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How to Use Bitcoin

Plenty of people who are new to the concept of Bitcoin often ask “how do you use Bitcoin?” and the answer to this question is not that easy because Bitcoin works in the same way as traditional currency. The only difference is that it exists in the form of code and stored on High-Tec computers.

Since the majority of visitors who come to our site are freshies and looking to learn as much as they can about Bitcoin, we will provide a quick guide on how to use Bitcoin.

Start with A Bitcoin Wallet:

The first and foremost thing needed to start your Bitcoin venture is a Bitcoin wallet. There are several types of Bitcoin wallets, but Coinbase or Blockchain are the friendliest ones, especially for those who are new to Bitcoin world.

A Bitcoin wallet works the same way a software (Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) does for receiving emails or a traditional bank account does to send or receive money. But in this case, only Bitcoins are stored in the wallet.

A wallet comes in the form of a software and allows you to send, receive or store the cryptocurrency.

In order to receive Bitcoins, you are required to give the sender your Bitcoin address which starts from 1 or 3; followed by a string of random numbers and letters.

Here’s an example of a bitcoin address: 1GrwYYTDJic27cstVCjzS8Muvutw6JUYqB

Get Some Bitcoins:

Once you have your Bitcoin address and a wallet, all you need is some coins. wondering how to buy coins? check out our guide on how to buy bitcoins from PayPal in two minutes. Apart from PayPal, there are several other methods too. However, the cost will vary based on which method of payment you choose – reversible or irreversible.

The reversible payments (credit card, PayPal, etc.) cost more than irreversible ones (bank/wire transfer) due to the risks involved in the transaction.

Now that you have bought coins, it’s time to put them to good use.

How to Use Bitcoin?

The number of companies starting to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment is growing each day. Some top-notch companies like Microsoft, Overstock, Virgin Galactic, etc. are now offering their services in exchange of Bitcoin.

You can use your coins to buy virtually anything through a Bitcoin debit card. The card also gives you the freedom to shop physically at all the Bitcoin-accepting stores.

If shopping isn’t your priority, make an investment of your Bitcoin assets. There are several ways in which you can invest your coins. Following are the most common ones:

  • Bitcoin trading
  • Holding on to them
  • Getting mining equipment

But before you make an investment, remember that Bitcoin investment can be a risky business due to high volatility in its value.

Another use of Bitcoin is to open an online store and set Bitcoin as an additional method of payment. It will not only give you an opportunity to earn bitcoins but will also provide an extra payment option to your clients.

Lastly, your coins can be used to settle a bet, pay back a friend who bought you dinner or return a loan. In conclusion, Bitcoin can do almost anything that traditional currency does. The only difference is that Bitcoin exists virtually and is relatively new in the market.

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Bitcoin technology is going to save environment

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Bitcoin technology is going to save environment

If you know about the bitcoin. which means, you clearly know about this technology. People use digital currency in the sale or purchase of any commodity or in term of service. Actually, this technology chain is wide and control by the computers forming blockchain.

Now, blockchain is also going to help in saving the environment difficulties. An ecologist at the university of the Agriculture sciences in Riddarhyttan is confident that this growing technology will also help to save the environment.  Science and he have a discussion about the future of the money, government trends and trust of the public as well.

The blockchain is a procedure to maintain the immutable ledger of the transactions. Which decentralization the supercomputers. Accordingly, because of the lack of trust, the environmental problems emerge. Whereas, environmental crisis grows in a fruitful ground. Which is directly the multiplication of intermediaries. For example, if you buy a ring from the supermarket. Here, you just buy a ring, not even know where it comes from. The supply chain of this ring is very long. It is possible that even retailer has not enough information, where the ring came from.

In the same way, the blockchain base supply chain would mean that you buy a ring by scanning QR from your mobile phone. Where you are able to see each step and positive thing is it cannot be falsified.

How blockchain help the environment?   

Blockchain has the ability to change the nature of the ownership. Moreover, in most of the developing countries land rights are not properly distributed as they are in documents. Where the government or a reputed company can easily claim, a land owned by a local community. Whereas, if we put the registry of the same land to the blockchain, which will be immutable. In addition, the real owner of the land will have complete freedom to do whatever with a land.

Blockchain has directly created an influence in policy making. While voting by the blockchain is the secure and organized way to the elections. Now, if you are going to manage an election regarding how to control natural resource. Whether it is a fishery or a forest. You need planning, instruments, ballot boxes and most important thing is to prepare the public to cast vote on the election day.  On the other hand, if you do this procedure of voting through blockchain technology. you’ll free cast a vote from your smartphone with your cryptography identity and strong security.

