What is Bitcoin?

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a digital currency that is supported by P2P network of computers across the internet that acts as servers to process financial transactions of this currency. Simply put, Bitcoin is a digital token that can be sent electronically from one user to another regardless of where they are in the world. It is a way of making or receiving payments similar to PayPal, Skrill, and other online payment methods. The total quantity of bitcoins is capped at 21 million. There is no one person or company that runs the Bitcoin network unlike other traditional payment networks such as Mastercard, PayPal, or Visa. Instead, networks of computers all around the globe keep track of all Bitcoin transactions – similar to how the internet itself works.

Since there is no central authority governing it, Bitcoin is able to run outside of any government control or company. Some people believe that Bitcoin is a scam or a Ponzi scheme. On the contrary; once you understand what it is and what it has to offer, it is clear that this worldwide currency is for real. Bitcoin is how the future of money might be like.

Bitcoins share quite a few similarities with other currencies; they can be traded for good or services, they can be used by both retailers and individuals, and they can be used both online and offline. It was created back in 2009 and since then, this currency’s transactions are made with no middle men – meaning no banks are involved. It is becoming more and more popular each day. You can be able to purchase your meals, subscribe to an online dating service, or even do your grocery shopping online with bitcoins.

How much is a Single Bitcoin Worth?

To answer this, I would like you to think of bitcoins as gold. The prices fluctuate constantly and are determined by open market bidding on exchanges. Bitcoin’s value is similar to this. The value fluctuates constantly and is determined by bidding on Bitcoin exchanges. Since 2009, the value of Bitcoin has been rising steadily. By 2013, the price of one bitcoin had risen to $1,242 and has recently hit a high of $2,000. Do note that the prices rise and fall in extremely volatile manner making it near impossible to estimate how much a bitcoin will be worth after a couple of hours. Taking the example of gold as mentioned earlier, it is incredibly hard for us to estimate the value of it at any one point. But one thing that we know for certain is that its value is driven by scarcity. Using this trail of thought, it is clear that bitcoin’s value is also driven by scarcity and since it was stated that only 21 million coins would ever be created, the more sparsely they are spread all over the world, the more valuable they become.

Why Bitcoins?

This crypto-currency is a product of modern technology and many people have had issues wrapping their heads around having to purchase something that is not tangible. The one great thing about this crypto-currency is the fact that it is a global currency with a traceable system. It cannot be forged nor can it be stolen as each bitcoin has a unique data stream that supports it. This currency can be used to buy merchandise anonymously. Since this worldwide currency is not tied to any government, country or regulations, international money exchange is incredibly easy and cheaper. It also provides a good saving platform for small businesses as they will be freed from credit card fees. We have already seen bitcoins become increasingly popular in the black market since it’s untraceable. Real-world transaction is now slowly catching up and we foresee Bitcoin becoming a global digital currency for the future.

How Do I Get Bitcoins?

Unlike dollars or Euros, bitcoins as mentioned earlier are not backed by any government body. This means that they are not linked to any issuing authority or any sort of central banking system. This currency is available online and driven by mathematics and ingenious encryption protocols. If you wish to use this digital currency for your online transactions, you first need to purchase bitcoins – this can be done either through your credit card, your bank account or even with cash. Once purchase is made, you will receive your bitcoins directly into your Bitcoin account. Once you have them in your account, you can use them to directly send or receive payments directly from a buyer without any go-between such as credit card companies or banks. For you to start accepting this digital currency, you will need to create a Bitcoin address. This is relatively easy to do as you only need to log on to bitcoins website and register – it can be done anonymously by just about anyone with internet access.

Where do You Buy Bitcoin?

