How to Buy Bitcoin – Step One

The best way to learn about bitcoin, is to jump in and get a few in your “pocket” to get a feel for how they work.

Despite the hype about how difficult and dangerous it can be, getting bitcoins is a lot easier and safer than you might think. In a lot of ways, it is probably easier than opening an account at a traditional bank. And, given what has been happening in the banking system, it is probably safer too.
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There are a few things to learn: getting and using a software wallet, learning how to send and receive money, learning how to buy bitcoin from a person or an exchange.


Before getting started, you will need to get yourself a wallet. You can do this easily enough by registering with one of the exchanges which will host wallet for you. And, although I think you are going to want to have one or more exchange wallets eventually, you should start with one on your own computer both to get a better feel for bitcoin and because the exchanges are still experimental themselves. When we get to that stage of the discussion, I will be advising that you get in the habit of moving your money and coins off the exchanges or diversifying across exchanges to keep your money safe.
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What is a wallet?

It is a way to store your bitcoins. Specifically, it is software that has been designed to store bitcoin. It can be run on your desktop computer, laptop, mobile device (except, as yet, Apple) and can also be made to store bitcoins on things like thumb drives. If you are concerned about being hacked, then that is a good option. Even the Winklevoss* twins, who have millions invested in bitcoin, put their investment on hard drives which they then put into a safety deposit box.

*The Winklevoss twins are the ones who originally had the idea for a social networking site that became Facebook. They hired Mark Zuckerberg who took their idea as his own and became immensely rich.

What do you need to know about having a bitcoin wallet on your computer?

Below you can download the original bitcoin wallet, or client, in Windows or Mac format. These are not just wallets, but are in fact part of the bitcoin network. They will receive, store, and send your bitcoins. You can create one or more addresses with a click (an address is a number that looks like this: 1LyFcQatbg4BvT9gGTz6VdqqHKpPn5QBuk). You will see a field where you can copy and paste a number like this from a person you want to send money to and off it will go directly into that person’s wallet. You can even create a QR code which will let someone take a picture with an app on their phone and send you some bitcoin. It is perfectly safe to give these out – the address and QR code are both for my donations page. Feel free to donate!

NOTE: This type of wallet acts both as a wallet for you and as part of the bitcoin system. The reason bitcoin works is that every transaction is broadcast and recorded as a number across the entire system (meaning that every transaction is confirmed and made irreversible by the network itself). Any computer with the right software can be part of that system, checking and supporting the network. This wallet serves as your personal wallet and also as a support for that system. Therefore, be aware that it will take up 8-9 gigabytes of your computer’s memory. After you install the wallet, it will take as much as a day for the wallet to sync with the network. This is normal, does not harm your computer, and makes the system as a whole more secure, so it’s a good idea.

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  • The original wallet.
  • This is a full-featured wallet: create multiple addresses to receive bitcoins, send bitcoins easily, track transactions, and back up your wallet.
  • Outside of the time it takes to sync, this is a very easy to use option.
  • Search for Bitcoin Qt wallet download to find their site.


  • Runs on top of Bitcoi Qt, so it has all of the same syncing requirements.
  • Armory allows you to back up, encrypt, and the ability to store your bitcoins off line.
  • Search for Bitcoin Armory Wallet to find their site.

If you don’t want to have that much memory used or don’t want to wait for your wallet to sync, there are good wallets that do not make you sync the entire history of bitcocin:


  • A lightweight wallet that syncs quickly. This is very good for new users.
  • Search for Bitcoin Multibit Wallet to find their site.


  • In addition to being quick and light, this wallet allows you to recover lost data using a passcode.
  • Search for Bitcoin Electum Wallet to find their site.

After you get the wallet set up, take a few minutes clicking around. Things to look for:

o There will be a page that shows you how many bitcoins are currently in your wallet. Keep in mind that bitcoins can be broken up into smaller pieces, so you may see a decimal with a lot of zeros after it. (Interesting note, 0.00000001 is one Satoshi, named after the pseudonymous creator of bitcoin).

o There will be an area showing what your recent transactions are.

o There will be an area where you can create an address and a QR code (like the one I have above). You don’t need the QR code if you don’t want it, but if you run a business and you want to accept bitcoin, then all you’ll need to do to accept payment is to show someone the QR code, let them take a picture of it, and they will be able to send you some money. You will also be able to create as many addresses as you like, so if you want to track where the money is coming from, you could have a separately labeled address from each one of your payees.

o There will be an area with a box for you to paste a code when you want to send money to someone or to yourself on an exchange or different wallet.

There will be other options and features, but to start out with, these are the items that you should know about.

Getting Your First Bitcoins

Now that you have a wallet, you will, of course, want to test them out.

The very first place to go is http://faucet.bitcoin.st/.

This is a website that gives out small amounts of bitcoin for the purpose of getting people used to using them. The original version of this was run by the lead developer of bitcoin, Gavin Andreson. That site has since closed and this site operates by sending out one or two advertisements a month. You agree to receive those messages by requesting the bitcoins. Copy and paste your new bitcoin address and enter a phone number to which you can receive an SMS. They send out an SMS to be sure that people are not continuously coming back for more since it costs nothing to create a bitcoin address. They will also send out once or twice a month advertisement to support their operation. The amount they send it trivial: 0.0015 BTC (or 1.5 mBTC). However, they process almost immediately and you can check to see that your address and wallet are working. It is also quite a feeling to get that portion of a bitcoin. (Non-disclaimer: I have no connection with this site and receive nothing if you use them. I simply think they are a good way to get your feet wet).

Congratulations! You have just entered the bitcoin economy.

To get your feet a little wetter, you can go panning for gold. There are a number of services and websites out there that will pay you in bitcoin to do things like go to certain websites, fill out online surveys, or watch sponsored videos. These are harmless, and you can earn a few extra bitcoins this way, but it is important to remember that these are businesses that get paid when people click on the links on their sites. They are essentially kicking back a portion of what they get paid to you. There is nothing illegal, or even immoral about this (you might like what you see and make a purchase!), but they are frequently flashy and may not be completely straightforward. All the ones that I have tried (particularly bitvisitor.com) have paid out as advertised. It is interesting to experiment with these, but even with the likely rise in the value of bitcoin, you won’t become a millionaire doing this. So, unless you are an advertisement junkie, I would recommend you move on. If you would like to try, simply Google “free bitcoins” or something along those lines and you will find numerous sites.

