Will I need to permanently keep my wallet open to act as a Witness?

Yes, in order to act as a Witness it is necessary to keep your wallet open, however this is done in a way that if you use an encrypted wallet your funds will be 100% secure as the wallet will remain encrypted at all times.
We envisage a “raspberry pi, C.H.I.P” or similar hardware based solution to come out in the near future after PoW¬≤ release that can integrate smoothly with your wallet and act as a cheap 24/7 Witnessing device to ensure maximum Witness uptime.

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