So - you’ve read through my Serenity Shield review, and have decided that the concept of crypto inheritance sounds like something that fascinates you. In the review, I’ve also mentioned a few different times that the StrongBox dApp is still in development, and that it’d be some time until you can learn how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox.
Well - the time has come! Specifically, the StrongBox is currently in a closed Beta stage, and while the company behind the product has already made tremendous gains in regards to its development, it’s still not quite yet available to the public.
That being said, if you’re someone who can’t wait to get their hands on the dApp in question, or are reading this after it’s been fully launched, this tutorial is for you - today, we’ll discuss both how you can acquire SERSH tokens, as well as how the StrongBox will function, in great detail!
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How to Use Serenity Shield StrongBox: Laying the Groundwork
Before we dive into the deep end of how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox, there are a few things that we still need to establish, and clear up.
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For starters, yes - as I’ve mentioned in the introduction, as of writing this tutorial, the dApp still isn’t available for the public to be accessed and utilized. That being the case, most-all that we’ll cover in this article will be applicable to the live version of the StrongBox dApp, when it finally launches.
In other words, if you’re reading this some time in the future, when the StrongBox is available to the general public, most of the information that you’ll find in this tutorial will surely remain relevant, and you’ll still be able to follow it as you create a StrongBox of your own.
Another point that you need to be aware of are the SERSH tokens - the native tokens of the Serenity Shield project. As of writing this, their acquisition is, well… Quite complicated. That’s actually the first thing that we’ll address, too, when we jump into the actual “How to Use Serenity Shield StrongBox?” tutorial.
Lastly, do keep in mind that this is a TUTORIAL - in other words, I assume that you’re already familiar with Serenity Shield, and the service model that it operates on. While we’ll still touch on a lot of the main features and functionalities as we progress through the article, if that’s something that you’d like to look into a bit more in-depth, do make sure to check out my dedicated Serenity Shield review, here.
So, with all of that being said, without further ado, let’s jump into the tutorial.
First Things First - Acquiring All of the Necessary Tokens
The very first part of learning how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox doesn’t even directly relate to the dApp in question. Instead, it has to do with all of the different tokens needed to start interacting with Serenity Shield.
That’s right - ALL of them. Meaning, even when you figure out how to buy SERSH tokens, there are still two other types of crypto tokens that you’ll need to acquire, in order to use the full functionality of the StrongBox dApp.
We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, though. First, let’s focus on the SERSH token price and acquisition parts.
So, as mentioned earlier, as of writing this tutorial, the acquisition of the SERSH token is still a complicated topic. There’s but a single reason why that’s the case, though - the fact that the token still isn’t available to be traded by the general public.
Same as any other project token out there, there are private sale and pre-sale rounds that need to be completed, before the token hits the public sale phase, and can be traded by everyone. Judging by the team’s current roadmap, the answer to the question of how to buy SERSH tokens is pretty straightforward - if you’re not whitelisted for any of the private sales, and will miss out on the presales, you’ll need to wait until 2023, when the dApp itself will be launched.
The SERSH token price, at launch, will be set at $0,50. The token itself will be used to interact with the StrongBox dApp - to be a bit more specific, it will be used to pay for one of the subscription plans that you choose to utilize (yes, learning how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox involves figuring out the different plans available with the product, as well).
Whenever SERSH will become available to be traded publicly, you can rest assured that the token will reside on some popular and well-known exchanges - so, acquiring it shouldn’t prove to be a hassle, whatsoever.
UPDATE: The SERSH token round-2 presale is now LIVE! Head here in order to be among the very first people to purchase SERSH tokens, so that you wouldn't need to worry about them when the dApp finally launches!
The other two tokens that you’ll need to hold are SOL and SCRT. The former is very self-explanatory - it’s the native coin of the Solana blockchain, the network on which the StrongBox dApp is based. However, SCRT is a bit more intriguing.