Buying Bitcoin Hand-to-Hand

Finally, this is going to be the real test of bitcoin. Can people easily trade them back and forth? If this can’t happen, then there can’t really be a bitcoin economy because retailers won’t be able to use it. If retailers can’t use it, what earthly good is it? Fortunately, this is not really a problem. iPhone is a bit of a hold out, but many smartphones have apps (mobile wallets) that will read QR codes and allow you to send bitcoin to whomever you want. You can also display a QR code of your address, or even carry a card in your wallet with your QR code to let people send bitcoin to you. Depending on what kind of wallet you have, you can then check to see if the bitcoins have been received.

A couple of things to note:

  • When you set up your wallet, if you click around a bit, you will see an option to pay a fee to speed transactions. This money becomes available to a bitcoin miner as he/she/they process bitcoin information. The miners doing the work of creating blocks of information keeps the system up to date and secure. The fee is an incentive to the miner to be sure to include your information in the next information block and therefore “verify” it. In the short term, miners are making most of their money by mining new coins (check the section on What Are Bitcoins for more information about this). In the long term, as it gets harder to find new coins, and as the economy increases, the fees will be an incentive for miners to keep creating more blocks and keep the economy going. Your wallet should be set to pay 0 fees as a default, but if you want, you can add a fee to prioritize your transactions. You are under no obligation to pay a fee, and many organizations that process many small transactions (like the ones that pan for gold described above) produce enough fees to keep the miners happy.
  • In clicking around your wallet, on the transactions page or linked to specific transactions, you will see a note about confirmations. When you make a transaction, that information is sent out into the network and the network will send back a confirmation that there is no double entry for that bitcoin. It is smart to wait until you get several confirmations before walking away from someone who has paid you. It is actually not very easy to scam someone hand-to-hand like this, and it is not very cost-effective for the criminal, but it can be done.

Where can you buy bitcoin like this?

  • You may have a bitcoin Meetup in your area.
  • You can check out localbitcoins.com to find people near you who are interested in buying or selling.
  • Some are trying to start up local street exchanges across the world. These are called Buttonwoods after the first street exchange established on Wall Street in 1792 under a buttonwood tree. See if there is one, or start one, in your area.
  • See if you have any friends who would like to try bitcoins out. Actually, the more people who start using bitcoin, the larger and more successful it will be come. So please tell two friends!

Some people ask if it is possible to buy physical bitcoins. The answer to this is both a yes and a no. Bitcoin, by its very nature, is a digital currency and has no physical form. However, there are a couple of ways that you can practically hold a bitcoin in your hands:

  • Cascascius Coins: These are the brainchild of Mike Caldwell. He mints physical coins and then embeds the private keys for the bitcoins inside them. You can get the private key by peeling a hologram from the coin which will then clearly show that the coin has been tampered with. Mike has gone out of his way to ensure that he can be trusted. These are a good investment strategy as in the years to come it may be that these coins are huge collector’s items.
  • Paper Wallets: A paper wallet just means that rather than keeping the information for your bitcoin stored in a digital wallet, you print the key information off along with a private key and keep it safe in a safe, in a drawer, or in your mattress (if you like). This is highly recommended and cost effective system for keeping your bitcoin safe. Keep in mind, though, that someone could steal them or if your house burns, they will go with the house and there will be no way to get them back. Really, no different than cash. Also, as with Casascius Coins, they will not really be good for spending until you put them back into the computer.

* There is software to make printing your paper wallets easier. bitcoinpaperwallet.com is one of the best and includes a good tutorial about how to use them.

* The bitcoins are not actually in the wallet, they are still on the web. In fact, the outside of the wallet will have a QR code that will allow you ship coins to the wallet any time you like.

* The sealed part of the wallet will have the private key without which you cannot access the coins. Therefore, only put as many coins on the wallet as you want to be inaccessible. You will not be able to whip this thing out and take out a few coins to buy a cup of coffee. Rather, think of it as a piggy bank. To get the money, you have to smash it. It is possible to take out smaller amounts, but at this point the security of the wallet is compromised and it would be easier for someone to steal the coins. Better to have them all in or out.

* People who use paper wallets are usually security conscious, and there are a number of ways for the nefarious in the world to hack your computer. Bitcoinpaperwallet.com gives a lot of good advice about how to print your wallets securely.

Some people have also asked about buying bitcoins on eBay. Yes, it is possible, but they will be far overpriced. So, selling on eBay might seem to be a better option given the extreme markup over market value you might see. But, as with anything that is too good to be true, this is too good to be true. As I will explain in the next section, selling bitcoin this way is just way too risky.

How Not to Buy Bitcoin

In the next section, I am going to explain a couple of key points about buying from Bitcoin Exchanges. Before I do, let me give you a warning.

A short history lesson: When people first started setting up actual business based on bitcoin, they used all of the tools available to any merchant. They sold by credit card and PayPal. The problem with this business model was quickly spotted: bitcoin transactions are not reversible by anyone except the recipient of the money. Credit cards and PayPal have strong buyer protection policies that make it relatively easy for people to request a chargeback. So, nefarious individuals realized this and began making purchases of bitcoin and then sooner or later requesting a chargeback. And, since bitcoin is a non-physical product, sent by new and poorly understood technological means, the sellers were not able to contest this. Because of this, sellers stopped accepting credit cards and PayPal.

This was a big problem for the currency: How to move money between buyers and seller? Some business emerged that would credit you with bitcoin if you wired them money. Very often these businesses would give addresses in Albania, Poland, or Russia. The fact is that many of these did work and there are a lot of stories on the forums of people who bought bitcoins this way. But it took a lot of time and in the meantime the buyer just had to bite his or her fingernails wondering if they would get their bitcoins or kiss their investment goodbye.

I expect that as bitcoin becomes more acceptable and valuable, we are going to see a version of the Nigerian Prince scam. So the warning is this: we now have exchanges and other businesses that allow for moving money easily onto and off of exchanges. Never wire money for bitcoin. It was a short-lived, and well-forgotten, moment in the history of bitcoin.

Next, I will be talking about how to buy from a bitcoin exchange and give a review of the some of the best known exchanges.


Cryptocurrency and tax challenges

Cryptocurrencies have been in the news recently because tax authorities believe they can be used to launder money and evade taxes. Even the Supreme Court appointed a special investigation team on black money recommended that trade in this currency be discouraged. Although China reportedly banned some of its largest Bitcoin traders, countries such as the US and Canada have laws restricting trading in cryptocurrency stocks.
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What is cryptocurrency?

The cryptocurrency, as its name implies, uses encrypted codes to perform a transaction. These codes are recognized by other computers in the user community. Instead of using paper money, an online ledger is updated using the usual accounting entries. The buyer’s account is charged and the seller’s account is credited with this currency.
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How are cryptocurrency transactions done?

