they pop into twitter spaces to answer community questions and provide live support! They iterate quite frequently, responding to user feedback.

With that being said, none of these channels are popular with people who aren’t blockchain or technology insiders. With Cardano vying to be the blockchain for the one billion people currently excluded from much of the global financial system, good old fashion email, text, or other messaging systems (ie, Whatsapp) would go a long way towards onboarding that cohort.

If you know what a Discord is, I would be surprised if getting help or a question answered takes more than 30 minutes.

I give ccvault.io a Support rating of 4.

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2 / 5
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ccvault.io is closed-source, does not make use of the stake pool network for transaction processing, is not owned by a DAO, and runs much of the server infrastructure that powers the wallet in heroku.com compute centers. It does not get much more centralized than that!

With that being said, ccvault.io remote servers do not store your passphrase. Even though there’s lots of centralization with transactions going through a central server, key operations happening locally on your computer limit the attack vectors associated with centralization.

I give ccvault.io a Decentralization rating of 2.

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4 / 5
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With the exception of transactions that take a long time to process when there are viral events in Cardano, ccvault.io is very reliable. Things just work! There is lots of education and detail about what it is you’re doing when you interact with Cardano via the wallet.

The team is very responsive to known bugs and issues. Updates to the wallet sometimes arrive within 30 minutes of it getting reported by the community!

I give ccvault.io a Reliability rating of 4.

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While ccvault.io does not have a public roadmap, they have held and participated in Twitter spaces about things they are working on. They are not shy about answering questions about anything, and they post every now and then about upcoming releases and features they hope to add or iterate on. ccvault.io is active enough in the community to assume they will be around for at least a while longer. It is still a pet project at an ad agency; we will see if they grow up to be a real-life spinoff or pivoted company!

I give ccvault.io a Reliability rating of 4.

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