If you’ve read through my Serenity Shield review, you probably know what Secret Network is. To get you up to speed, this is an anonymity- and privacy-concerned network. With Serenity Shield being based on this particular network, it essentially has privacy built into the project, so to speak - only you and your nominees will ever have access to your account.
Both the SOL coins, as well as the SCRT tokens are used to pay for service within the StrongBox dApp. Naturally, as we progress through the “How to Use Serenity Shield StrongBox?” tutorial, you’ll notice that these fees aren’t anything major - instead, both assets are used to pay for the minting process of special NFT keys, for your account.
For the sake of this tutorial, I’ll be using a MetaMask wallet, a Phantom wallet for storing my SOL coins, as well as a Keplr wallet for storing the SCRT tokens. If you’re following along, you will need to use these three wallets, as well - just keep in mind that you’ll need some SOL and SCRT tokens within them, as well!
StrongBox dApp: The Basics
Once you have your wallets set up and funded (don’t forget that you’ll need to figure out how to buy SERSH tokens, as well!), you’re all set to start using the StrongBox dApp.
The platform is essentially a security-oriented crypto inheritance solution. It’s not a wallet - that’s a popular misconception that some people seem to have. Instead, it’s a place where you would store some very sensitive information (think: your wallet private keys) that you would want to pass on to a nominee, in case you, well… Die.
Before going deeper into how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox, allow me to first explain the premise of the dApp, and how it works.
The StrongBox will allow you to store the aforementioned sensitive information on a smart contract, for a one-time fee. Then, you will need to create accounts for your nominees - the people who would receive all of that information. You’ll be able to create a custom hierarchy of these individuals, or simply add a single nominee, too - it’s up to you.
As you create your account, three NFTs will be minted (well, two, but you could mint the third one for your nominee, as well, so that they wouldn’t need to do so themselves). The first NFT will be stored on the same smart contract. The second NFT will be transferred to you. The third and final NFT would remain within the contract, for the time being.
When would the third NFT be released to your nominee, you might wonder? Well, as mentioned in the Serenity Shield review, the process is actually kind of interesting.
When you create your account, you’ll have the option to choose a period of time - say, 3 months. Then, every 3 months, you will receive a notification on your phone. If you ignore it, you’ll get a call. If you don’t answer, you’ll get an email, as a last-ditch effort to contact you.
If you ignore all three, the smart contract will assume that you’ve died - it will then mint the third NFT, and send it to your designated nominee. The process is quite simple, but also very clever, as well!
So, that’s the general premise of how to use the StrongBox dApp. Well, at least in theory, of course - with that out of the way, we can start checking it out, a bit more closely.
How to Use the StrongBox, Step-by-Step
Do keep in mind that some of the steps might be a bit different from when you’ll be accessing the dApp - so, even though I’ll show you how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox, the live version might be a bit more optimized, when it finally launches.
Also, once again - I’ll assume that you’ve created your Phantom and Keplr wallets, and have funded them with some relevant tokens, as well.
Step 1: Your very first step is to navigate to the front page of the dApp. I don’t really have the link to it yet (because it’s not live yet), but chances are that you’ll be able to find it on the Serenity Shield official website.
The page will likely contain some general information about the project, just as it does now. Then, at the bottom, you can also see download links for all three wallets that you’ll need - MetaMask, Phantom, and Keplr. While it might feel overwhelming for anyone who’s just starting out with crypto, I can assure you - once you download and set up the wallets, it gets much easier from there.
Now, once you’re ready, click “Connect to StrongBox DApp”.
Step 2: The page that opens up will provide you with the option to connect via the three wallets mentioned above. You can choose to connect via any of the wallets that you’d like, but for the sake of this “How to Use Serenity Shield StrongBox dApp?” tutorial, I’ll be going with Phantom.
Step 3: Once you connect with your wallet, you’ll be redirected to a registration page. Here, you will need to enter your name and surname, as well as your mobile phone number and email. There will also be an option to identify yourself, via KYC verification, if you’d wish to do so.
