Tutorial – How to create a BAT/ETH wallet using MyEtherWallet (MEW) – Part 1/2

This is a guide for creating and managing your own Ethereum (and ERC20 tokens, such as BAT) using MyEtherWallet (MEW). If you’d like to jump straight into learning how to send funds from a wallet you already created, check out part 2 of this tutorial series.

Warning: Before you continue, one of the most important rules of managing crypto online is to NEVER click on a link to access websites such as wallets and exchanges. Clicking on links to access wallets or exchanges is one of the most common ways to get your funds stolen because you end up entering your password/private keys into a compromised website. To reinforce crypto-safety best practices, don’t click on the MEW link above, and instead make a new window and type “myetherwallet.com” into your address bar.  

What is MyEtherWallet (MEW)?

MyEtherWallet (MEW) is a “free, open-source, client-side interface.” Basically, the webpage loads a program onto your computer that your browser runs offline to generate, open, and manage a wallet that sends Ethereum and ERC20 tokens (such as BAT). MEW is generally the safest, cost-effective (free) method of managing your own Ethereum and Ethereum-based crypto currencies and tokens. Since all Ethereum tokens run on top of the Ethereum network, this is what you will use to manage your BAT (or any other ERC20 token).

So let’s get started! Start a new window and type in “myetherwallet.com” into your address bar! (Also, good practice is to double-check the address bar to make sure the address is correct, and there isn’t an extra ‘t’ or something, like myetherwallett.com. A mistyped MEW site is 100% a scam site!)


This is the first screen you’ll see when you go to this site. They provide basic information about their program, and also warnings and safety suggestions. Let’s continue. Click on of the dark area behind the presented view to dismiss it.

Creating Your First Ethereum Wallet

After dismissing the presented view, you will see a screen titled “Create New Wallet.”


  1. Enter a password that you will use to unlock your wallet. This password should be long, yet easy to memorize. If you’ve never seen the xkcd comic, check it out to see a good way to create passwords you can remember. You can use sites like howsecureismypassword.net to get a sense of how secure your password is. In worst case scenario, someone obtains your wallet file but will need to be able to crack your password to access your funds. You want to make this as hard as you can for them! But be sure you write it down so you don’t forget it! One of the easiest way people lose their crypto funds is by forgetting passwords to their encrypted wallets!!
  2. Click Create New Wallet to continue!

Keystore file – this is your encrypted “wallet” file

After you entered a password to create your wallet, the program will generate something called a Keystore file. This file is basically your encrypted wallet that can be unlocked with your password. In order to spend your funds, you will need access to this physical file (the Keystore file), and the password you created it with.


  1. Click to download the Keystore file. The download-window will come up, and it will default to a crazy file name. Just rename it something you will recognize, such as “bat-keystore” or anything else. Save/download the file after you rename it.
  2. Click to continue.

Private Key – this is equivalent to your money

The next screen will show you the Private Key that is associated with your wallet. In relation to the Keystore file, your Private Key = Keystore+password. That’s right, someone having access to your Private Key is equivalent to being able spend all of your crypto that resides in your wallet. My recommendation is do not EVER type or paste this anywhere. Do not send it to anyone in an email, do not send it to anyone in a text message. If you know how to, back it up in an encrypted container.


  1. Save your Private Key by copying and pasting into a text file, save in into a USB drive, and don’t ever let anyone get their hands on it!
  2. Optionally, print your Private Key, giving you a physical copy that you can store in a safe or lockbox. Remember, this printed ticket is equivalent to access of all crypto funds that will be sent to your wallet!
  3. Click to continue.

Accessing your Wallet with Keystore

Once you have created and backed up both your Keystore file and Private Key, you will now access your wallet for the first time. We want to make sure you remembered the password and also didn’t mistype it!


  1. Select Keystore / JSON File to access your wallet.Optionally, you can also choose the Private Key option below it, but I would NEVER recommend choosing this. Copying+pasting your private key to access your wallet is basically equivalent to flashing your safe combination every time you want to open your safe. Very risky if a program running in the background is logging text. At least with a Keystore, a program needs both the physical Keystore file as well as the password, so you would be resistant to keyloggers, if one was running in the background in a web browser or something.

