First of all, do you know what Crypto Coin is? It is money that exists electronically. Although it isn’t widely used at the moment it is becoming more and more popular and it is thought and expected that in the future, we will all be using cryptocurrency in our every day lives. Already, there are many things that we can buy with it, from a cup of coffee to our cars or even our homes. As the economic situation in the world worsens, many are looking into the different option available to them and their finances.
So how does it all work? It can seem hard to understand because it all exists virtually, there is nothing physical, like the coins and notes we’re used to having in our wallets. But just because there’s nothing physical in front of us, does not mean cryptocurrency isn’t valuable. Instead of a wallet in your pocket, you can store your cryptocurrency in a wallet you own digitally. This can simply be on your smartphone or accessed on a home computer. You can then use them to buy things.
Unlike when we use our debit cards, using cryptocurrency does not involve the process of contacting the bank to authorise the payment when we are making a purchase. Rather, a database, or a ledger, will record the purchase. This database is known as a blockchain. In fact, these blockchains record every single transaction ever made using cryptocurrency. And they will stay there indefinitely. This blockchain is shared between a huge network of computers which makes it a lot safer than if it was based in one centralized location. This keeps each transaction and user of cryptocurrency more protected.
There are different ways to get your own cryptocurrency. You may buy it from brokers. You then need to decide where to store it and how to spend it. Another way to gain cryptocurrency is through mining. Coins are generated when problems (tough, mathematical ones) are solved on computers. But it can take a lot (even years!) of mining to get one coin.
Although cryptocurrency has been around for some time now (well over a decade), it is still quite unknown to many and something people can shy away from. But as I said at the outset, it is gaining popularity and more and more interest is being shown so it is expected to really take off in the future.