In the past few years, digital tokens have been developed to become a common form of payment for goods and services. It is so new that there are no set rules on how it should be used or what laws apply to it. In this article, I will explore how cryptocurrencies work and look at some important implications they have on our society.
Many of us have heard of Bitcoin – a cryptocurrency that was developed in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto. It has since grown popular with people from all over the world who use it as a means of exchange for goods and services online without any need for banks or other financial institutions which can make transactions less costly while also being more efficient than traditional money transfer methods such as checks or credit cards. There are many cryptocurrencies available now and they all have different protocols to verify transactions.
The first thing that comes to mind is that cryptocurrencies are digital currencies which means the money only exists as data online. This may be confusing as we commonly think of money as something physical just like pictures, camera, phones – those things exist but not the way we usually think about them. For example – a picture of a camera on a website won’t make it actually work if you decide to buy it! But in this case, with cryptocurrencies everything is new and there’s no real rulebook how it should be used or what laws apply to them yet.
What are cryptocurrencies and how do they work?
Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin. These are some of the cryptocurrencies that have been introduced to us by developers over the internet for free usage. They do not require registration with personal details or payment of service fee. All you need is an internet connection and there you go, you can start using your cryptocurrency on your own terms! However how does it work?
A cryptocurrency refers to a type of digital currency that works securely through cryptography (a process of converting legible information into an almost uncrackable code) . Cryptography requires only two things: people sharing codes of authorized transactions; and more importantly having computers systems who are able to solve codes of authorized transactions automatically if the first condition is met Transactions are usually done online where users use their wallet to transfer their cryptocurrency from one user to another.
Why should we care about digital tokens?
As opposed to traditional forms of currency, digital tokens are decentralized i.e. they are not controlled by any central authority (like the bank), but through community consensus. This means that digital tokens can be transferred directly between peers without any third party involvement, which in turn means that the fees for transferring them tend to be lower than usual . Moreover, it is also much more secure because if someone tries to transfer money fraudulently, all other users will know thanks to public ledgers and other cryptographical techniques used . Furthermore, cryptocurrency trading is regarded as being transparent because every single transaction ever made has been recorded within a public ledger without compromising user-privacy , this provides an unprecedented level of accountability for authorities which should lead people to have more faith in the system .
Furthermore, cryptocurrency markets are completely open to everyone, if you have internet access and some spare money it will be possible for you to start trading with cryptocurrencies. This is quite different from traditional financial markets where several requirements are needed before being able to invest (e.g., age limit, deposit requirement etc.).
Digital tokens on mobile devices
One of the most important things that need to be taken into account when talking about digital tokens is how they will affect our everyday lives; what impact they might have on us?
One prediction states that more than 80% of internet traffic by 2020 will come from mobile devices , while more than 60% of users will prefer mobile apps instead of mobile website . This means that people are using their smartphones much more often than before, this has boosted the popularity of mobile wallets. Mobile wallets are alternatives to cryptocurrency exchanges where users can store their funds instead of having them stored on exchanges directly. Mobile wallets offer much better security in comparison to exchanges since they only require a password in order to work properly .
On the other hand though, many people tend to forget or lose their passwords which might leave users with no access to their accounts. Moreover, it is important to note that even if you keep your cryptocurrencies in a mobile wallet for whatever reason, there is still a possibility for hackers who have successfully gained access to your phone number being able to transfer all your funds . The best way around this issue would be avoiding keeping a lot of money on your mobile wallet.
Digital tokens, the future looks bright
Current trends indicate that there should be a significant increase in the number of both users and merchants who accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment , this will lead to an increase in the number of people looking to ways to exchange their cryptocurrencies for other types of currency (i.e., fiat).
Nevertheless, one very important thing must be noted : blockchain technology is still relatively new and has not been tested enough for it to be able to provide an indisputable guarantee towards its security at all times . This means that there is room for improvement as well as vulnerability which should be taken into account when deciding whether or not digital tokens are right for you.
In conclusion, the future of digital tokens looks bright. It will be able to provide a lot more convenience for users and has been created in order to offer everyone with secure and fast transactions for an affordable price . Nevertheless, it is still in its early days and must be handled with care in order to avoid any mishaps that might occur.