When a user initiates a transaction, their computer sends a public cipher or public key that interacts with the private cipher of the person receiving the currency. If the receiver accepts the transaction, the initiating computer attaches a snippet of code to a block of various encrypted codes known to all users on the network. Special users called “Miners” can attach the additional code to the publicly shared block by solving a cryptographic puzzle and earning more cryptocurrency in the process. Once a miner confirms a transaction, the blog record cannot be changed or deleted.
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BitCoin, for example, can also be used on mobile devices for shopping. All you have to do is let the receiver scan a QR code from an app on your smartphone or put them face to face using Near Field Communication (NFC). Note that this is very similar to regular online wallets such as PayTM or MobiQuick.
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Die-hard users swear by BitCoin for its decentralized nature, international acceptance, anonymity, permanence of transactions, and data security. Unlike paper money, no central bank controls inflationary pressures on cryptocurrency. Transaction logs are stored on a Peer-to-Peer network. This means that all computer chips with their computing power and copies of the databases are stored on all nodes in the network. Banks, on the other hand, store the details of transactions in central deposits that are in the hands of individuals hired by the company.
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How can cryptocurrency be used for money laundering?

The fact that central banks or tax authorities have no control over cryptocurrency transactions means that transactions cannot always be tagged to a particular person. This means that we do not know if the operator has obtained the legal value reserve or not. The transactional store is equally suspicious, as no one can say what consideration was given to the currency received.
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What does Indian law say about these virtual currencies?

Virtual currencies or cryptocurrencies are commonly considered pieces of software and are therefore classified as good under the Merchandise Sales Act of 1930.
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If they are a good one, they will be subject to indirect taxes on their sale or purchase, as well as the GST on the services provided by Miners.
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There is still some confusion as to whether cryptocurrencies are valid as currency in India and the RBI, which has authority over clearing and settlement systems and negotiable prepaid instruments, has certainly not authorized the purchase and sale of through this means of exchange.
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Therefore, any cryptocurrency received by a resident of India would be governed by the Currency Management Act of 1999 as an import of goods into that country.

India has allowed the trading of BitCoins in special exchanges with integrated guarantees for tax evasion or money laundering activities and the application of the Know Your Customer rules. These exchanges include Zebpay, Unocoin and Coinsecure.
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Those who invest in BitCoins, for example, can collect the dividends received.
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Capital gains received from the sale of securities involving virtual currencies are also subject to taxation as income and the consequent online filing of computer returns.
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If your investment in this currency is large, it is best to get the assistance of a personalized tax service. Online platforms have greatly facilitated the tax compliance process.


Can I create my own cryptocurrency?

So that you can make your own cryptocurrency, here are some things to follow.
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Build a blockchain

The first step in creating the best cryptocurrency is to build a blockchain. Blockchain technology is the backdrop and of all the cryptocurrencies you see in the world today. A blockchain contains the details of each cryptocurrency.
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It is a major book that shows the background of each cryptocurrency you have. It also shows more details of who owned the cryptocurrency before you. The best cryptocurrencies have a very effective blockchain technology.


Every program you watch on the Internet is made up of code. This is the case with cryptocurrency. Fortunately, most cryptocurrencies are made with the same code. Mostly cryptocurrencies are made using C ++ code. You can outsource all the code you need from GitHub and use it to make your own cryptocurrency. However, the code will vary depending on your specifics. If your blockchain is longer and faster, you need to add programs to it. Generally, programs can range from a week to several months when a blockchain is made.

To get the best cryptocurrency, you need to make sure that you have set the maximum level of security that should be observed. There are hackers everywhere and it is always your job to alienate them. One powerful tool that has been used to alienate hackers is the use of the private and public keys. This is because each key is generated from the previous key. By using encryption, each key can be traced from the first transaction made.
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You should also make sure that you create a group of miners. For a stable cryptocurrency like bitcoin? anyone can be a miner. A miner does two things.

-Create the cryptocurrency

-Authentic cryptocurrency.

You need to form a standard way to create and authenticate your cryptocurrency.

Access to the needs of the market

Many cryptocurrency experts have said that the most important part is access to market needs. You should pay attention to what other cryptocurrencies do not offer and offer them yourself. If we look at the largest cryptocurrency on the market, bitcoin today.

It was formed to offer a faster transaction to the online world. Bitcoin also gained a lot of recognition because it was able to hide the identity of users. They remained anonymous, but a legitimate transaction could still be made. These are the most important parts to keep in mind when creating a cryptocurrency.

To make a successful cryptocurrency, you need to make sure that you can properly market your cryptocurrency. This means going to merchants and asking them to accept your cryptocurrency as a method of payment. These are usually some of the best ways to create cryptocurrency.

Bad Rabbit Ransomware Outbreak: Things to Know

When the news of the third major ransomware outbreak of the year came, there was a lot of confusion. Now that the dust has settled, we can delve into what exactly “Bad Rabbit” is.

According to media reports, many computers have been encrypted with this cyberattack. Public sources have confirmed that the computer systems of the Kyiv metro along with Odessa Airport and numerous other organizations in Russia have been affected. The malicious software used for this cyberattack was “Disk Coder.D”, a new variant of ransomware that was popularly run under the name “Petya”. Disk Coder’s previous cyberattack caused worldwide damage in June 2017.

ESET’s telemetry system has reported numerous Disk Coder occurrences. In Russia and Ukraine, however, there are reports of this cyberattack on computers in Turkey, Bulgaria and some other countries as well.

ESET security researchers are currently working on a thorough analysis of this malware. According to its preliminary findings, Disk Coder. D uses the Mimikatz tool to extract credentials from affected systems. Your findings and analysis are ongoing, and we will keep you posted as soon as more details are revealed.

ESET’s telemetry system also reports that Ukraine accounts for only 12.2% of the total number of times they saw Bad Rabbit infiltration. The following statistics are shown below:

Russia: 65%

Ukraine: 12.2%

Bulgaria: 10.2%

Turkey: 6.4%

Japan: 3.8%

Others: 2.4%

As a result, Bad Rabbit compromised the distribution of countries. Interestingly, all of these countries were affected at the same time. It is very likely that the group already had a foothold in the network of affected organizations.

It is definitely a ransomware

Those who were unlucky enough to be the victims of the attack quickly realized what had happened because the ransomware is not subtle: it presents the victims with a rescue note telling them that their files are “no longer accessible” and “no one will be able to retrieve them without our decryption service.” Victims go to a Tor payment page and are presented with a countdown timer. You pay for the first 40 hours or so, they say, and the payment for decrypting files is 0.05 bitcoins, about $ 285. Those who do not pay the ransom before the timer reaches zero are told that the rate will increase and they will have to pay more. Encryption uses DiskCryptor, which is legitimate open source and software used for full drive encryption. Keys are generated using CryptGenRandom and then protected with a hard-coded RSA 2048 public key.