Accessing your Wallet with Keystore, still…


  1. Select your Keystore file that you saved earlier.
  2. Type in the password you created your Keystore with.
    If you accidentally mistyped your password during creation and cannot unlock it, great! You now discovered this and didn’t lose any funds! Go back to step 1 to recreate your wallet (without mistyping your password!). You can discard this Keystore.
  3. Click to continue.

Your first Ethereum/BAT wallet!

After clicking Unlock, scroll down. Ta-da! You have created your first wallet!


  1. This is your wallet’s Public Address. This is where people will send you funds. For example, if someone wants to send you Ethereum, or BAT, or anything else, copy and paste this entire address. This can be public, so don’t worry. People who know your public address cannot spend your funds.
  2. If you ever lose your Private Key and want to back it up, you can always get access to it as long as you have your Keystore file and you can unlock it with your password. Remember, Keystore+password = Private Key. Having one set means you have the other!


That wasn’t so hard, was it? You can make as many wallets as you like! But here are some main points to take away when creating and managing your own wallet:

  • Create wallet using a STRONG password! In case someone has access to your Keystore file, they won’t be able to access your funds unless they can crack your password!
  • Keep your password in a safe place! But also don’t lose/forget it!
  • The Keystore file is essentially your wallet encrypted. To access your funds, you need physical access to your Keystore file and have your password to unlock it! You need to Save this file and back it up!
  • The Private Key is basically your wallet that is opened up for anyone to use! You can always open your wallet using your Private Key, but it is NOT recommended because it is susceptible to key loggers. Use this as your last-resort to open up your wallet in case you lose physical access to your Keystore, or if you forget your password!
  • Give people access to your Public Address to receive funds! Anyone can drop you Ethereum or ERC20 tokens (such as BAT) if they have your address. This can be public, so you can save this in an open text file for easy access!

In our next tutorial, we will show you how to send your crypto funds once someone has deposited either Ethereum or BAT into your wallet!

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Tutorial – Brave Payments – How to spend your BAT

Edit – December 19, 2018:

Brave has updated to a different UI engine (to full Chromium), and the following tutorial is no longer valid. Please check out the updated Brave tutorials here!

Today, Brave distributed the first batch of free BAT from their User Growth Pool (UGP)! This means that if you have Brave downloaded, you can get 30 BAT tokens for free! Follow the link for instructions on how to claim your free crypto! (Note: If you are not receiving the notification, try turning your Brave Payments in the Preferences on/off a few times).

Edit – Jan 18, 2018: Brave distributed their second round of UGP, totaling over $1 million in BAT!

So I have some BAT. How does Brave Payments work?

In a nutshell, Brave Payments is a way to passively support your favorite websites. Brave will take your visited websites and distribute to them your monthly contributions based on the time spent on each site. To view, go into Brave Preferences > Payments:


  1. Turn on Brave Payments if you haven’t already.
  2. Monthly Budget – This amount of BAT is what you will set to contribute to your visited websites (if you wish to do so). Since the value of BAT tokens fluctuates on a daily basis, you may see the USD value change periodically.
  3. The Green Checkmark signifies that the website is a Verified Brave Publisher. These websites have already registered with Brave and will be aware of your BAT contributions. Basically, these are the peeps that know what’s up!
  4. Percent Contribution is from the amount of your Monthly Budget that you will give to the website at the end of the month. This is automatically calculated from the amount of time you spend on each site.

Supporting only your Favorite sites

If you choose, you can also override the default contribution allocations by pinning your favorite sites. You’ll be able to allocate any amount to donate, anywhere from 1% to 100% (all) of your monthly contributions to individual sites.


  1. Click the Pin to enable a constant contribution each month to your favorite site.
  2. Set a custom contribution percent.

Disabling Payments

If there is a specific site or domain that you wish to NOT support, feel free to disable all contributions for that site.


  1. Click the Switch to disable a site from your monthly contributions.

YouTube Channels

If you’ve visited YouTube recently, you’ll notice that the YouTube domain comes up as well as other individual YouTube Channels! I’ve personally deactivated payments for Youtube.com and have pinned payments for specific YouTubers. Basically, you can think about sending BAT to the YouTubers not only as a way to support them, but also to get their attention and eyes on Brave! They will have to verify their channel in order to redeem their BAT, so sending BAT to channels with large amounts of viewers can be a great way to get the word out!