There are companies in most countries that sell Bitcoin in exchange of the local currency. In the United States, Mt. Gox is the largest bitcoin exchange platform that allows people to buy or sell bitcoins using different currencies. Another popular platform is Coinbase. It is among some of the most popular companies that deal in such transactions. All you need to do is open an account with Coinbase and the company will then link to your bank account and sells the coins to you in exchange for dollars. Opening a Coinbase account is similar to opening a bank account – do keep in mind that you will be required to verify your identification. For anyone wishing to remain anonymous, we would recommend that you take a look into localbitcoins.com. This website connects local buyers and sellers to each other in exchange for cash.

Transfer Bitcoin?

Individuals also have the capabilities of transferring their bitcoins to someone else. People can easily send bitcoins to each other using their laptops or mobile devices. It’s actually very similar to how one sends money digitally.

Mining for Bitcoin?

Say you would prefer to find another way to acquire bitcoins without having to buy them. Bitcoins can be mined by powerful computers that complete complex math problems. How this works is people compete to “mine” bitcoins using their computers to solve math puzzles. This is actually how bitcoins were actually created. Bitcoin uses are infinite; however, its structure remains concrete and open source. However, the value of each Bitcoin is disputable. When more and more people log their laptops on to “mine”, lesser and lesser bitcoins will be available. In theory, Bitcoin mining becomes harder and harder. This means that it now takes more and more energy (power from your computer) to process math puzzles and solves the blocks of data.

Therefore, when it comes to mining, the value of a Bitcoin may be related to the price of energy consumed and the cost of maintaining this network. If you think about it, it only makes sense that since there are more and more computers been added to the network daily, the workload on the initial nodes should ease. From here, we can perhaps speculate that the price of bitcoin will increase exponentially over time. Especially since power costs will only rise in the future.

Recently, specialized computers and mining PC’s are becoming available to individuals from companies such as Butterfly Labs and many other companies which harness ASIC (Application-specific integrated circuit) technology. These machines will dominate all others and render most other PC’s worthless as they have been specifically designed for one task only; to mine Bitcoins up to 50 GB/s. Whether these machines are real or a scam is yet to be known. However, if they are legit, the individuals who already pre-ordered will dominate the Bitcoin market. Currently, a winner is rewarded with 25 bitcoins approximately every 10 minutes.

Currently, there are 21 million Bitcoins created but the way they are becoming increasingly popular, I have a feeling that they will rise in quantity. This is because most people who have already acquired some bitcoins and not reselling them or using them but they are merely hoarding them waiting for the day they will become more valuable for resell. This is typically what happens with gold as well. Within no time, there simply won’t be enough digital currency to go around and not enough work or transaction data for the increasing number of miners each day. We can only speculate as to what will happen but for now; it is a good idea to mine and or purchase bitcoins as they will be the future financial currency acceptable worldwide.

How Do I Store my Bitcoins?

To simplify it, think of how your money is stored on PayPal. It is technically a virtual bank account that allows you to have access to your money (send or withdraw) at anytime. The major difference is that with Bitcoin, there is no third party or fees required for the transaction to be successful. Bitcoins are stored in a digital wallet which only exists on a user’s computer or in their personal cloud. This virtual wallet will be able to receive bitcoins from another person. You will also be able to send this digital currency to another individuals Bitcoin wallet. You will be able to pay for goods and services or even opt to save your money just as you would in a traditional bank setup. However, unlike owning a bank account, your bitcoin wallet is not insured by the FDIC. Some major drawbacks to storing your bitcoin wallet in your cloud is that it can get hacked and your coins can be stolen. However, storing them on your home’s computer can deem tricky as you might delete them by mistake or viruses might destroy them.

Is Bitcoin safe to use?

This worldwide currency has become a favorite amongst drug dealers, hackers and people involved in illicit activities. This is because each bitcoin transaction is mostly anonymous. Granted each transaction is recorded, all names of buyers and sellers remain concealed and hard to trace. This means that people can trade just about anything under the anonymous cloud and tracking anything illegal back to them is near impossible. As mentioned, all transactions are recorded on a public ledger called a “blockchain”. Financial authorities and law enforcement can access the blockchain and use it to track criminal transactions.