It is based on Petya / Not Petya

If the rescue note sounds familiar, it’s because it’s almost identical to what the victims of the June Petya outbreak saw. The similarities are not only aesthetic: Bad Rabbit also shares elements behind the scenes with Petya.

Crowdstrike researchers’ analysis found that Bad Rabbit and NotPetya’s DLL (dynamic link library) share 67 percent of the same code, indicating that the two ransomware variants are closely related, possibly even the work of the threat actor himself.

The attack has affected high-profile organizations in Russia and Eastern Europe

Researchers have found a long list of countries that have fallen victim to the outbreak, such as Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Turkey, Poland and South Korea. Three Russian media organizations, as well as the Russian news agency Interfax, have claimed that malware to encrypt files or “hacker attacks” has been taken offline by the campaign. Other high-profile organizations in the affected regions include Odessa International Airport and the Kyiv subway. This has led Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response to publish that there has been a “possible start of a new wave of cyber attacks on Ukraine’s intelligence resources.”

You may have selected goals

When WannaCry broke down, systems around the world were hit by an apparent indiscriminate attack. Bad Rabbit, on the other hand, could have targeted corporate networks.

ESET researchers have supported this idea, stating that the script injected into infected websites can determine if the visitor is of interest and then add the content page, if the target is considered suitable for infection.

It spreads through a fake Flash update on compromised websites

The main way Bad Rabbit spreads is to drive-by downloads from hacked websites. No exploits are used, but visitors to compromised websites, some of whom have been compromised since June, are told they need to install a Flash update. Of course, this is not a Flash update, but a drip counter for malicious installation. Infected websites, mostly based in Russia, Bulgaria, and Turkey, are compromised with JavaScript injected into your HTML body or into one of your .js files.

It can be spread laterally through the nets

Like Petya, the Bad Rabbit Ransomware attack contains an SMB component that allows it to move sideways through an infected network and spread without user interaction.

The spread of Bad Rabbit is made easy by simple combinations of username and password that you can use to force yourself through the networks. This list of weak passwords is the ones that are often seen as easy-to-guess passwords, such as 12345 combinations or having a password set as “password”.

Don’t use EternalBlue

When Bad Rabbit first appeared, some suggested that, like WannaCry, it took advantage of the exploitation of EternalBlue to spread. However, now it seems that this is not the case. “We currently have no evidence that EternalBlue is being used to spread the infection,” Martin Lee, Taos’ chief technical officer for security research, told ZDNet.

Contains Game of Thrones references

Whoever is behind Bad Rabbit seems to be a fan of Game of Thrones: the code contains references to Viserion, Drogon and Rhaegal, the dragons that appear in the TV series and the novels on which it is based. So the authors of the code are not doing much to change the stereotypical image of hackers as geeks and nerds.

There are steps you can take to stay safe

At this time, no one knows if it is still possible to decrypt files blocked by Bad Rabbit. Some might suggest paying the ransom and see what happens … Bad idea.

It is quite reasonable to think that paying almost $ 300 is worth paying for what can be very important and invaluable files, but paying the ransom almost never allows you to regain access, or help fight ransomware: an attacker will keep aiming while they are seeing returns.

Several security vendors say their products protect against Bad Rabbit. But for those who want to make sure they can’t be victims of the attack, Kaspersky Lab says that users can block the execution of the file ‘c: windows infpub.dat, C: Windows cscc.dat ‘. in order to prevent infection.

Blockchain 3D application platforms

3D blockchain application platforms are now available. These are projects that are developed using a cryptocurrency. The program is regulated by the use of different types of cryptocurrencies. When you have a small business, only by using these programs is it possible to make very interesting presentations to manage projects in a more impressive and efficient way. This means that you may be able to better manage different business services or even a store.

Why use the 3D blockchain

The main reason why such programs are created is to make it easier for people who do not have any computer knowledge. This allows them to avoid having to use compile code, which can be very laborious and time consuming. When you have a secure 3D blockchain application platform open, you can achieve much more even with minimal knowledge.

Most projects aim to provide assistance to the community. The projects are intended to help different people who do not have the right financial resources. These are businesses that are struggling to compete with the major players in the field. Big companies are willing to send as much as they can on things like ads, and so on. This means that they can reach a larger audience. For small businesses, they have limited resources and this means that they are struggling to achieve any kind of growth they want. Maintaining a field makes it difficult for smaller businesses. This is what 3D platforms were created for.

How they work

3D blockchain applications allow users to interact. They can communicate directly. Users can share different ideas, shop, order takeaways and play games without having to take off their virtual reality headsets. This is because all applications and games on the 3D platform are supported.

The platform offers a space where the creation of decentralized applications is made possible. This is related to store management and services and is unlimited. Each user is free to choose the project that interests them. The 3D world allows them to communicate in an easy and direct way to share all the ideas they can have without any hassle. It is possible to buy, play and place different orders.

Benefits for the company

The 3D blockchain helps business owners who are not tech savvy and those who don’t know much about computing or even information technology. This makes it very efficient to have the 3D platform that helps them reach a large population of their customers.

The main benefit for the company is that they do not need too much time to write projects. There are very few steps that can be followed to choose the right template for your projects. You can publish and manage your business in no time.

These platforms have some advanced features such as privacy, encrypted messaging, social networking, and transaction blocks.

Hyperledger in the Blockchain world. What makes it different from other solutions?

Surely everyone has heard the words Ethereum and Bitcoin. Being part of the blockchain world, they have captured the world’s attention through wide media coverage. Overall, blockchain technology has gained business interest due to its decentralized, unchanging, and transparent nature. Other notable projects that have emerged in recent years include Hyperledger.

What is Hyperledger?

Hyperledger is an open source project of blockchains and related tools hosted by the Linux Foundation. It was created in 2015 and aims to advance cross-sector blockchain technologies. Hyperledger does not support cryptocurrencies and does not represent a cryptocurrency network or a traditional blockchain system.

So what is Hyperledger for? The project aims to make it easier for developers and companies to work on blockchain adoption. It provides the standards and infrastructure needed to develop and implement blockchain solutions in a variety of industries.

Hyperledger structure in depth

The Hyperledger project can be visualized as a house with open source development tools and libraries as a base, and modular frames right under the roof.

One of the most widely used digital books is called Hyperledger Fabric. It is an authorized blockchain infrastructure that serves as a basis for creating applications or solutions with a modular architecture.