  1. Individual YouTube channels that you’ve visited on YouTube.com will show up as individual publishers. Select and Pin your favorite YouTubers to give them a constant monthly contribution!

Future of UGP

The BAT team has mentioned that since this is the very first distribution of the UGP, it will be relatively small compared to future batches. They are still testing it out and trying to find the best way to promote BAT and Brave.

If you have friends and family who aren’t using Brave yet, tell them about it and get them some free BAT!

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Who are Brave/BAT’s major partners? (updated Nov 17, 2017)

Currently, it seems the team is very hush-hush about who they are working with. From the BAT subreddit to the RocketChat, the BAT team has always preferred to steer away from hype and to let the news and revealed partnerships speak for themselves.

So what partnerships do we know about so far?

Here’s a compilation of what’s currently known to the public, and I’ll give my best personal opinion/interpretation of the meaning and potential benefits of the partnerships.

Partner: Uphold.com

  • Who are they: Uphold is a “platform for moving​ and holding any form of money or commodity, instantly and securely.” Basically, they’re an online money/crypto manager that lets you easily manage and buy crypto without having to deal with Bitcoin wallets, Ethereum wallets, broadcasting transactions to the blockchain (sending crypto), etc. For a newbie entering the market, creating an account on Uphold is probably the easiest and safest way to get and store your crypto (next to Coinbase, in my humble opinion. However, Coinbase cannot hold BAT – not yet).
  • What this partnership means: Partnering with a large money managing entity like Uphold serves 2 major purposes. The first one is to provide an easy way to acquire BAT (sort of. I’ve heard that you cannot directly purchase via credit card, and have to still transfer funds from a bank account before BAT can be purchased). The second, and more important purpose of Uphold, is to act as a payment gateway for Advertisers and publishers to directly do business with Brave. This establishes the groundwork for large amounts of money to flow into the Brave/BAT ecosystem while conforming to KYC and anti-laundering regulations.
  • In simple terms: Brave/BAT is set up to deal with large amounts of money in the future. We’re talking hundreds of thousands, to millions, to possibly billions. It will also possibly allow users to purchase and sell BAT directly through their browser. Imagine normal, everyday Joe’s being able to buy crypto currency through their browser!

Partner: DuckDuckGo.com

  • Who are they: DuckDuckGo is “The search engine that doesn’t track you.” Unlike Google who follows you around with trackers and advertisements and modified search results, DuckDuckGo prides itself on maintaining user privacy with limited advertisements. From Alexa results, you can see are getting more popular by the day, and may possibly be a contender for one of the top search engines. They are reminiscent of how FireFox dethroned Internet Explorer during the 90s and early 2000s.
  • What this partnership means: Partnering with DuckDuckGo allows wonderful things to happen. A browser that blocks all ads and trackers – meets the search engine that doesn’t track. Together, users will have complete privacy surfing the internet, while at the same time being rewarded for their attention from advertisements that they do allow. DuckDuckGo became a verified publisher in November 2017. However, in the BAT RocketChat, one of the admins stated that they will be more than just a Brave Publisher, and that they may play a larger role in participation of the platform. If you ask me, DuckDuckGo may be one of the first and primary sites to show off paid Advertisements, where users get paid each time they see an ad or use the search engine. If anything could dethrone Google, this would be it!
  • In simple terms: Top privacy browser meets top privacy search engine. It is still unknown what role DuckDuckGo will specifically play in the BAT platform, but they could be the launchpad for the new BAT advertisement ecosystem!

Partnerships in the future

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So I bought some BAT. How can I help?

If you’re reading this, chances are that you understand the revolutionary implications of Brave/BAT. And perhaps you’ve put your money where your mouth is already invested a little money in BAT.

So you might ask yourself, what can I do to help to promote the cause, the community, to set up BAT for success so that I can become a crypto millionaire? 

Simple. Do this One Simple Thing: Tell people about Brave.

