Understanding the Cybersecurity Risk of Bitcoin

Are you interested in purchasing Bitcoin? If so, it’s essential to understand the potential security risks surrounding it. With cybercriminals ramping up their attacks, cryptocurrency will likely be a target.  Here’s what you need to know. Wallets Carry Risks Cryptocurrency enthusiasts use both hot and cold wallets to store their Bitcoin. A hot wallet has an internet connection, which makes it potentially hackable. You might wake up one morning to find your funds depleted by an infiltrator overnight.  A May 2019 cyberattack on a Binance hot wallet led to a…

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Understanding the Difference Between Proof of Work and Proof of Stake

Many have heard of proof of work and proof of stake, but don’t necessarily know the difference. Why does this matter? Because the difference is huge—it’s the difference between competing in a drag race and being elected class president. Different blockchains use different consensus mechanisms to preserve order and keep things running smoothly. Proof of work is the original gangster of consensus, having driven the Bitcoin blockchain (and many others) since 2009. Proof of stake emerged in 2011 as an energy-friendly alternative for accomplishing the same task, and it just…

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