However, the problem with using this type of currency is the fact that criminals can opt to not associate their true identity with their bitcoin address. When this happens, the trail runs cold and there is no way for the authorities to track down the criminals. To make it harder, there are some Bitcoin laundering services known as tumblers. Tumblers tend to mix transactions together in order to make it extremely hard for authorities to track down a single transaction. Most American exchanges require an individual to register with their real-world identity. However, this is still not the case in most countries worldwide.

Who Created Bitcoin?

Your guess is as good as ours. Bitcoin was first introduced back in 2009 by an anonymous created known only as Satoshi Nakamoto. There have been several people who have been identified as the creator of Bitcoin but up to date, not one has been confirmed or taken ownership of creating this worldwide digital currency. After Bitcoin was introduced in 2009, Satoshi was said to have disappeared completely from social medial two years later. This person – he, she, or they – now has no authority or control over Bitcoin. The search for Bitcoin’s creator continues.

Final Verdict

This crypto-currency is quite a fascinating concept. Sending and receiving bitcoins is as easy and fast as how you normally send out an email. You can use your computer or your smartphone to complete the transaction. The concept behind Bitcoin is relatively simple and easy to understand and by cutting out the middle man, you will pay far less during transactions. Each party involved also has the ability to maintain anonymity if they so wish. Simply put; Bitcoin has provided individuals with an easy and untraceable way to conduct business. Whether this is a good thing or not; all we can do is wait and see.

 

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34 thoughts on “What is Bitcoin?

  • 06/24/2017 at 2:05 pm
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    The website looks really good. Bitcoin is so very confusing to me despite having done so much research on it. This article was helpful. I would recommend adding more photos as it would help separate thoughts on an article like this that is so in depth. But I can tell you do this consistently as your website is setup very well.

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  • 06/23/2017 at 7:25 pm
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    Hi Tony,

    I had no idea Bitcoins were worth so much! I’ve been seeing more and more about them, but honestly assumed they weren’t worth much of anything. Your article has proved me completely wrong. Do you think Bitcoins have the potential to replace other currency online?

    Interested in your thoughts,

    JaemiO

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  • 06/22/2017 at 5:23 pm
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    incredible article I was totally unaware that such a thing excited although it makes since, considering that criminals get away with thing I just assumed they where offshore accounts in different banks not some internet currency. but as you said this might be the future a future were we control our money not the government for better or worse I guess only time will tell.

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  • 06/21/2017 at 2:25 pm
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    Bitcoin is definitely a new market that is going to take over at any minute. I found your article to be very informative and packed with wonderful facts. For anyone interested in bitcoin I will definitely direct them to your site. Everything you have on here is wonderful and I wish you the best. I do have one question for you, do you think that bitcoin will ever replace the almighty dollar?

    Thanks!

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  • 06/20/2017 at 5:35 pm
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    I Heard about bitcoins and even read some topics about it but hardly get a clue what actually is this digital money. After your post, I came a bit closer but still in confusion. You wrote that having bitcoins is something like keeping gold and waiting the right time to sell. If so then it is not for me..and question regarding legal aspect. Is it completely legal in any country? Thanks.

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  • 06/20/2017 at 4:29 pm
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    Great and informative post! Until now I had just basic knowledge about Bitcoin but after I read your article now everything is clear for me. What do you think in the future there’s still be our normal currency like Dollars and Euros or maybe it will be replaced with Digital currency? And there are some other Digital currencies like a Bitcoin?

    Regards, Gedas

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  • 06/20/2017 at 11:27 am
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    I have heard many people on the internet talking about bitcoin exchange and bitcoin related things. Now, I finally know what Bitcoin is all about.
    Although Bitcoin is getting more and more popular nowadays, is it popular right now? Do you think it is worth it to invest in bitcoin?

