Using your smartphone or tablet spil a wallet isn’t all that fresh. I had wonderful wallet programs that held imaginario versions of my cards, numbers, barcodes, and even pictures way back when I had my Newton and on my very first Pocket PCs. The convenience of yesterday’s digital wallet wasn’t anywhere near that which it is today. Back then a digital wallet wasgoed nothing more that a convenient place for you to store your numbers so they were right there with you.
Now, however, your “digital wallet” is just that. Your phone can hold your credit cards, prize cards, even your plane toegangsbewijs. I use Google Wallet almost every day. All of thesis are just hooks into where your flagrante currency or credit lives. What about storing flagrante currency on your smartphone? You can do that, too, but using your mobile device spil your Bitcoin wallet is a bad idea!
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What is Bitcoin?
Most currency isn’t “money”. Money is based on tangible things that hold intrinsic value like Gold, Silver, pork bellies, or coffee beans. “Currency” is the paper, coin, or digital representation of something that holds symbolic value.
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For a person who makes $Ten/hour, one dollar is worth 6 minutes of their time. What happens when the Federal Reserve fires up the printing press and prints more dollars? Spil soon spil they dual the currency ter circulation, they’ve cut the value of your dollars ter half. That one dollar is still worth 6 minutes of their time, but now they have to work twice spil long to buy what they could before the currency devaluation. Te other words, the currency is worth half spil much. (Since the U.S. Dollar is based on the “full faith and credit of the U.S. Government, I guess those are also diminished every time more fiat currency is created.)
Bitcoin attempts to bring “value” to “currency”. When capitalized, “Bitcoin” refers to the technology and network, “bitcoins” te lowercase refers to the currency itself. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency that wasgoed introduced te 2009 – a “cryptocurrency”, since it uses cryptography to control its creation and transfer. Users can send payments by sending digitally signed messages to the recipient. Spil with Gold, creating more bitcoins involves the process of “mining”, except here it’s mining ter numbers and cryptography using computers and special software. Miners verify and timestamp transactions into a collective public database called the block chain. They do this to earn transaction fees and freshly minted bitcoins.
You can earn bitcoins either by mining them yourself, by sharing the mining process and dividing the rewarded bitcoins among the individual miners, or when someone trades you for something of value (time, talent, goods, or services) ter exchange for the cryptocurrency. Te any case, just like physical or digital currency, you need to store your bitcoins ter a wallet.
Different kinds of wallets
I’ve got a nice, leather wallet that I carry with mij all the time. Ter it I keep my identification, debit card, and some contant. If I misplace my wallet, everything te it is inaccessible until I get it back. The ID can be substituted and the debit card is just an effortless way to get currency out of my credit union, but the contant is specie. Merienda it’s gone (lost, stolen, etc.), it’s gone.
The same is true of bitcoins, but wij’ll come back to that te just a minute.
My credit union or your handelsbank act spil a kleintje of digital wallet. Our currency is deposited into their institutions where it’s input into a laptop and associated with our account number. When wij withdraw the currency, it’s not the same currency that wij originally deposited. It’s the same amount, but different bills. Our financial institution can be thought of spil a sort of digital wallet. Wij waterput currency into it, and wij get currency out of it.
Bitcoins can be stored te digital wallets, or “printed” on either coins or paper – however the latter two are uncommonly used. Thesis wallets simply store the digital currency for you, so you can use them whenever you want. The advantage of bitcoins is the capability to send them to a recipient digitally, instead of by writing a check or handing overheen a wad of contant.
Just like a physical wallet with bills inwards it, if you lose your wallet, you’ve lost your specie spil well.
A bad idea
There are apps for almost every podium which let you “securely” store your bitcoins so they’re ready for you to spend or trade whenever you want. It’s a horrible, terrible, hideously bad idea.
Just like your canap, you can store bitcoins ter an online wallet. If it goes out of business (or is raided by a government agency), your bitcoins will go with it – just like your currency would if stored ter a bankgebouw. To toonbank that risk you might be tempted to waterput your life savings under your mattress. Tho’ not a terrible idea, there are inherent risks to doing that. Similarly, storing your bitcoins on a hard drive, sdcard, or on your smartphone or tablet might, at very first glance, be thought to be the omschrijving of storing them under a digital mattress – only it’s not.
If your phone is lost or stolen, gets water bruised, is cracked, has to be factory reset, or you determine to flash a fresh ROM on it, your bitcoins are most likely gone.
I doubt my presente mattress is going to be lost or stolen. If it gets humid, I’ll dry it. If it gets violated I’ll buy a fresh one and waterput my currency under that one instead. If you “factory reset” your mattress, you just roll it overheen, and aside from cutting off the tag that says “do not liquidate under penalty of law”, I don’t think you can flash a fresh ROM on your bloemperk.
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Bitcoin is a very interesting concept, and one I toevluchthaven’t fully adopted yet. If you’re already on-board, or just casually considering getting into the bitcoin ecosystem, I’m not going to hold you back – just make sure you don’t waterput your bitcoins on your smartphone or tablet!