If you registered your EOS ERC-20 tokens prior to the EOS main net launch, then you will have been given a randomly generated EOS account name as part of the genesis snapshot.
The name may look something like this: ggdegdjraklj
Genesis accounts were not given an Active Key, only an Owner Key so your Owner and Active Key will use the same Public and Private Key Pair.
Benefits of having an Active Key
Instead of using your Owner Key to sign transactions and interact with EOS based dAPPs, you can use your Active Key instead. This provides you with an additional layer of security.
If your Active Private Key ever gets compromised, then you can use your Owner Key to override it and revoke any previous permissions you granted your Active Key.
You can use this service (for free) to add a new Active Key to your EOS account as well as revoke and replace a compromised Active Key and change it to another (new) Active Key.
You will never have to expose your Owner Private Key ever again - not even to your wallet. Just use your Active Key instead. You can use your Active key to engage with wallets, dapps and sign everyday transactions on EOS.
Benefits of having a Voting-Only Key
A voting-only key can be used only for one thing: block producer voting. It cannot be used to transfer EOS tokens or any other function other than voting. That means if your voting-only private key gets stolen, your funds remain safe.
The way EOS works is that new accounts can only be created by someone with an existing account. If you have a friend who has an EOS account, you can ask him to create one for you. If you don't, this website can be your friend for a small fee.
How much does it cost?
The cost of one EOS account is currently USD 3.87 when paid with cryptocurrencies, USD 5.50 when paid with credit card and 0.5 EOS when paid with EOS. Included in the price are 0.2 staked EOS that will be delegated to your account and 4 KB of RAM. To make sure you have enough CPU resources in your new account, we're also borrowing roughly 3 EOS worth of CPU bandwith from REX for your new account that will be yours for 30 days.
Which payment methods do you accept?
You can pay with credit card and the cryptocurrencies EOS, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin.
I didn't send the right amount to coinbase. What can I do?
I sent the payment to coinbase after the payment window expired. What can I do?
Don't panic. We will regularly check expired transactions and push them through. If you want to nudge us, you can join our telegram group or write a quick email.
Is this website safe to use?
Yes. You generate the keys safely offline and only use your public keys on the website. Public keys are safe to share. The source code is on GitHub and can be audited. The activity of this website can be checked on the EOS blockchain. This tool uses the EOS account accountcreat to generate new accounts, the activity can be checked in any block explorer. If you have further questions, please get in touch through our telegram group.
What are those keys and how do I generate them?
In order to access your new EOS account, you will need two key pairs, owner and active. Each key pair consists of a private key and a public key. The public key is safe to give out and will be publicly visible in the blockchain. The private key must be kept secret and stored securely.
SimplEOS (Easy to use desktop wallet, supports generating keys offline)
Scatter (Chrome Desktop, recommended for daily use)
Cleos (Official wallet by Block.one but command line tool, only for advanced users)
Why do I need two keys, owner and active?
The active key is the one you're gonna use for daily operations like interacting with dApps or money transfers. This would be the key that you're gonna import into your favorite wallet or Scatter if you want to interact with dApps. If this key gets compromised, you will be able to regain control of your account using the owner key and cancel outgoing transfers that haven't gone through yet.
The owner key is very important as whoever holds it is the real owner of the account. You will need it if you want to transfer control of the account to someone else. You can also use it to change the keys of your account. You can also use it to prove ownership of your account in case your active key gets compromised. That's why you should generate this key in an offline key generator in only store it in cold storage.