Last week, my computer died. I brought it in to a local repair shop to get it checked out. As I was chatting with the repair guy, I ended up mentioning crypto and briefly mentioned BAT. Even though the person I was talking to was a tech-repair guy, the idea of crypto was still scary to him.

But I told him about what made BAT different, and mentioned the Brave browser. I said to him, this browser blocks everything. Ads, trackers, all bad junk by default. And it’s fast, really fast. So as a tech guy, browsers was something he understood and was interested in. “And it’s fast huh? That sounds pretty cool.” He immediately pulled up the Brave site and read it, and downloaded it in under 30 seconds.

Today, I stopped by to pick up my computer, and he said to me, “So over the weekend, I downloaded Brave on all my computers, the work computers, and I got all of my friends to get it too.”

Why mention Brave?

Being that BAT is a crypto currency can be pretty scary for everyday people to think about (even tech-savvy people who aren’t in the crypto space).

And it does not help that BAT requires users to understand things about online advertising, suffering publishers, and privacy-invaded users all at the same time. Honestly, these are things that people couldn’t care less about!

Let’s look at the advantages of discussing a browser vs a crypto currency:

  • It’s easier to understand (everyone knows what a browser is)
  • It’s easier to participate in (everyone has downloaded a browser before)
  • There is little to no risk (much cheaper to download a browser than to buy $100 of BAT)
  • Sets up BAT for success by growing the user count (in the end, all Advertisers want is to sell to people. Lots of people.)

BAT’s Long Term Success

The success of the BAT ecosystem depends on the 3-way chicken-egg-farmer problem between the users, publishers, and advertisers. The main driving force of BAT’s price will be Advertisers injecting advertising dollars into the ecosystem. So by increasing Brave’s user count, the platform’s success can almost be guaranteed, since Advertisers’ ultimate goal is to sell a lot of things to a lot of people.

Instead of telling people about the next crypto currency that will change everything, tell them about the next browser that will change everything.

So what can I mention to get my buddy and my entire family to download Brave? 

  • It blocks ads, popups, everything by default
  • It prevents malicious scripts from being executed, making it the safest browser ever (just say this word-for-word and they’ll have to get it, even if they don’t understand it!)
  • It is fast. Really fast. Yes, even faster than Chrome! (I don’t know if this is really true for every site, but it’s probably true enough)
  • Show them your computer’s Ads Blocked, Trackers Blocked statistics when opening a new tab
  • And if they are super computer-illiterate, just download Brave for them! (and make it their default browser)

Good luck brave investor!

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Disclaimer: Do not take anything on this website as investment advice. Due to the high risk and volatility of BAT and other crypto currencies, we do not recommend investing any amount of money in BAT or any crypto currency. However, we do recommend that you download BRAVE, because it’s awesome and you and everyone you know should use it.

Where’s the BAT Cave?

I’m sure by now you’re convinced that BAT is going to be the next sliced bread. So where do all the BAT folks hang out at? Where’s the BAT Cave??


BAT team’s official Reddit sub is /r/BATProject. The team periodically releases official news here, and the rest of the time they are quite active responding to the community. Currently they have around 21,000 subscribers and growing daily. If you have any general questions about BAT, whether it be about the team, the roadmap, or even its price/worth, this is the place to ask!

Telegram Chat

The BAT Telegram can be found here @BATProject. This is where most of the chat chaos takes place, and admins can be found in and out throughout the day!

Rocket Chat

The BAT RocketChat was the second official chat outlet that replaced their first chat outlet, their Slack channel. The link is here at BasicAttentionToken.rocket.chat, but it is much less populated than the Telegram channel. Still, team members are still active here, so this is still a good place to check out!


This Brave website, – community.brave.com – is a place for users to report on bugs in the Brave browser. While the Brave browser is quite fast and blocks ads quite well, isn’t perfect. It has its fair share of glitches, sometimes on Windows, sometimes on Mac, and sometimes on mobile phones.

If you ever come across something major (or minor), feel free to create an account on the site and report what you find! (But be sure to make sure it wasn’t already reported in the Search function!) Official Brave developers are always active there and address almost every submitted report.

If you haven’t already, feel free to stop by any of these outlets and say hello!