Elvis W.

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Course Introduction
Welcome message and course overview Introduction to the concept of cryptocurrency. Presentation of the course guide (Elvis; tutor and content creator).
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Beginner’s guide to Bitcoin
The beginner's guide to Bitcoin provides an introductory understanding of the first and most well-known cryptocurrency, explaining its digital nature, decentralized structure, and the basics of how it is used for transactions and as an investment. It also covers the essentials of Bitcoin mining, wallets, and the underlying blockchain technology that supports it.
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A beginner’s guide to cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency Simplified
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What is cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency: The Future of Finance Awaits You

Have you heard whispers of ‘cryptocurrency’ in the buzz of the market streets or seen it flashing on your screen during a late-night scroll?

You’re not alone.

Cryptocurrencies are the new frontier in the digital landscape, and they’re becoming more than just a tech fad—they’re a financial revolution.

What exactly is cryptocurrency?

Let’s embark on a journey to unravel the mystery of cryptocurrencies.

Imagine a currency that exists not in your wallet but in the cloud, a digital token of value that you can send to anyone, anywhere in the world, without needing a bank as a middleman.

Global Money Without Borders

Cryptocurrency doesn’t care where you are on the map.

Whether in the bustling city of Nairobi or the quiet hills of the Maasai Mara, as long as you have an internet connection, you can be part of a global financial community.

Isn’t that something?

Welcome to the Age of Inclusion!

Have you ever found the banking system’s red tape to be frustrating?

With cryptocurrency, those barriers fade away.

No forms, no waiting periods—just you and your digital wallet, transacting freely.

The Power of Decentralization

Cryptocurrencies are unaffiliated with any central bank or government, in contrast to conventional currencies, commonly referred to as “fiat” currencies like the US dollar.

The European Central Bank (ECB), for instance, issues and controls the euro; the Bank of Japan (BOJ) controls the Japanese yen; and the Federal Reserve (Fed) issues and controls the U.S. dollar.

This suggests that unlike fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies do not have a central authority.

There is no bank or government support for them.

We refer to this characteristic of cryptocurrencies as decentralization.

Who generates cryptocurrency if neither the government nor a central bank does so?

Software executing predefined rules written in code creates cryptocurrency units.

The supply of cryptocurrencies is one of the most crucial factors, as it greatly affects their value and usefulness.

Cryptocurrencies may be generated and destroyed according to the rules specified in the software’s code.

Certain cryptocurrencies have a limited number of units that may ever be in circulation, resulting in scarcity since they have a finite (or fixed) total supply.

Others have no limit cap as they are introduced with an endless total supply!

(However, there could be a cap on the total number of new units that can be produced in a certain period of time, like a year.)

Cryptocurrencies cannot be faked.

Additionally, the architecture of cryptocurrencies prevents counterfeiting.

This is the context in which encryption enters the picture and shows how transactions may be safely recorded and stored.

The word “crypt” in cryptography means “hidden,” while the suffix “graphy” signifies “writing.”

Cryptography was the study of methods for protecting handwritten data from prying eyes before there were computers.

It is even documented that Julius Caesar used encryption to speak with his generals.

However, in the present day, cryptography is now connected to the use of complex mathematics to secure computer data.

The word “crypto” in “cryptocurrencies” stems from the fact that they are secure due to the use of cryptography.

To sum up what makes cryptocurrency special:

  1. They only exist digitally, accessible via computers and cellphones.
  2. Compared to traditional money transfers, their global nature frequently results in lower costs and faster processing, enabling transactions across borders.
  3. They work without an intermediary and are available to everyone, doing away with the requirement for conventional banking permissions or accounts.
  4. They allow for transactions without the need for personal identification and provide different degrees of anonymity.
  5. Because they are decentralized and have no one authority in control, they are immune to state ownership or influence.
  6. Instead of a central bank, the predetermined rules in their programming control their amount because they are software-created.
  7. They have strong security since transaction data is recorded in a complex way that prevents fraud.

These distinguishing characteristics imply that cryptocurrencies have the potential to transform financial independence by eliminating the need for middlemen.

Although the full potential of cryptocurrencies has not yet materialized, they are an emerging asset class due to their growing prominence in the financial industry.

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