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What Bitcoin Is

Bitcoin is one of the most popular and important cryptocurrencies in the world. 5-Minute Crafts will now explain to you what Bitcoin is and how it works.

What Bitcoin is exactly

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created in 2009. The identity of the person who created this currency is still a mystery. There are no physical bitcoins, you only see a balance on a public ledger that everyone has access to. They are not issued by any banks or governments.

How it works

Each bitcoin is a computer file stored on a “digital wallet app on a smartphone or computer. People send bitcoins to your wallet and you can send them to theirs. The transactions are recorded on a public list called a blockchain.

How to mine Bitcoin

Bitcoin mining is the process by which new bitcoins enter into circulation. It is done using very sophisticated computers. These computers solve complex math problems that cannot be solved by hand. If your computer solves the problem, a new Bitcoin is generated.

Mining Bitcoin is illegal in some countries, as it depends on one’s geographic location and can threaten the dominance of fiat currencies and the control of the government over the financial market. The growth of Bitcoin mining also comes with an environmental impact due to the fact that it increases the energy usage required by computer systems. This can result in a big impact on one’s carbon footprint.

How to use Bitcoin

To start using Bitcoin, you have to do the following:

  • Inform yourself so you avoid any pitfalls.
  • Choose a wallet and install it on your smartphone or computer.
  • Get bitcoins by accepting them as payment. There are also other ways you can buy bitcoins.
  • Spend bitcoins on services that allow Bitcoin as a payment method.
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