Hyperledger Besu is an Ethereum client designed for corporate use for both public and private use of authorized networks. The following Hyperledger Burrow framework runs on smart contracts and represents a complete binary blockchain distribution that supports EVM and WASM.

Hyperledger Indy can work standalone or even interoperate with other blockchains. Indy was developed precisely for decentralized identities. An easier-to-use modular distributed platform is called Hyperledger Iroha. The framework contains a role-based permission model and multiple signature support. Iroha is designed for digital asset management systems and is used to manage identity and serialized data. As part of a Hyperledger system, there is no cryptocurrency.

Hyperledger Sawtooth digital ledger offers a modular architecture where smart contracts can specify business rules for applications without having to know the underlying system design. Sawtooth uses the Python programming language and simplifies the deployment and maintenance of the final software.

Hyperledger applications compared to other corporate solutions

Let’s take a look at the differences between traditional web portals and blockchain-based solutions. The former lack speed, security and traceability, while the blockchain offers high transaction speed and enhanced security offered by smart contracts and encryption. As for Hyperledger Apps in particular, they stand out for their ability to handle complex business processes in a matter of hours.

When it comes to unauthorized blockchain solutions and Hyperledger applications with permission, there are several important differences. Unauthorized blockchain solutions involve zero regulation, allow anonymous cryptographic identities, and generally represent public systems in a shared registry. Fake tracking is code-based and transactions are impossible to alter.

Hyperledger applications are both public and private systems where workflows are monitored by regulators. Hyperledger application participants are real and identifiable, transaction identities can also be tracked.

Together, Hyperledger guarantees tamper-proof data exchange and cryptographic validation of contract terms and operations. A set of tools is rich in platforms and frameworks that can be chosen according to business specifications. Ultimately, implementing the solution will help consolidate databases, improve performance and scalability, minimize fraud risk, protect sensitive data, and streamline ROI.

Industries ready for Hyperledger adoption

Hyperledger has already entered multiple areas, including supply chain management, retail, healthcare, FinTech, IoT, banking and manufacturing. Companies that use the technology include Walmart, Amazon, Nestlé, Visa, Maersk, Postal Savings Bank of China and others.

To start your business innovation by adopting Hyperledger, you need to choose a competent Hyperledger development company to design a customized solution to meet your business challenges.

Exporting to Colombia: Challenges, Opportunities and Entry Strategy

Just after Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, Colombia is the fourth largest economy in Latin America. It is one of the only countries in South America with two coasts: the Pacific and the Caribbean. This gives global investors a big shipping advantage. It has also had steady economic growth and moderate inflation making it a promising market for exports to Colombia. There are also five different malls in the country.

With all these positive points, it stands as the newest and most emerging market that offers global companies a great opportunity to venture. Here, let’s discuss how to export to colombia – the challenges, opportunities and strategies:


• The existing government framework requires open tenders and public tenders. There may be a lack of transparency and fairness in bidding.

• Second, even only companies registered under Colombian law were able to offer legal services. International law firms had to form a joint venture with a local law firm.

• In order to bid for the Colombian government’s contracts, commercial presence was a requirement.

• For international banking there is a requirement to maintain a commercial presence in the country. Insurance companies have restrictions on the provision of policies under certain conditions in which insurance policies are not considered equivalent to bank guarantees.


Despite all the challenges it faces, Colombia offers global companies a wealth of opportunities. Here are a few:

• Infrastructure projects planned in Colombia will require most or all of the following services. Project financing, subcontracting of public works, logistics, construction equipment for public roads and airports.

Other areas of interest for international investors could be water treatment, water supply, electricity generation, oil and gas exploration and pollution control equipment. Transportation equipment, security and defense items and services are also in high demand at this site.

• Airport services and the improvement of existing infrastructure are seen here as a great opportunity for foreign investment.

• The key sectors that have always attracted attention in trade in Colombia are: oil and gas, petrochemicals, renewable energy, telecommunications and refineries.

• Other export opportunities include cotton, wheat, corn, soy products, automotive parts, food and beverage processing, and more.

• Packaging equipment and medical equipment are also in high demand here.

Input strategies:

Before going into the details of how to export to Colombia, it is equally important to analyze your market entry strategies. Here are some tips:

• An agent or representative or distributor in Colombia would be your best bet. This requires a proper contract to comply with the Colombian Commercial Code.

• Negotiating contacts with trust and a professional relationship is essential.

• It can offer excellent after-sales service as a strategy.

• Affordable financing and competitive pricing could be the key to your entry compared to others competing for it.

• Attending trade shows and advertising there could be a perfect way to make yourself known.

• Finally, it is very essential to be able to communicate in Spanish.

Business Blog Chain Solutions – What Can They Do For Your Business?

Despite the popular belief that blockchain technology is only designed to make cryptocurrency transactions and earn bitcoins, blockchain continues its entry into many areas of life: social media, gaming, healthcare, real estate, and more. The technology aims to improve work efficiency, reduce costs for companies and improve the customer experience.

Blockchain can be described as a digitized database and belongs to digital logging technology (DLT), which does not involve any central data warehouse or administrative functionality. Why is it an advantage for a company? Decentralization, along with transparency, gives each participant the opportunity to view all recorded data, ensure security, and track important information.

Here are areas that blockchain has already entered and has shown that it is worth relying on this technology.

Supply chain management, for example, is an important but vulnerable part of many companies’ workflow. The parties involved in the process often do not interact directly with each other and still apply paper-based information collection and storage methods. Blockchain offers complete paperwork removal: document flow is automated, digital certification is also used. Most importantly, each authorized member of the supply chain can track the product from the manufacturer to the consumer and prevent counterfeit distribution.

Several U.S. retail giants that suffered outbreaks of foodborne illness and more food withdrawals have implemented blockchain technology in their food supply chains. Previously, tracking a product took at least 7 days, and these days you can identify the origin of a food for a few seconds.

Thus, blockchain solutions made the recovery process faster, more efficient, and cost-saving. Meanwhile, customers have also experienced blockchain adoption in their hypermarkets. At Walmart Chinese stores, for example, they can scan the QR code and get all the product information – from the farm location to inspection certificates.

Healthcare is the field where blockchain-based solutions have become established as a highly secure and transparent way to maintain electronic health records (EHRs). Both doctors and patients are given permission to access and use the records when needed. At the same time, blockchain solutions work with smart contracts that protect the privacy of EHR data. Data from medical devices and clinical research are encrypted, insurance can also be run and stored. Another use case is the control of the supply chain of equipment and prescription drugs.

