Why do I need a login & password to use the Airbitz wallet?

The login and password provide two critical pieces of the Airbitz security model, encryption and backup.

1. They are the source of the encryption key used to encrypt private keys and user data before it is stored or backed up. This encryption key is therefore owned only by the user, not Airbitz. Airbitz has no ability to decrypt user data or spend users’ funds.
2. They are the credentials used to obtain your encrypted data on multiple devices should you need access on multiple devices or if a phone is lost or stolen.

Even though a login & password might *feel* like you are connecting to a hosted service, in reality, the Airbitz wallet can *login* locally on your device without access to the network. This *offline* login simply decrypts the data already on your device.

Users can try this as an example:

1. Login to your account.
2. Settings -> Logout (this prevents the server assisted PIN relogin)
3. Enable Airplane Mode
4. Login to your account using your full login & password

This is one key aspect of the strong decentralized architecture of Airbitz. Airbitz servers are not actually required to Send funds from a wallet as it accesses the bitcoin network directly without the need of any Airbitz infrastructure. Should Airbitz ever completely shutdown, users will still be able to send out their funds using this functionality.

Enjoy your decentralization

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