Will Bitcoin burn the planet to ashes? Not so fast.

Environmentalists have recently become concerned about the impact Bitcoin mining has on global warming. Headlines such as “Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?” and “Bitcoin Mining Alone Could Raise Global Temperatures Above Critical Limit By 2033” suggest that Bitcoin is an unfolding environmental disaster. However, those panicking about crypto make three fundamental errors. First, they do not understand how Bitcoin works, second, they do not understand what mass adoption would look like, and third, they do not understand the problem Bitcoin is intended to solve.

By David Veksler, ago

Watch out for these five common Bitcoin scams

Purchasing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on your own comes with risk.  Here are the five most common cryptocurrency scams reported by customers of Bitcoin Wallet Recovery Services: 1: Fake mining contracts: “mining contracts” which offer fantastic payouts, such as doubling your money in 10 hours (see screenshot below).  After sending the “mining company”

By David Veksler, ago

Introduction to Bitcoin Custody Options

Storing Bitcoin should be simple. A Bitcoin wallet can be generated from a list of 12 or 24 pseudo-random words (the “mnemonic recovery phrase”).  With some wallets, the same words will generate a valid wallet for most existing cryptocurrencies. This word list can be written on paper and placed in a

By David Veksler, ago

What Does It Mean To Own Bitcoin?

Understanding how Bitcoin ownership works requires understanding what it means to “own” a single Bitcoin address. At a practical level, Bitcoin ownership means the ability to send some amount of Bitcoin from one address to another or to cryptographically prove that one has that ability by “signing” a Bitcoin address.

By David Veksler, ago

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

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

By David Veksler, ago