Trust is Our Product™
Protecting your cryptocurrency and your personal information is what we do — it’s how we earn your trust. Security is the cornerstone of our culture and we have operated with a security-first mentality from day one. Simply put, trust is our product.
Our Cryptocurrency Security
The majority of your cryptocurrency is held in our offline, air-gapped Cold Storage system. Only a small portion of your cryptocurrency is held in our fully-insured, online Hot Wallet.
Our Cold Storage System
- We use hardware security modules (HSMs) that have achieved a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 rating or higher.
- All private keys are generated onboard our HSMs and stored and managed there for their lifetime.
- We use a multisignature digital signature scheme (multisig) to eliminate single points of failure and improve our resilience against the loss or compromise of any individual private key.
- All HSMs are geographically distributed and stored in monitored, access-controlled facilities.
- All HSMs require the coordinated action of multiple employees to operate.
Our Hot Wallet
- Our Hot Wallet is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS has a proven track record for physical security and internal controls. More information can be found here.
- We follow the principle of least-privilege by applying tiered, role-based access-controls to our production environment. Administrative access requires multi-factor authentication.
- All Hot Wallet private keys are managed in the AWS CloudHSM service, which provides dedicated HSMs in the AWS cloud that have achieved a FIPS 140-2 Level 2 rating.
Gemini is a licensed New York trust company that undergoes regular bank exams and is subject to the cyber security regulations promulgated by the New York Department of Financial Services. In addition, we have successfully completed our SOC 2 Type 1 examination. This makes Gemini the world’s first cryptocurrency exchange and custodian to demonstrate this level of security compliance with respect to protecting customer data and funds.
SOC 2 TYPE 1 EXAMINATION
Your Account Security Features
- Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) via Authy OneTouch and Strong Passwords are required for logging in to your account and making withdrawals.
- Hardware Security Keys and WebAuthn support allow you to use hardware security keys to secure your account.
- Address Whitlelisting allows you to block all cryptocurrency withdrawal activity for your account, or restrict cryptocurrency withdrawals to cryptocurrency addresses you whitelist.
- Rate-limiting is applied to certain account operations, such as your login attempts, in order to thwart brute force attacks.
- Encryption is used to secure your passwords, personal information, and other sensitive information both in transit and at rest.
Our Infrastructure Security
- All of our website data is transmitted over encrypted Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections (i.e., HTTPS).
- We leverage the content-security policy (CSP) and HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) features found in modern browsers.
- We partner with enterprise vendors to mitigate against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
- Internal-only sections of our website have separate access controls and are not exposed to the public Internet.
- Multiple signatories are required to transfer cryptocurrency out of our Cold Storage System.
- Our CEO (Tyler Winklevoss) and President (Cameron Winklevoss) are unable to individually or jointly transfer cryptocurrency out of our Cold Storage System.
- Our offices do not store or contain anything of value, including private keys. All private keys are stored offsite and geographically distributed in monitored, access-controlled facilities.
- All employees undergo criminal and credit background checks and are subject to ongoing background checks throughout their employment.
- All remote-access requires public-key authentication via credentials stored on hardware tokens — passwords, one-time passwords (OTPs), or other phishable credentials are not permitted.
If you have any questions or concerns about your Gemini account – or believe there has been an unauthorized login attempt and/or transaction that you do not recognize – please contact our customer support team through this form or call at +1 (866) 240-5113 (toll-free in the USA).
Careers at Gemini
We’re hiring in our New York and Portland, Oregon, offices! If you’re interested in joining the Gemini Security Team, check out our careers page for more information.
Reporting Security Issues
If you believe you have identified a security vulnerability on our platform, we would like to hear from you. Please email our Security Team at email@example.com. To encrypt your communications, please use our PGP public key:
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Our Security Philosophy
Gemini's security philosophy follows from three principles:
Building defense-in-depth against external threats
Protecting against human error
Guarding against misuse of insider access
Vulnerability Disclosure Philosophy
Our security team supports responsible disclosure. We will acknowledge valid and original (i.e., the first reported instance) discoveries on our website with the name of the security researcher(s) responsible. While we do not have a formalized bug-bounty program at this time, we may choose to do so in the future. In the event that a monetary rewards system is developed, we may, in our discretion, pay monetary rewards in bitcoin, subject to applicable laws.
Our commitment to security researchers is simple: we will not retaliate against researchers who report issues privately and in a responsible manner. We will do our best to reply to reports in a timely fashion and periodically update you on our progress with respect to investigating or remediating any issues you may have identified.
Gemini Security Team