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  • 06/19/2017 at 4:41 pm
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    Bitcoin sounds pretty cool and lucrative, Thank you for the expansive dissertation on Bitcoin. I am an experienced FOREX trader and I would like to extend my investing into Bitcoin in the future. Keep up the good work and thank you for serving our country.

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  • 06/19/2017 at 10:51 am
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    Great write-up on Bitcoin. My worries are about the insecurity attached to the Bitcoin. Keeping it safe from hackers and virus, and the possibilities of undelivered goods which you can not trace to anyone. Don’t you agree that Investing in Gold seems to be more secure, and less stressful to keep safe and it is a tangible item too?

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  • 06/14/2017 at 8:53 pm
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    Hi there
    I’ve always been a bit hestitant when it comes to Bitcoin. I prefer PayPal as my preferred method of online payment.
    I have had a few friends use Bitcoin in the past and found it to be very hard to get their money back if the item they bought hadn’t arrived.
    Very informative post! Thanks for the information
    Regards
    Hailey

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    • 06/16/2017 at 7:27 pm
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      Hi there Hailey,

      I also prefer Paypal my Friend.  Bitcoin is not an alternative as much as it is another way that we can earn and also pay online.

      The best wallet that I have found for storing Bitcoin is called Coinbase 

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting Hailey,

      Tony

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  • 06/14/2017 at 6:16 am
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    Hi Tony,
    I remember the times I think it was in 2011 that I heard about Bitcoin. The price was low those time. I had the opportunity to mine 50 per day but, I didn’t care about it. If I did that mining, now I was a billionaire.
    Tony, how long it takes to mine one Bitcoin today?
    thank you
    Amir

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  • 06/14/2017 at 5:36 am
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    Hi Tony,

    I remember the times I think it was in 2011 that I heard about Bitcoin. The price was low those time. I had the opportunity to mine 50 per day but, I didn’t care about it. If I did that mining, now I was a billionaire.

    Tony, how long it takes to mine one Bitcoin today?

    thank you
    Amir

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    • 06/14/2017 at 8:39 am
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      Hi Amir,

      You are welcome and thank you my Friend and yes I understand what you are saying.

      Amir, Click here my Friend to read about an amazing opportunity with Bitcoin that launches on 21 June 2017

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting Amir, Talk with you soon my Friend.

      Tony

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  • 06/13/2017 at 7:08 pm
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    I am so happy someone explained this currency to me finally! I knew it was considered a currency but I wondered who created this, or is given credit, also I know there are many others’ competing so was wondering what may be driving this competition, and is Bitcoin #1 really?

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    • 06/13/2017 at 8:04 pm
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      Awesome Andrew,

      You are welcome and thank you my Friend!

      To learn more about Bitcoin view this post on my site as well.

      Talk with you soon Andrew,

      Tony

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  • 06/13/2017 at 12:38 pm
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    Thanks for the article. It has been an unknown for me about bitcoin though I heard it a lot on the radio and I roughly know that that it is related to dollar and cent online (which I don’t think I am fully correct). This article really outlines it well and make readers easy to understand what is bitcoin about and the headers are being well-sectioned.

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  • 06/13/2017 at 5:59 am
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    I never knew what bitcoins were until a few days ago when an associate from the UK told me his computer was taken over by ransomware and the responsible party demanded payment in bitcoins. I didn’t think it much but your page put everything into place. It makes perfect sense! It was unfortunate for him and the asking price was way more than he could afford. Thank you for the post, I will be researching bitcoins and would like to know more. Where do think I should start? I look forward to hearing from you.

    Respectfully,

    Karl

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    • 06/13/2017 at 6:34 am
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      Hi Karl,

      That’s very unfortunate for your Friend to have that ransomware onto his computer and for the scammers to demand the bitcoin as payment. It’s these stories that give legitimate business dealings with Bitcoin a bad name.

      You are welcome and thank you Karl for sharing the story.

      In order to learn more about Bitcoin, you can start right here my Friend. Click on this link!