After you pass the registration window, and confirm your account via email and SMS, you’ll be redirected to the subscription plan page. Here, you’ll need to pick a plan that best suits your wants and needs!
The plans will differ in the number of StrongBoxes that you can create, both for yourself, as well as your nominees. While these plans are still in preparation (thus, I can’t really show them to you), they will include the aforementioned monthly subscription that you’ll need to pay in SERSH tokens
Once you pick a plan, and confirm your registration via your Keplr wallet (Secret Network), you’ll be redirected to your dashboard!
So, the dashboard - this is the area that you’ll likely be spending the most time in! Once you figure out what is the StrongBox dApp, the dashboard will surely prove itself to be very simple to use and navigate through.
In the center of the page, you’ll see all of your personal accounts, as well as your nominees. Both of these are created by you, and both will also ever only be seen by you - neither Serenity Shield, nor anyone else will ever have access to your dashboard. One of the perks of building a project on the Secret Network!
On the left side of the page, this is where all of your menus and settings are located. You can access your personal StrongBox (create an account, and store data within it), create nominee accounts, and set up the heritage hierarchy (if you have more than one nominee account created).
A big part of learning how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox involves managing your account information, as well as your nominees. Since we’re talking about inheritance here, it’s crucial that these sections would be explored thoroughly, and that you’d double- and triple-check whether everything is as it should be.
Creating a Personal Account
No matter what you choose to do once you learn how to use the StrongBox dApp, your very first step will still be creating a personal account. So, let’s do just that.
Step 1: From your dashboard, navigate to the top of the page, and click “New Personal StrongBox”.
Step 2: The next few pages will involve you entering all of the required information, in order to create your StrongBox account.
First, you need to give it a label, and choose the content type (the information) that you’ll be storing within. As of writing this “How to Use Serenity Shield StrongBox?” tutorial, there are four options, in total:
- Wallet CEX (a traditional exchange-based wallet - think Binance)
- Wallet DEX (a decentralized exchange-based wallet - think 1Inch)
- Wallet Hardware (i.e. Ledger Nano X)
- Wallet Desktop (i.e. Ledger Live)
All of these options relate to wallets, more specifically - wallet private keys. So, in other words, the StrongBox dApp will allow you to store your wallet private keys on it - this would be the information that’s passed down to your nominees.
Naturally, whenever there are private keys involved, with anything, people tend to get very tense. As they should - if your wallet private keys get compromised, it’s the same as if your physical wallet were to get pulled out of your hands - all of your crypto assets stored in that wallet are in danger!
However, this is exactly the reason why Serenity Shield stresses all of the security measures that they employ, in regards to their product. Security Network is just one of them - the company ensures all of its future clients that there’s no way that anyone could access their StrongBox, as long as the individuals themselves don’t leak their data.
Moving on, as you continue to learn how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox, you’ll also notice that you can turn on 2FA - two-factor authentication - on your account, as well. This is an added layer of security.
Lastly, once you set everything up, you’ll need to review the information that you’ve prepared, and if all seems in order, mint your account.
As you’ll notice, in order to commence the mint, there are two types of fees that need to be paid - SCRT, and SOL. This is why, as I’ve mentioned earlier in the tutorial, you’ll need both the Keplr and Phantom wallets.
Now, once you do engage the mint, you’ll be prompted to confirm it with both of the aforementioned wallets. In doing so, you’ll receive an NFT, and another NFT will be minted on the smart contract. This is part of the process we’ve discussed earlier in the “How to Use Serenity Shield StrongBox?” tutorial.
Creating a Nominee Account
Once you’ve created your main account, the next step is to add a nominee. Once again, this is a very simple and straightforward process!
Step 1: From the main menu on the left of your dashboard, navigate to the “Heir” tab.
Step 2: Here, you will need to select a nominee, or create a new nominee account. Creating an account for your nominee isn't anything complicated - you won’t need to reveal any super-personal information about them! All that the StrongBox dApp will require is for you to enter your nominee's name and surname, email address, phone number, and wallet type & public key.
