September 25, 2022
Crypto explanation

Altcoins

The focus on the crypto market is clearly on Bitcoin.  Altcoins are cryptocurrencies that were invented after the oldest digital currency and represent an alternative to Bitcoin. Examples are Ethereum, Cardano or Solana.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is not only the largest in terms of volume, but also the oldest cryptocurrencyin the world.

As early as October 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym of the Bitcoin inventor, outlined what such a virtual currency could look like in a white paper entitled “A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”.

Shortly thereafter, in January 2009, the first bitcoins were mined.

Because Nakamoto acted under a pseudonym, it is still unclear who exactly created Bitcoin.

Blockchain

Cryptocurrency transactions are documented on the blockchain. Blockchain is a public, decentralized database.

The information is not stored on a single server, but on many thousands of computers.

Each transaction is stored in a block and appended to a chain of pre-existing records. 

That is why the blockchain is also called a digital cash book, says chaktty.

According to Techpally, The stored data can no longer be changed afterwards or only with the consent of the network. This is to create a forgery-proof protocol.

Ether

Ether is the second largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin and is based on the Ethereum blockchain.

Compared to the Bitcoin blockchain, this is considered to be more modern and powerful and will soon be switched to the more energy-saving proof-of-stake process.

Smart contracts can also be traded via Ethereum. The cryptocurrency is also popular because NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are often based on Ethereum and are therefore paid for with Ether.

Mining

Mining is the creation (digging) of new coins. In this process, in the case of Bitcoin, miners make the computing power of their computers available to solve complex mathematical tasks. 

This is how transactions are verified and stored on the blockchain. The miners are rewarded with newly generated Bitcoin for providing the computing power.

With some other cryptocurrencies, however, the mining is not based on computing power, but on the shares of the network participants in the respective cryptocurrency (see Proof of Stake)

 In this case, mining is therefore often referred to as staking. Participants also receive a bonus for this, i.e. a kind of interest on their share.

Minutes

According to businesspally Inc, Minten refers to the creation of an NFT (non-fungible token). In this case, “imprinting” the image means uploading it to the blockchain.

NFT

The abbreviation NFT stands for non-fungible tokens, i.e. non-exchangeable tokens. 

NFTs are virtual goods traded on the blockchain.

Often it’s ‧digital pictures or trading cards. Every NFT is unique. 

Anyone who buys one is registered as the owner in the blockchain and can therefore show a certificate of authenticity for a virtual image or a digital work of art, for example.

Proof of work

Some blockchains are based on the Proof of Stake process. Unlike Proof of Work, mining does not require extensive hardware and large amounts of computing power. 

Proof of Stake is therefore considered to be much more energy-efficient.

Instead, those transactions and new coins that hold a particularly high proportion of a cryptocurrency are allowed to release them. 

They are then called validators. The process is based on a consensus mechanism.

The higher the price, the higher the number of coins to participate in the process.

Proof of Stake

Some blockchains are based on the Proof of Stake process. Unlike Proof of Work, mining does not require extensive hardware and large amounts of computing power.

 Proof of Stake is therefore considered to be much more energy-efficient.

Instead, those transactions and new coins that hold a particularly high proportion of a cryptocurrency are allowed to release them.

They are then called validators. The process is based on a consensus mechanism.

The higher the price, the higher the number of coins to participate in the process.

Smart Contracts

Smart contracts are virtual contracts that are exchanged over the blockchain.

These come into force independently under certain previously defined conditions. 

Banks and other financial institutions in particular ‧see great benefits in smart contracts.

For example, they could make intermediaries – i.e. intermediate bodies such as securities brokers – superfluous in stock exchange trading.

Wallet

The wallet is a kind of digital purse for cryptocurrencies. It allows users to buy and send crypto assets.

There are several types of wallets. The hardware wallet is essentially a USB stick on which a user’s crypto assets and access are stored. A paper wallet is printed out on paper.

A QR code is generated for this, which you have to scan in order to make transactions, according to businesspally editor.

 A software wallet does not require external devices or paper printouts.

Here the data is stored in a computer program. Users must not forget their access data: otherwise they would be denied access to their crypto assets.

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