FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic payment system called a cryptocurrency. It’s not issued by the government and does not require using a bank; instead it’s decentralized, open-source computer software running on thousands of nodes around the world handling the bitcoin transactions. Anybody can use this innovative system to pay anyone, anytime, without any friction.
How do I use my cryptocurrency?
You can now easily make a payment to a friend or business via your smartphone app. Open your wallet app, scan the QR code of your desired recipient, type in the amount in either $USD or BTC, and hit send. Voila!
The transaction is immediately signed, broadcast and placed in the queue for “mining” which is also known as confirmation. You have made a payment which will be recorded on the bitcoin blockchain, a public ledger permanently showing all historical transactions and viewable by anyone. Visualize your transaction on blockchain.info.
How do I store my cryptocurrency?
Store your bitcoin on a paper or electronic or wallet. Each wallet has two sides: a public key (for deposits) and a private key (for spending). Don’t ever show or give your private key to anyone! To conveniently use bitcoin, consider installing an encrypted software wallet on your smartphone. Use a trusted wallet software developer such as CoPay, Coinomi or Edge.
Obtain your first bitcoin via a cryptocurrency exchange, such as LUXOLO, where you exchange US dollars for cryptocurrency. Receive your bitcoin or litecoin as a deposit via your wallet’s public key. The funds you receive will be visible instantly on your smartphone wallet.
Looking for more?
The official site of the Bitcoin Foundation, a non-commercial, non-profit community of bitcoin core developers.
Bitcoin 101 Glossary from Brave New Coin
A constantly updated glossary of most modern words and phrases related to cryptocurrency.
“The leading non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.”
Why The Heck Do We Need Bitcoin?
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