Furthermore, this technology helps by changing incentives. A blockchain guarantee that an event will happen. That sounds weird, but you enter into a contract with the blockchain. You are free to enter business logics as computer code. Next, when condition met the contract will be executed automatically.

Above all discussion is about how blockchain will help in environmental issues. We need more planning to change living, these are few of them.

Good luck!     

 

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Bitcoin Price Crash: OKEx Repudiates Market’s Manipulation

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OKEx is known as a cryptocurrency exchange giant. This crypto-exchange is pushing back against accusations that the exchange is responsible for the manipulation of the market which triggered the price of Bitcoin to drop below $5,000 on its futures exchange last week.

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Market Manipulation

A statement was released on Wednesday, in which the Hong Kong-based exchange repudiated allegations about its involvement in the futures market’s manipulation to settle the positions of optimistic traders.

Last week, OKEx got criticized following the Bitcoin price crash as the value of its Bitcoin futures dropped to $4,755, in a fevered sell-off, even with the average price of Bitcoin globally, which flitted around $7,000 during the same time.

The Statement

The statement says:

“OKEx provides a platform to allow customers to trade in our order books, but we are not directly involved in the trades. Moreover, all the transaction details are public. We, as a trading platform, do not make a profit from the price volatility but generate income from trading fees. We have not reasoned to, and have never and will not, manipulate the prices of any of our market.”

Merchants whose positions got settled during the sell-off time were incensed, and one of them was so distressed that he went to the headquarters of the company and even threatened that he would take his own life.

Eventually, during the 90-minute incident, the exchange inverted trades that occurred, mentioning this unconventional movement as a planned attempt to deploy the market, and since then, it has added the price limit rules to help in preventing the manipulation in the future market.

 

Moreover, OKEx warned that it will take legal action against those, who falsely accuse them for the manipulation of the market and disseminate false charts to that effect.

What does the company have to say about it?

The company says:

“We reserve the right to take necessary legal action against any parties who libel our company and reputation by any means.”

However, the event following negative press coverage doesn’t seem to have a constant influence on the popularity of the trading platform of the company, as  OKEx is still on the fourth most popular spot cryptocurrency exchange in the ranking, with almost $750 million, 24-hour trading volume.

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Famous Bitcoin Trader Claims the Currency Will Hit $15,000 in 2017.

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The price of Bitcoin climbed above $3,500 and at the moment it is standing a little above $4,200. While some people are doubtful towards this gradual increase in value, Veteran trader masterluc says otherwise. He’s made a prediction that Bitcoin will be worth $15,000 by the end of 2017.  He claims that this bull run will continue into 2019 where the price will top out anywhere in between $40,000 and $110,000.

Masterluc is said to have a history of being right in his predictions, and many experts agree that the rise will continue for a while longer, which could have some major consequences for paper money.

Bitcoin recently celebrated its market cap crossing over $50 billion as it tripled the price of gold. Predicting the future of the digital currency is not an easy task especially when its reign shows no sign of ending.

 

News Credits: futurism.com

Image Credits: bloomberg.com

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Coin hive crypto jacking campaign- Monero

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Ranked as the 13th best digital currency, Monero recently became part of the crypto jacking stir. In a recent uproar of these growing cases in the cyber world, Coin hive was being implemented for the unauthorized mining of the Monero cryptocurrency.

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In a recent report by the cybersecurity researcher, Troy Mursch explains in detail how this malware hacked nearly 400 web pages in no more than 3 months. These web pages included a lot of government and educational sites as well.

Crypto Jacking

The term, crypto jacking has been in circulation for quite some time now. The hacker or the group of hackers uses the victims or the visitors’ processing and the computing power to mine the cryptocurrencies without their consent. The hackers scramble and steal the data and information from the users’ web-based applications. They would then manipulate victims to pay them any digital coins for the decryption of the data.

Crypto jacking is seriously affecting many websites and object them to mine cryptocurrencies according to the hackers need.

Coinhive- The Crypto Jacker?

According to the research report by Troy Mursch, an outdated version of Drupal has been the root cause of this interjection. Drupal is an open source and free content framework management software. The outdated version of this software in the CMS system, provided with the favorable environment for this malware, Coinhive to penetrate the system. As most of these sites were governmental institutions and educational sites, the integration of this malware into their JavaScript and usage of the computing power was not readily detected. But to the surprise, most of these sites domains were hosted on web pages like Amazon.

