Crypto Basics

All you need to know about the basics of cryptocurrency in one place. Learn how Bitcoin, blockchain and altcoins work, how to actually use them, and why it matters to you.
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How the US Election Could Influence Bitcoin Prices
With the U.S. election drawing nearer, how could its outcome affect the price of Bitcoin?
By Decentralized Dog
1yr ago
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The Micropayment Economy: What It Is, and Why It Matters
Micropayments seem like such a good way to tip your friends and favorite content creators — how often are they really used, and what blockchains can handle them?
By Decentralized Dog
1yr ago
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5 Things That Decentralized Storage Aims to Fix
With the upcoming launch of Filecoin, a lot of people are wondering — why does decentralized storage apply to me?
By Decentralized Dog
1yr ago
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What Is a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)?
Central bank digital currencies are a lot different from the cryptocurrencies that you are familiar with.
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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Does China Have a Cryptocurrency?
China is expected to become the first major global economy to launch their own central bank digital currency, leading the way for a number of reasons.
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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What Is a Bitcoin Wallet?
Bitcoin wallets are similar to their fiat counterparts — but there are specifics to using BTC wallets that make them totally different.
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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What Is Censorship Resistance?
Bitcoin is often brought up as a way of resisting censorship — but how can a digital currency do that?
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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Proof-of-Work vs. Proof-of-Stake
Proof-of-work and proof-of-stake are two of the most popular crypto mining mechanisms — but what makes them different?
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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What Is Wrapped Bitcoin?
Wrapped Bitcoin is a relatively new concept, but one that could prove important to bringing liquidity to DeFi.
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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What Is an IEO?
IEOs are initial exchange offerings, and it may well be the new ICOs — but what makes this method of fundraising different?
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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What Is a Stablecoin?
Stablecoins can help crypto investors avoid volatility in the markets, but they have plenty of other real-world use cases too.
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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Should I Get My Salary in Crypto?
Is it worth it to get your salary in cryptocurrency? While there are pros in terms of speed and transparency, there are definitely some cons.
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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What Is an ICO?
ICOs were all the rage back in 2017 — what do you need to know about this method of fundraising, and how can you protect yourself against bad actors?
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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Who Is Satoshi Nakamoto?
There's a lot we don't know about Satoshi Nakamoto — but does unmasking the creator of Bitcoin even matter?
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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Is Cryptocurrency Anonymous?
Understanding cryptocurrency anonymity requires some nuance, since there are now thousands of coins with different properties.
By Stuart Langridge
2yr ago
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What Is Tokenomics?
Tokenomics is the topic of understanding the supply and demand characteristics of cryptocurrencies.
By Stuart Langridge
2yr ago
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How Long Does a Bitcoin Transaction Take?
On the Bitcoin network, the average confirmation time for a BTC payment is about 10 minutes. However, transaction times can vary wildly — and here, we're going to explain why.
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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​What Can You Buy With Bitcoin?
Bitcoin payments are increasingly being accepted by some big brands — especially in online stores.
By Decentralized Dog
2yr ago
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