E-commerce increasingly requires blockchain technology. Again, the supply chain is a crucial issue here: controlling goods and managing supplies are often difficult tasks, but the blockchain helps companies manage their inventory more efficiently. Consumers who entrust their money and data to e-commerce organizations are concerned about data security and transparency, but this problem can be solved with blockchain development. Even slight changes in the transaction are evident in a blockchain, and tracking who made a mistake is no longer a problem. It is also possible to make cryptographic payments.

The following area is related to cryptocurrency transactions. DeFi, short for decentralized financing, not only includes the transfer of simple assets, but also refers to more complex financial use cases. Blockchain implementation contributes to the exclusion of intermediaries and, as a result, reduces costs. All transactions are encrypted and immutable, multi-step authentication mechanisms make the system difficult for unauthorized members to access. Recent developments include the opportunity to turn to P2P lending services and digital banking.

Social media can also be affected by blockchain. Along with its global popularity and ability to connect people around the world, social media is still vulnerable to account piracy, identity leakage, and copyright infringement. To address these issues, blockchain offers copyright protection, digital identity verification, and impartial licensing.

The real estate industry, e-government, gaming and many more have joined the wave of adoption of the blockchain. Once your business chooses innovation, delegate technology deployment to one of the enterprise blockchain companies that will develop a future-proof enterprise DLT for you. With blockchain, your business will change the rules of the game in your field.

The Old Monied Dupont Nemours and Roosevelt families buy a tax haven

Find out why and how the former Dupont Nemours and Roosevelt families were able to buy 4,000 acres of waterfront property on Provindentcials Island in the tax-free Crown Colony (or “Overseas Territory”) of Turk and Caicos Islands for 1 cent per acre?

This 4,000-acre sale (now a marina and tourist town, with an airport for jumbo planes (the $ 50,000,000 airport was donated by the UK government) was reduced in the 1970s, not the one from 1870!?!?

Source: A full-page ad from the Turks and Caicos Government 3 in Investor’s Daily (1985).

Was this the most profitable real estate investment of the 20th century? A quarter-acre lot in the gated community of Sandyport here in Nassau, Bahamas, sells today for about $ 260,000. Lots of half-acre canals in Lyford Cay sell for about $ 1 million.

Do the math. With an initial investment of just $ 40, the 4,000-acre property could be worth nearly $ 4 billion today.

YOU BE THE JUDGE …. Is the use of the world’s tax havens a blessing or a harm? Before you respond, take a look at some of the IRS gaps in our “Tax Code”, which are discovered for viewing below and are buried within the tax law for taxpayers! There is a very important gap for non-resident foreigners that you should not overlook!

Turks and Caicos Islands

Located 575 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, in the warm aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Turks and Caicos Islands (“TCI”) offer an unparalleled quality of life with all the necessary ingredients: a solid economy and government. and stable, central location, convenient international air transportation, modern sanitation facilities, low crime rate, friendly people and beautiful beaches. TCI is also a well-recognized and respected offshore financial center that offers a wide range of well-regulated financial services, from private banking to training and business management and trust.

The Turks and Caicos Islands are an archipelago of more than 40 islands that form the southeastern tip of the Bahamas range. There are two main groups, each surrounded by a continuous coral reef. Caicos is the largest group and includes Providenciales, Medium (or Large) Caicos and the islands of North, South, East and West Caicos, as well as numerous small keys, some of which are inhabited. The group of Turks, separated by a 35 km wide (22 mile) water channel, consists of Grand Turk, Salt Cay, and a series of small uninhabited cays.

All the islands are a summer paradise with some of the best diving in the world just minutes from the coast, especially on the islands of Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos. The islands benefit from an ideal tropical climate (an average annual temperature of 80 degrees F) and endless miles of sandy beaches.

In recent years, TCI has become one of the fastest growing economies in the Caribbean and is rapidly becoming a major tourist and diving destination where visitors and residents can enjoy a unique quality of life.

The islands were part of the United Kingdom’s Jamaican colony until 1962, when they assumed the status of a separate crown colony after Jamaica’s independence. The governor of the Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With the independence of the Bahamas, the islands received a separate governor in 1973. Although independence was agreed for 1982, the policy was reversed. and the islands remain British overseas territory.2

What is Blockchain Development?

Blockchain technology may be a new name for readers, but experts have a strong opinion that thanks to this technology we can witness a major change in the field of technology. Thus, several companies are looking for good opportunities in the field of Blockchain application development. Blockchain is an emerging technology, so most people are unaware of this new breakthrough. If you are interested in gaining considerable knowledge of technology, just keep reading the information below.

What do we mean by Blockchain?

Blockchain works like a digital ledger in which transactions are made using Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies. According to Blockchain experts, this technology provides an absolutely secure way to perform or record all transactions, agreements or contracts. In addition, Blockchain is valuable for everything it takes to be verified and stored in a secure digital ecosystem.

From the starting point of the network startup, the database is shared between a number of users who are included to access the information of all transactions. The total size of the network varies depending on the number of users, which can be two or three users, or it can be a group of hundreds of users.

What is Blockchain technology for?

Experts are trying to use it for more than one purpose, and today the most visible and prominent use of Blockchain technology is Bitcoin. Bitcoin has been helping people involved in financial transactions since 2008. In addition, experts are looking for ways in which the same technology can be used to resolve or reduce security issues, disputes or beliefs.

How is it used?

Specialized computer software is used to make the blockchain automatically share information in the database in the event of a new transaction. A blockchain contains blocks that are batches of encrypted or encrypted transactions. Each code, with the block hash in front of it, links the two and forms the string that is a block string. This process requires the validation of each block to ensure the security of the global database.

Why do we need Blockchain development?

As mentioned above, Blockchain is trying to make technology more useful for people who need to keep an indisputable record of transactions. Blockchain technology provides maximum clarity and transparency and can be used as an effective anti-corruption tool.

With the help of Blockchain technology, all transactions are performed in a secure environment where all the details are encrypted with the generation of a unique transaction number and this number is recorded in the ledger as a placeholder. In this case, not all users could see the details of the transaction. However, the network will be aware of the transaction. This process limits any change in a fraud because the person with malicious plans must access all the computers on the network to make changes to the database.

Due to the growing importance of Blockchain development, a number of people or organizations are looking for a reliable and trustworthy Blockchain development company.

How to track gift certificates

Why you should keep track of gift certificates

If you are a small business and are giving / selling gift certificates (also called gift vouchers) to your customers, you may not have an integrated gift card solution that can be quite expensive.

