# Backup a Validator
It is CRUCIAL to backup your validator's private key. It's the only way to restore your validator in an event of a disaster.
The validator private key is a Tendermint Key - a unique key used to sign consensus votes. It is generated when the node is created by
To see the associated public key:
secretd tendermint show-validator
To see the associated bech32 address:
secretd tendermint show-address
If you are using the software sign (which is the default signing method of tendermint), your Tendermint Key is located in
The easiest way is to backup the whole config folder.
Or you can use hardware to manage your Tendermint Key much more safely, such as YubiHSM2.