      Talk with you soon Karl,

      Tony

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  • 06/12/2017 at 1:31 pm
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    Hey Tony, Very interesting article, I have been curious about Bitcoin for a while and found all the information I needed here, seems like a high risk, high profit plan to go for. With the fluctuating prices you can make some good money on a good day, will definitely keep reading around the site and get more information, thanks for this.

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  • 06/12/2017 at 12:24 pm
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    Very informative. As an active trader and investor (mostly equities and futures) bitcoin still confuses me. I did appreciate your complete explanation as it helped clarify a few things for me, especially about mining. I always wondered how they were created. Do you think bitcoin is another form of a safe haven investment similar to gold?

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  • 06/12/2017 at 6:39 am
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    Hey Tony,

    Fascinating article!! I see so much in the news about bitcoins and how the value and popularity of them is both rising… but I never really understood or bothered to asked “how Bitcoin really works?”
    You’ve shed a ton of light on Bitcoins and now I have a good understanding. Maybe it’s time for me to invest and/or use Bitcoin!

    Thanks again!

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  • 06/10/2017 at 3:59 pm
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    You Had explained very well about bitcoin. I still remember those days when bitcoin value was very less But I never thought to invest in it and Now it is going too high that I can’t buy it

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  • 06/10/2017 at 12:36 am
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    Hi Tony

    Bitcoin has certainly made an impression! It was worth something ridiculous like $0.02 per coin back in 2009 and today it’s just over $2800. Madness.

    I have not invested as much as I should but constantly watching the market and buying partitions here and there.

    They say it will go up to 1M US$ per coin in 7-10 years, this is speculation of course but coming out of the mouth of guys like Bill Gates and Richard Branson.

    Regards,
    Kamil

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    • 06/10/2017 at 1:38 am
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      Hi Kamil,

      Thank you for reading and commenting my Friend!

      Yes Bill Gates and Richard Branson certainly know a little bit about investing, that is for sure!

      View this post on my website for my #1 recommendation for growing your Bitcoin my Friend!

      Talk with you soon Kamil,

      Tony

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  • 06/08/2017 at 3:27 pm
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    I have been hearing a lot about bitcoins recently and never really understood what they were, or how it worked. Your article has been educational, but I am still wary of the concept. Although I keep hearing the term bitcoin, I cant ever remember coming across goods or services that accept them. Am I correcting in thinking there are only certain retailers and organisations that will accept this currency. Also, if there is no central authority governing bitcoins, how are they even accepted as legal tender?

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  • 06/08/2017 at 11:41 am
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    Thank you for this very thorough article on bitcoins. I must admit I didn’t know much about bitcoins but your post has clearly explained to me what it actually is and how to obtain them. I have friends who have traded in bitcoins but wasn’t sure how they obtained them but now I do.

    Do you recommend using bitcoins and are they safe to use?

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  • 06/08/2017 at 1:20 am
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    Thanks for this explanation about bitcoin. It’s very timely for me, because I have just received some bitcoins as a payment for affiliate sales. It was easy to exchange it into paypal.

    But I have heard that some people just keep bitcoins, as they are convinced the value will increase. Some don’t want to keep it as they are afraid that bitcoin might be gone. What’s your opinion?

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  • 06/07/2017 at 11:07 am
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    I must admit that it is long time now since i first thought about purchasing bitcoin However those days you can not realy trust everyone and so your post was very helpfull and teaching for me. It help me a lot to understand better what is all about. Where would you recomend us to go and buy sfely the currency?

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    • 06/07/2017 at 11:14 am
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      Thank you for the question about Bitcoin and where to purchase safely Manor.

      I have personally never bought Bitcoin and actually hired the writer to research and write this article for me.

      I have many Friends who will be commenting soon and sharing their expertise so check back often as I am sure that they will have a better answer for us all.

      Thank you for stopping by Manor,

      Tony

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