Therefore, if you are offering gift vouchers to your customers, you need a way to keep track of them, primarily for fraud and accounting reasons. Let’s see why it is necessary:

  • you need to avoid customer fraud by reprinting a gift voucher and thus making your business lose money.
  • if you allow customers to redeem a partial amount of the certificate value, you need to know how much is still available to redeem.
  • You also need to find out which certificates have been exchanged if you want to evaluate the performance of your certificate program.
  • You may also be interested in getting to know the gift voucher better: when it was sold, what promotion it was part of, etc …

Track gift certificates using a manual code

In this tracking system, you need each certificate to have a unique, random certificate number. In fact, to be able to identify a certificate, its serial number must be unique. A random number is also important, as it prevents people from reprinting a certificate and using a text formatting program to change its serial number to make it look like a new valid one. In fact, in order to reduce the chance that people will guess a valid code, you can also add letters and other special characters to the serial number.

How to generate gift certificate codes

You can use random code generator software or generate the codes yourself. In any case, make sure you have a record of the current certificates in use. You can use Microsoft Excel or any spreadsheet program to maintain this list. You must ensure that customers cannot see this list because you do not want them to know valid certificate numbers. In this file, you might want to specify the serial number of the certificate, the date of issue, the value of the certificate, the amount exchanged, and any other information that you consider useful for tracking, such as which promotion is part of. the certificate, if it has been sold or given to the customer, etc …

An easier option: generate barcodes for gift vouchers

If you want a simpler, more automated way to track gift vouchers, you can print a barcode on each gift voucher to integrate well with your point-of-sale software. Contact your point-of-sale software vendor to see if they can offer this integration.

Cryptocurrency vs Fiat currency

Crypto currency vs Fiat currency

Do you know trust coins and cryptocurrencies? Both are coins in one form or another and are open to public use worldwide. But both are different and different in their own way. There is always one group that favors the use of cryptocurrencies, while the other has a soft corner for fiat currencies.

In the cashless society, crypto money plays an important role

If you look at the market in the seventies and eighties, you will find that cash played the dominant role. But with the change in technology, electronic transactions have become the norm. Today, more and more people are being influenced to become society without cash. With progress towards a cashless society, cryptocurrencies have an important role to play.

Cryptocurrency and fiat currency are always in conflict

Cryptocurrency and fiat currency are popular types of digital currency, especially when it comes to an online transaction. Both are coins that are currently used in the market, but they have some differences. There are a lot of bubbles you will hear every day comparing cryptocurrency and trust money. This article will highlight the difference between the two in a more complete and clear way.

Differentiate what currencies represent

Before going into the difference between the two, you need to understand what they represent and how they are defined.

The fiat currency is a legal tender that has the support of the central government and works physically. For example, US dollars, British pounds, euros, etc. On the other hand, the cryptocurrency is an illegal exchange rate and has no central government or bank backup.

Therefore, the difference between cryptocurrency and fiat currency is as follows:

• Cryptocurrencies are decentralized and global in nature. There is no entity or government that controls the currency with its laws and regulations. Fiat currency is centralized, under the control of the laws and regulations of the banks and the government.

• Cryptocurrencies only exist in the digital domain. On the other hand, you will find that trust coins have a tangible and physical existence.

• There is a limited supply of cryptocurrencies with a maximum set of them being offered in the market. Meanwhile, the fiat currency has an unlimited supply, as the government and the bank have the right to produce coins and paper money whenever the situation is necessary.

• Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are created by computers, while fiat currencies are issued by local government and banks.

• Cryptocurrencies are presented as pieces of public and private code. On the other hand, fiat currencies come in the form of coins and paper money.

• The value of cryptocurrencies is not recognized by market supply and demand. Meanwhile, the value of the fiat currency is determined by the regulations of the supply and demand market.

The different types of crypto and fiat currencies

In the last decade, the popularity of cryptocurrencies has emerged as a great success. It was in 2009, when Bitcoin was first introduced, and years after various types of cryptocurrencies emerged. From Litecoin. Dogecoin, Ripple to the Dcash and Zcash, there are a lot of them. On the other hand, the fiat currency has rich and ancient roots, with the British Pound dating back to 775 AD. It is considered the oldest currency in the world that is still in use.

The differences in anonymity between the two currencies

When using fiat currencies, you must undergo a user identification or verification process. You are asked to upload a recent photo of yourself and some of the required documents that will be issued by the public authorities. You do not need to go through any of the required processes with cryptocurrencies. Although your personal information and confidential details are not made public, all your transactions are recorded and tracked in both fiat and cryptocurrency.

Fiat currency vs crypto currency: level of transparency

• The level of transparency with cryptocurrencies is considered higher. This is because revenue streams are displayed on a public channel. Everyone can witness their transactions and those of others.

• The fiat or govt. currencies are not transparent, as there are no public channels to see people’s income streams.

Comparative historical roots

If you compare the cryptocurrency with that of its counterpart, the fiat currency or the government currency, you will find that its existence and creation makes a difference. The Fiat, the government’s currency, dates back to 775 AD with the introduction of the British Pound. That is why fiat currency is easily accepted by people everywhere.

On the other hand, cryptocurrency may have been first introduced just a decade ago, with the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009. The challenge facing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is to catch up with the immense popularity and the increase in the fan base of the fiat currency. . Undoubtedly, cryptocurrency is gaining importance and popularity in the economic market, but it has not yet been widely accepted in society as a fiat currency.

A comparative history of the two currencies:

• It was in the 11th century, when the Chinese Song Dynasty was perhaps the first to issue paper money. It was not allowed to exchange with valuables such as gold and silver or silk.

• There were tally sticks that were introduced as fiat or government currency. 1100 counter sticks were introduced to combat gold shortages.

• 1971 was the year in which the fiat currency received worldwide recognition. President Nixon introduced it to remove the dollar-to-gold bonding system.

• It was in 1998, when Wei Dai came up with the idea of ​​an anonymous electronic cash system. Bitgold: The first cryptocurrency was created by Nick Szabo, but it didn’t get as much attention as Bitcoin.

• In 2009 it was introduced to the Bitcoin market, which became the first accepted cryptocurrency in the world. In 2011 and beyond, a number of other cryptocurrencies were introduced. Some of the most popular include Litecoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Zcash, Dash and more.

The features of the two coins

The potential of cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies to gain access to their features is important. You will find that in some of the criteria, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are superior to the fiat or government currency, and in some cases the latter exceeds. It is absolutely your call to choose the type of currency (crypto currency or fiat currency) based on your personal needs and requirements.

We compare their features with respect to certain factors.

• Both crypto and fiat currencies are interchangeable in nature.

• In terms of portability, both currencies hold more or less the same position.

• In terms of non-consumable criteria, cryptocurrency and fiat currency have the same status.

• Cryptocurrencies have a high durability compared to fiat currencies that have a moderate level of durability.

• Both crypto or virtual currencies and fiat or government currencies guarantee safe and secure transactions and exchanges.