On its own, Coinhive is not malicious, but when encrypted and compromised with a ‘crypto jacking’ code, it forces the system to mine Monero without the knowledge of the target. UNICEF runs the same malware to raise funds for their work. But they use it with the consent and knowledge of their users. Which is definitely the right way to use the malware for which it was created.

There are a number of web pages using the same method and process to offer users to donate their system power to mine cryptocurrencies. The process is only performed with the consent and permission of the users. Projects like Bail Bloc and Salon are offering to mine these coins but just with the consent of the operators.

Affected by Coinhive

In an official statement, Troy Mursch has extensively mentioned a list of all the web pages that were affected by the malware so that all the users and visitors can be fully aware of the subject. Among these nearly 400 above websites included,

  • San Diego Zoo
  • The Government of Chihuahua, Mexico
  • The National Labor Relations Board
  • A U.S Federal Agency
  • Lenovo
  • The City of Marion, Ohio
  • The University of Aleppo
  • The Ringling College of Art and Design
  • UCLA’s webpage for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, and many more in the list of this 400.

With this detection of extensive, without the consent mining of these Monero (XMR) cryptocurrencies, it is hoped in the future that these practices could be detained. Coinhive is just an application like many others. It is just misused and wrongfully being implemented and practiced by the hackers.

Subsiding this dilemma, there has been an extensive negative dropping of Monero in its already established and flourished market. The reasons and causes still remain undetectable.

The Market Affect

With the slight rise in the market, all the majority of the digital world is floating in the red zones. Still not being able to maintain the pace with the Dollar. Monero XRM has been no different than the trend. Keeping the flow awaken, XRM shows a trivial downfall recently.

Despite its top 20 peers, XRM has been seen floating little weak during the month. For a period of a month, it just managed to collect a rise of 32%.

On a collective period of two months, there has been a collective drop down of -15% of the currency. Despite the reckoning, its top 20 peers still managed to rise gradually with the Dollar.

Keeping eyes on the occurring trends, Monero is facing the same dip for the current week too, continuing the same flow up to -7%.

With its fall of -3% against the dollar collectively, the currency has fallen seemingly for -1.37% against the Bitcoin.

After hitting its record price of $490 per unit against the dollar in January 2018, Monero is being traded at $222.68 currently.

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Areas That May Require Your Attention in the Crypto-World

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The point of using a digital currency is that it’s completely decentralized and disconnected from any government control. Yet, some exchanges completely defeat the purpose of digital currency by placing it into third-party systems. It is essential to understand that we no longer have to give up our control over our assets and shouldn’t be dependent on governments to protect them.

This is a review of “Tim Swanson’s” – “Eight Things Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts Probably Won’t Tell You.” Read on to know more.

Here are eight areas that require your attention:

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1. Bitfinex

A Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange that is known to be hacked several times in the past. A little over a year ago, $65 million dollars’ worth of bitcoins were stolen from the exchange. Till now, Bitfinex has failed to provide evidence as to how they were hacked or where those funds led to. Users were fooled by the potential for returns but in turn faced a major loss as their accounts were left empty.

2. Ransomware, Ponzi’s, Zero-fee and AML-less exchanges

A report from Xinhua was released last month that read:

China’s two biggest bitcoin exchanges, Huobi and OKCoin, collectively invested around 1 billion yuan ($150 million) of idle client funds into “wealth-management products.”

In simple words, these exchanges were functioning while charging zero-fees by using customer deposits to invest in other financial products without the customer’s knowledge. According to insiders and reporters that many exchanges in China carried out similar practices. Also, exchanges in developing countries lacking AML and KYC measures majorly benefit from scams and thefts.

3. Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

Many investors are chasing quick profits instead of utility. Recently, many firms are aiming towards scamming practices due to which several other legitimate ICOs are suffering. Several ICO boot camps in China were set up with past experience in pyramid schemes, this leads to not just single fraud incidents but very frequent ones as well.

4. VC-backed entities

5. The decline of Maximalism

6. Market caps

We have very little idea of what is really happening with Bitcoin transactions or any cryptocurrency for that matter.  Market cap is based mainly on a company’s assets and future cash flows but with cryptocurrencies, it is completely misleading. Especially, when random meaningless coins sell a small segment of their total supply then, claim a huge market cap.

7. Buy-side analysts and con media

Many big-name media companies practice a biased reporting which mainly focus on the benefits of coins but not equally shed light on the potential risks as well. They cover basically everything and anything regarding market caps, statistics and basic buy/own cryptocurrencies articles. But what if these major companies are funding other odd companies side by side?

The point is, that if these firms want to be taken seriously, they might as well take on the best practices so they support long-term capital inflows.

 

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