No matter if you use an external device or not, the Polkadot extension is the best way to manage your accounts, as it has many advantages:

  • It provides better security than using the Web UI directly
  • Your browser won't "forget" your accounts if its cookies are cleared
  • It allows you to interact with any Web 3.0 compatible site in the Polkadot ecosystem
  • The extension recognizes all known Polkadot (and not only) scams and alerts you when you access a phishing site. This will help you protect yourself and your funds.

Note: The Polkadot extension is an account manager, not a wallet. You will still need to use Polkadot-js UI to interact with your accounts and see your balance. 

The Polkadot extension is a plugin that you can install directly through the Google Chrome Store or via Firefox Add-ons.

BEWARE OF SCAMS! There are from time to time phishing extensions in the web stores that pose as Polkadot wallets. Beware not to fall victim to them!

Download the Polkadot extension only from the links above and DO NOT create accounts or enter your mnemonic phrase in any extension, site or app that you don't trust explicitly!

Learn more on how to protect yourself from scams here.