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Introduction to Bitcoin: Frequently Asked Questions and What you need to know

Introduction to Bitcoin: Frequently Asked Questions and What you need to know

Introduction to Bitcoin

In this video-article, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about bitcoin.

Bitcoin has taken investors and the rest of the world on a wild roller coaster from its humble beginnings in 2008 to its price peak in 2021. In just over a decade, the world’s first cryptocurrency has risen and fallen, rallied and fallen, and risen and fallen again on its way to tens of thousands of dollars. Being the world’s first decentralized global digital currency and the most popularly used cryptocurrency, some believe that it will eventually replace physical cash.

It can be transferred swiftly and securely from one location to another, and all that is required is an internet connection. Because Bitcoin is a decentralized coin, its price is set by the free market, based on the principle of supply and demand.


History of Bitcoin

In 2008, during the worldwide economic crisis, a man named Satoshi Nakamoto believed that the moment was perfect for the first digital decentralized currency to be launched. On October 31, 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto published a thesis titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. The thesis presented the concept of Bitcoin.

As mentioned above, the name Satoshi Nakamoto is thought to be a pseudonym, and the Bitcoin creator’s genuine identity is still unknown. Despite the fact that several people claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto, none of them has offered enough proof.

The world’s first Bitcoin called the “Genesis Block” was mined on January 3rd, 2009. The Genesis block is also sometimes known as “block number 0.” The miners received a reward of 50 bitcoins for completing the block. When Bitcoin was initially launched, it had almost no financial worth in its first two years of existence. Nonetheless, it quickly spawned vibrant and dynamic communities of developers who are constantly improving the original code.

However, as more and more enhancements and use cases for Bitcoin began to emerge in the following years, the community grew larger and stronger.


Introduction to Bitcoin: What is BTC mining?

Bitcoin mining refers to the process of enabling the Bitcoin network to function while simultaneously producing new coins. For example, Sam generates a transaction and signs it with his private key, and then publishes it to the network where he wishes to transfer Bitcoin to Jack.

And, here come the miners. Miners play an important role and are essentially the ones that confirm and verify transactions, place them in subsequent blocks, and help in broadcasting them to the public record, or blockchain.


What is the role of public and private keys?

The public and private keys are essentially long sequences of numbers and characters that are connected by the mathematical encryption method that produces them and is used to keep track of Bitcoin token balances.

The public key is similar to a bank account number. It is the address that is made public and to which others can transfer Bitcoin. The private key is intended to be kept confidential and is only used to approve Bitcoin transactions.

A Bitcoin wallet, which is a physical or digital device that supports Bitcoin trade and allows users to monitor ownership of coins, should not be confused with Bitcoin keys. The name “wallet” is a misnomer because Bitcoin is never held “in” a wallet, but rather distributed on a blockchain due to its decentralized nature.


Introduction to Bitcoin: Where to buy BTC?

The simplest and most convenient method to obtain Bitcoin is to purchase it online on exchanges such as Binance and Kucoin or you can buy it at one of the many Bitcoin ATMs situated throughout the world. The most important thing is to always buy from a reputable vendor to avoid scams and fraud.



How do miners earn and why is not everyone mining?

When it comes to mining, it consists of solving challenging mathematical and cryptographic problems using the hash algorithm. In the early days of Bitcoin, a home computer could mine the cryptocurrency. However, as competition has increased, only large mining firms are able to take part in Bitcoin mining. As a bitcoin miner, you can receive two types of rewards.

The first one is the transaction fees for validating transactions, and the other one is the block rewards. A block reward is given to the miner who solves the above mentioned cryptographic issue, which is the second form of miner payment. Each block reward was worth 50 bitcoins when bitcoin was first launched in 2009.

The block reward was cut for the third time in May 2020, to 6.25 BTC. In May 2021, there were 18.7 million bitcoins in circulation, accounting for roughly 90% of the total intended supply.

Every four years, the Bitcoin protocol calls for a halving event, in which the reward is reduced by half. It’s important to remember that Bitcoin’s protocol allows for just 21 million coins to be created. No new bitcoins will be generated when this amount is achieved, and miners will only be paid for transaction fees.


Where do you store bitcoins?

Bitcoins, like fiat money, are held in a specific digital wallet, similar to how regular cash is kept in a wallet. Each wallet has a public digital address where coins may be sent. The address is a 30 character long string of numbers and English letters.There is no charge to set up a new wallet, and the number of wallets you may have is unlimited.

There are various sorts of digital wallets, each with its own level of security. And using a block explorer, you can track your bitcoin transactions.

The block explorer is a public ledger that records all Bitcoin transactions in real-time. The ledger is separated into blocks. Each block containing several log commands, with the actual transaction taking place after the block is closed.


Can bitcoin be used for buying and selling stuff?

Just like fiat money, companies and governments are considering making Bitcoin accepted as payment for goods or services rendered. Sometimes, brick-and-mortar shops may post a sign that says “Bitcoin Accepted Here,” and transactions can be conducted with the necessary hardware terminal or wallet address through QR codes and touchscreen applications.

An online business may simply accept Bitcoin by adding it to its other online payment alternatives, such as credit cards, PayPal, and so on. In June 2021, El Salvador became the first country to officially recognize Bitcoin as legal money.


Is it possible to buy or send less than one bitcoin?

After the decimal, Bitcoin contains eight numbers. The lowest value is 0.00000001 Bitcoin, and this is known as one Satoshi. It is preferable not to send such a tiny sum because the transaction cost will be greater than the amount transferred.


What is the true worth of bitcoin?

In barely over a decade, the price of bitcoin has climbed rapidly. From less than $1 in 2011 to more than $68,000 in November 2021. It’s worth is determined by a number of factors, including its scarcity, market demand, and the marginal cost of production.

As a result, despite its intangibility, Bitcoin commands a high valuation. Bitcoin price reached a total market capitalization of $1.11 trillion in November 2021. As of today, the market capitalization is $ 760 billion and holds the title of the world’s most valued cryptocurrency.


How much does the transaction fee cost?

The transaction fee, which is added to each order and paid to the miner for his labor in closing the block, is the only cost of a Bitcoin transaction from one place to another.

Bitcoin transfers are much less expensive than other methods of money transmission. The charge is not concrete, and most digital wallets calculate the minimum required fee automatically. The faster the transfer, the greater the charge i.e. if your transaction is handled by a miner, he will prefer to take the higher fee transactions.

On average, the transaction fee for most Bitcoin transactions is less than $2. To demonstrate how inexpensive it is to send large amounts of money in Bitcoin, this transaction of $101,000,000 was sent for as little as a $121 transaction fee, or roughly 0.00001 percent.


Is Bitcoin a scam?

Even though Bitcoin is virtual and cannot be touched, it is undeniably real. It has been around for more than a decade, and the system has been shown to be reliable.

Furthermore, the system’s computer code is open source and can be downloaded and evaluated by anybody for vulnerabilities or indications of malicious intent.

Of course, criminals may seek to defraud individuals out of their Bitcoin or hack sites such as cryptocurrency exchanges, but these are faults in human behaviour or third-party programs.


If you have any question unanswered, let us know in the comments!


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Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.


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