Lightning Wallet for Android: Shango

Another lightning network wallet is being produced called Shango. Currently, the wallet is not open source but could become open source in the near future. The Shango repository only contains a README explaining the wallet’s functionality. A user of the Shango wallet has the option to point their wallet to their own private LN node or they may use the cloud services.

Neogeo, the host of the repository makes a case in the README concerning the superiority of cloud hosted nodes:

This is in contrast to the false sense of security you get with your privately managed server at home or phone based wallet where you can lose power and data anytime, and has WIFI access to make it easily accessible by hackers outside your door and where any other software installed could be compromising your machine already without you knowing. Granted if you are a security expert you can do a lot to prevent casual hacks but not all of us can or want to do this.

I don’t know about you but I personally don’t have the time or resources to build industrial strength security into my own private Raspberry Pi node and if my money was truly at stake I would much rather be trusting a professional service than myself any day. Not that AWS is unhackable, but the chances are far less and at the end of the day, if they get hacked you will be in the same boat as giants like Verizon, Netflix, Comcast etc and you have a much better case suing them for damages than trying to get back your funds you lost from your Windows PC because you forgot to change your password regularly.

As we advised above, it is best to use open source software when handling your finances so until Shango is fully deployable and open source, the reader can reference this list for all the Lightning wallet options.

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