• Cryptocurrencies or digital currencies are highly divisible in nature. On the other hand, fiat coins are moderately divisible.

• As for the transaction process, cryptocurrencies are easy and hassle free. While, on the other hand, the traction process associated with fiat currencies is easy, but not like cryptocurrencies.

• Cryptocurrency-based currencies are decentralized and global in nature, unlike fiat currencies which are centralized and operate under government laws and regulations.

• Crypto-based currencies are in short supply, while fiat currencies are unlimited, as the government can issue coins and paper money whenever needed.

• Cryptographic-based currencies are based on mathematical algorithms and are programmable. Trust coins are not programmable at all.

• Trust coins are sovereign in nature, while cryptocurrencies are not.

The process of coin operation

You can find significant differences between crypto or digital currencies and fiat currencies with the way they both work and the transaction process that takes place. They are of a contrasting nature. Transferring money with Bitcoin is very fast and you do not need any third party partnerships.

On the other hand, if you are involved in exchanging money using a Fiat type coin, a mobile wallet is used. You can change the amount of electronic money that is transferred to the same amount of electronic value. Both fiat currency and cryptocurrency allow you to buy whatever you want. But the processes involved are absolutely different from each other.

Depending on the things you buy, you will find that one form of currency is better than the other. This is absolutely your choice.

Is Bitcoin a better cryptocurrency than fiat currency?

The long-term benefits and capability of Bitcoins are not yet established. But gurus and cryptocurrency experts have predicted that they will go a long way, especially revolutionizing the way online transactions are conducted. In today’s market, Bitcoin is mainly included in online casinos and gambling, but it is not limited to this.

Also, when comparing fiat currencies, Bitcoin allows you to seize the power and authority of banks and government, as it is out of control. Cryptocurrency-based currency has the ability to create or create free market capital. Fiat currencies are affected by inflation and market changes, unlike crypto-based currencies. These aspects make individuals believe that cryptocurrencies will soon take over the major currencies and cause a transformation in the way money is used.

Why is Bitcoins considered better than fiat currencies?

• Bitcoin offers you the opportunity to re-create free market capitalism.

• The power to control money is absolutely up to individuals, not banks like fiat currencies.

• When there is inflation, Bitcoin is not affected. But Fiat currency will be easier to lose and be affected.

• Bitcoin is easier to exchange and transfer compared to fiat or government currencies.

• Bitcoin-related transaction fees are much cheaper and easily affordable.

Cryptocurrencies seem to be a favorable option among the people

Fiat coins are the centralized and legal way to exchange money. However, cryptocurrencies have gained immense popularity in recent years. There will never be anyone acting as an intermediary, as in the case of banks. In addition, cryptocurrencies are much cheaper and less expensive than conventional fiat currencies.

Send money directly anywhere without waiting for bank approval

You can send money directly to anyone in the world and it is very fast. Money is removed in minutes. There is no need to wait for the traditional clearing and verification processes of banking systems, which can take up to several days to obtain an authorization. Because it is decentralized and not included in government law and regulations, no one has the power to do anything with your account.

Blockchain technology plays a very important role

Thanks to cryptocurrencies, this gives us the power and authority to become our own bank and take control of our finances. It is because of blockchain technology that it offers a higher level of sophistication when it comes to finance. In fact, there are some major financial industries that have begun to incorporate the idea of ​​technology.

Types of cryptocurrency wallets and their general security aspect

There are several types of cryptocurrency wallets to allow users to store and access their digital currencies in different ways. The question that is relevant in this context is how secure these portfolios are. Before addressing the security aspect, it is helpful to understand the different types or varieties of cryptocurrency wallets that currently exist.

Cryptocurrency portfolio: types and varieties

These portfolios can generally be classified into 3 categories:

  • Software portfolios
  • Hardware wallets and
  • Paper wallets

Cryptocurrency software portfolios can be further subdivided into desktop, online, and mobile portfolios.

  • Desktop Software Portfolios: These wallets are intended to be downloaded and installed on desktops and laptops. This particular variety offers the highest level of security, although its accessibility is limited only to the computer on which they are installed. Also, if your computer is hacked or infected by a virus, there is a chance that someone will lose all your money.
  • Online software portfolios: This range of cryptocurrency wallets runs in the cloud. Thus, it can be easily accessed from any computer device and from any geographical location. In addition to the convenience of accessibility, these types of digital wallets store private keys online. The keys are even controlled by third parties; this makes them easily vulnerable to piracy and theft.
  • Mobile software portfolios: Unlike the other two varieties, mobile software portfolios run on smartphones using an app. They can be easily used everywhere, including retail stores and malls. This range of wallets is usually much simpler and smaller compared to normal desktop wallets to fit with very limited space for mobile phones.

Difference between hardware and software portfolios

Digital hardware wallets vary from software wallets to the storage of a user’s private keys. Hardware wallets store user keys on a hardware device (for example, USB). As the keys are stored offline, these wallets provide added security. In addition, hardware wallets are easily supported by many online interfaces and can also handle different currencies. It is also easy to trade with this variety of cryptocurrency wallets. As a user, you only need to connect your device to any computer that is connected to the web before entering a PIN, transferring currency, and confirming the transaction. Hardware wallets keep your digital currency offline, so the risk factor or security concern is also much lower.

Digital Paper Wallets: This range of digital wallets is also easy to use and ensures a high level of security. The term “paper wallet” refers only to the hard copy of a user’s public and private keys. However, considering the cases, you can also refer to a software application designed to generate keys securely before printing.

Sweeping with paper wallets

Using paper wallets is relatively easier. To transfer any cryptocurrency to your paper wallet, simply transfer the funds from the software wallet to the public address that shows your paper wallet. Similarly, when you want to spend or withdraw your money, just transfer the funds from your paper wallet to your software wallet. This procedure is popularly called “sweeping”.

Sweeping can be done manually, by entering private keys or by scanning the QR code in a paper wallet.

How secure are cryptocurrency wallets

Different varieties of digital wallets offer different levels of security. The security aspect depends mainly on two factors:

  • The type of wallet you use: hardware, paper, online, desktop, or mobile
  • A chosen service provider

Not to mention, it’s much safer to keep coins in an offline environment compared to online. There is no way to ignore security measures, regardless of the portfolio chosen. If you lose your private keys, all the money stored in your wallet will disappear from your hands. On the other hand, if your wallet is hacked or you transfer funds to a scammer, it will not be possible to reverse the transaction or recover that money.

Investing in cryptocurrency is a smart business idea, so using the right portfolio is inevitable. Just take some precaution to ensure the safe and secure aspect of your fund transfers and transactions.