Bitcoin for Beginners

[This article was written for publication on April 1, 2013] Understanding Bitcoin requires that we understand the limits of our ability to imagine the future that the market can create for us. Thirty years ago, for example, if someone had said that electronic text—digits flying through the air and landing in personalized inboxes owned by us all that we check at will at any time of the day or night—would eventually displace first-class mail, you

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Ten Essential Security Practices to Keep Your Bitcoin Safe

The recent explosion in the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has inspired me to start a new hobby: helping people recover lost Bitcoin wallets.    As might be expected of early adopters in an anonymous Internet cryptocurrency, many of my customers are information security professionals.   It seems that many of them set up so many security measures that they locked themselves out of their Bitcoin.  On the other hand, I’ve also heard from many

By David Veksler, ago

Why I’m Betting on the Future of Bitcoin

Five years of living in China spoiled me in terms of financial transactions. Most people don’t use debit or credit: they either use cash or more commonly, send money electronically via mobile apps. Mobile wallet apps are often used for large payments, and your landlord or utility company is just as likely to accept them as the friend you’re splitting lunch with. You can log in to your bank’s website or ATM and send someone a

By David Veksler, ago

How to Live Like a Bitcoin Millionaire

The opportunity is to live every dream you have ever had. Now. The problem is that for every dream you realize, you have to relinquish some of your property. And every bit of that property is hard to come by, extraordinarily lucrative, and the single most in-demand thing on the planet earth. So, yes, you could be living it up. Instead, you have become addicted to seeing your net worth rise and rise…oh, and rise

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