Types of wallets
Wallets have come a long way since the original came out in 2009. There are now software wallets, hardware wallets, paper wallets, hosted wallets, and, of course, there are innovative companies who constantly think up new ways to create wallets.
There are a variety of software wallets. For an up-to-date list of the most popular wallets, see https://bitcoin.org/en/choose-your-wallet. We will concentrate here on the Bitcoin Core software application. At the time of writing this book, the current version is 0.11.2. You can always check the latest version here: https://bitcoin.org/en/download.
If you do not have Bitcoin Core installed and you would like to mine solo (solo mining will be explained in Chapter 6, Solo Versus ...