Safe storage of your keys is the best way to limit your exposure to having your account compromised. The safest way to interact with Splinterlands is through Hive Keychain. You can find the appropriate version for your desired device by following these steps.
Note: there is also a mobile version of Hive Keychain
Steps 1-5 are on the install Process which may look slightly different from device to device.
Steps A-K are on the setup and usage of the Hive Keychain.
Optional instructions for adding a second account. Steps H & I
Optional instructions for changing the keys stored in your keychain: Steps H & J & K & L
Hive Keychain Installation
Step 1: Google Hive Keychain - make sure the link says hive-keychain.com.
Step 2: Go to hive-keychain.com and scroll down until you find the appropriate browser/device.
Step 3: Select the appropriate link and download the setup file. For this example, we are using Brave. Yours will look similar but will depend on the browser version. Click Add to Brave.
Step 4: Click Add Extension to Brave. This will give the Keychain permission to interact with websites and sign transactions without you having to enter your HIVE keys every time.
Step 5: Click the Puzzle Piece circled in red and then the purple Hive Keychain link.
Setup and Usage of Hive Keychain
Step A: Set up a unique password you will use to open the keychain on this device. After you make up a password you will hit the submit button. This password is device-specific.
Step B: Next you will be prompted with the setup screen. Click the first button to use keys/pwd.
Step C: You will need the master password that Splinterlands provided you (circled in purple).
You will take your username and master password and put them into the dialog box. You can load your keys one at a time, but it's most efficient to load your master password. Then click the Import Keys button.
Step D: Pick which keys you want to import then click Save.
Step E: After you click Save, your wallet should look similar to this.
Step F: Test your keys. Go to Splinterlands.com and click the Login button
Step F1: Fill in your username and click Login with KEYCHAIN.
Step F2: This pop-up will let you know you are about to sign a transaction from your account with the posting key. This will pop up every time an application asks for your permission to sign the transaction in your name. You may click the button (circled in red) and this pop-up will not show up again.
Step F3: After you click Confirm, the website will show you as logged in.
Now that we have verified your keys work you will do the most important step in the process.
STEP G: TAKE ALL LEFTOVER COPIES OF YOUR KEYS AND PUT THEM IN COLD STORAGE.
A zip drive or external hard drive is the best for this. Take your master password, remove it from any access to the internet, and put it in a safe location in case you need it. Be creative, be safe, and have a plan in place in case you become incapacitated.
Optional instructions for adding a second account: Steps H & I
Changing the keys stored in your keychain: Steps H, J, K & L
Step H: Adding a second account to your keychain. Click the Three Lines above.
Step I: Click Add Account, then follow Steps B-E.
Step J: MANAGE ACCOUNTS SCREEN
If you click on the blue circle, you get the private key stored in Hive Keychain, the green circle will show you the public key for your wallet, and clicking the red circle will remove this key from the wallet.
Step K: Click the Remove Key from Step I and your screen will look like this. If you then click the Plus button next to the key you want to add, it will take you to the next screen.
Step L: Add a new key and click Import Key.
Step M: Refer back to Step G.