Step 3: Once you do so, you will then have the option to write a custom message to your nominee - one that they will be able to view before opening your StrongBox, after you’ve deceased. You may also choose whether or not your want your nominee(s) to see the StrongBox - this is completely up to you.
Step 4: Next up, you will need to set up an inactivity period. This can be anywhere from 7 days, up to 3 months. While I’ve hinted at how this would work earlier in the “How to Use Serenity Shield StrongBox?”, allow me to elaborate even further.
Whenever you create a StrongBox account, you’ll be using a crypto wallet to do so - multiple ones, actually. Well, the smart contract will periodically check the activity of your designated wallet - whether or not you’ve performed any transactions in the set period of time.
If you did, then you won’t receive any notifications. If not, though, then the earlier-discussed notification-call-email sequence will commence. A truly unique system!
Step 5: Lastly, once you’ve reviewed everything, and have decided that it’s ‘up to par’, you can mint the nominee StrongBox. In addition to that, you may also choose to prepay the one-time inheritance fee of $25.
This is something that your nominee will need to pay, in order to access your StrongBox. However, if you’d like, you may also choose to pay for it yourself - once again, it’s something that’s completely up to you!
After you complete all of the payment processes (via the aforementioned wallets), and depending on what it is that you choose, your nominee account will be created and assigned to your main StrongBox. If you’ve set everything up correctly, that’s it - you now know how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox!
The one thing that you still need to do is set up the hierarchy of your accounts - this is important if you have more than one nominee.
So - that’s the tutorial of how to use the StrongBox dApp! As I’ve mentioned at the beginning of the article, some things might still change, depending on the feedback that Serenity Shield receives during the closed Beta part of the project. In essence, however, everything should remain relatively similar.
My opinion? I think that the StrongBox project is truly one of a kind, and if the end product ends up being something similar to the current experience, it’s definitely worth checking out!
It’s a sentiment that was echoed throughout my dedicated Serenity Shield review, as well. While it’s definitely an ambitious project, Serenity Shield aims to offer a truly unique method of ensuring that your wallet private keys - and thus, your crypto assets - end up in the right hands, in case something were to happen to you.
On top of that, there are other, additional benefits that are worth keeping in mind, as well. For example, the StrongBox dApp NFTs will be minted on the Solana blockchain, which results in speed and low minting costs. However, Serenity Shield aims to be chain-agnostic - meaning, users will eventually be able to access the dApp via all of the big Layer-1 blockchains, such as Ethereum.
All in all, Serenity Shield aims to become a huge part of the Web 3.0 ecosystem - “the future”, as they put it themselves. Judging by the roadmap that the company has in place, it has already made major steps in the right direction - and there are still plenty of huge updates and launches planned, too!
Lastly, it’s worth emphasizing that while the SERSH token price might be volatile, upon launch, it’s great to see that the StrongBox project integrates the native token into its functionality. There are many different crypto projects out there that do not - this, in turn, renders their tokens somewhat obsolete.
If you’re interested in how to buy SERSH tokens, let me remind you that you’ll need to wait until the public sale, unless you have a whitelisted wallet address. You can find more information on the company’s official website, as well as on their social media pages (i.e. Twitter).
With all of that being said, thanks for reading my dedicated tutorial on how to use Serenity Shield StrongBox! I do hope that it was informative to you, and that you now have a better idea of what the project is all about!
If the StrongBox dApp is already live when you’re reading this, make sure to use the guide in this tutorial to help you set up your very first StrongBox account in a fast and hassle-free manner. If it’s still unavailable, though, you can simply bookmark the article at the top of your page, so that you could find it easily, when StrongBox comes out.
Lastly, if you’d still like to learn more about the actual features, benefits, and shortcomings of Serenity Shield, make sure to check out my review of the project - you can find it here.
Thanks again for reading, and good luck with all of your crypto-related ventures to come!