Other Side of Blockchain: How Is the Technology Used Today?

blockchain technology

Today when we hear the word “blockchain” we think about Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. The distributed ledger technology as it exists now first appeared in 2009 together with the first cryptocurrency. Bitcoin, as well as the vast majority of digital currencies are based on blockchain. Probably the only exception is the project and the coin called IOTA that is based on Tangle technology and does not include blockchain. Anyway, it soon became clear that cryptocurrencies are just one possible way to apply the distributed ledger technology. Blockchain is actually a new and advanced way to store and exchange information, and if we stick to such a broad definition it will become clear how big is the potential of these technology.

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  1. What is blockchain technology?
  2. Blockchain and digital currencies
  3. Where is blockchain being applied and what are its prospects?
  4. Conclusion

1. What is blockchain technology?

To put it simply, blockchain is a kind of database, a way of its management. In fact, blockchain comes down to electronic recording of particular information;storage and amendment of this information must be coordinated between independent parties. The method of information storage with the help of blockchain guarantees impossibility of spontaneous information amendments by a user without other users’ concord. Blockchain resembles torrent, both technologies are based on peer to peer principle,where information exchange is carried out directly between equal participants.Every information record is a block. Blocks constitute a chain; so, every other block contains part of information from the previous one. All information of this distributed database stores on  computers of every net user.

2. Blockchain and digital currencies

Nearly all digital currencies are based on the blockchain technology. Cryptocurrency actually exists as a recorded information about transactions just like the real fiat money that we transfer between bank accounts. Digital currencies record, store and change their information using a distributed ledger technology. Many coins are based on the same blockchain. For example such currencies as Namecoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, etc. are based on bitcoin blockchain. Ethereum blockchain was used to deploy more than 500 other cryptocurrencies, including such popular coins as  Binance Coin and OmniseGo. Some leaders of the cryptocurrency market also used to be based on Ethereum blockchain but later developed or at least started developing their own distributed ledger. These are, for instance, EOS – top-5th digital coin by market capitalization, and TRON. However many cryptocurrencies were not satisfied with what bitcoin and Ethereum could offer and designed their own blockchain. These are Ripple, Zcash, NEO, Dash, Monero, Cardano and others.

So, how blockchain is implemented in cryptocurrencies? A block is a special structure where the information about transactions is recorded. Each block contains the information related to the previous one, so they form a single chain where no one can edit the information on their own discretion. The whole information about what has happened in a decentralized database is recorded into the blocks. Each block includes a header and a list of transactions. Blocks are formed by miners that carry out calculations necessary to find hash. The main function of the distributed ledger is that it ensures cryptographically secured and decentralized storage of the information about transactions.

3. Where is blockchain being applied and what are its prospects?

Blockchain technology is quite cross-functional, because it provides us with the new method of information storage and exchange. In all areas where it is applied, blockchain functions as a universal database that almost cannot be hacked or amended without sanction. However, anyone who has the right can get access to the information. A great interest to blockchain comes from the finance sector.  Traditional banks and fintech startups pay their attention to distributed solutions that blockchain suggests.

Governments treat cryptocurrencies rather negative, but at the same time they realize blockchain potential. Some countries, like Sweden or Arab Emirates, plan switch their register of properties to blockchain.  Estonia develops mechanisms for blockchain-voting at shareholders meetings. Besides,there is e-Residency platform in the country — electronic identification system based on blockchain.

The world’s largest humanitarian organization called World Food Programme uses blockchain to provide refugees with food via existing shops and retail chains instead of directly distributing food or money to buy some.   

Smart contract technology that is realized on Ethereum blockchain is not restricted only to cryptocurrency transactions processing. It is a kind of new method of contractual arrangements where there is no need for lawyers,banks or other mediators.

Today blockchain is already being used for creating distributed cloud storages, where users’ data (including personal data) will be protected by cryptographic means.

4. Conclusion

Anyway, blockchain is definitely an important technology that is likely to increase its impact in the near future. World Economic Forum describes blockchain as a fundamentally new form of computer architecture that brings the opportunities that could be compared to those brought by the development of the Internet in 1990s and smartphones in 2000s. The potential of distributed ledger is obvious for businesses and even state authorities and many of them started applying the technology in a number of areas.

Blockchain appeared 10 years ago, which is actually quite a long time given the speed of scientific and technical progress. However, we can state that the real potential of the technology is being discovered today. Blockchain is actually a new useful way of storing and transferring information, while in the modern society it is perhaps the most important asset.

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A Major Japanese Bank Is Developing a Blockchain-Based Payment Network Due in 2020

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is on the most prominent financial institutions in Japan, moreover, it is the world’s fifth largest bank in the world. Located in Tokyo, MUFG has branches in 50 countries all over the globe and over 150 thousand employees.

The financial group provides services in the various fields like leasing, asset management, commercial banking, credit cards, securities and others. It also constantly collaborates with the largest banking establishments in America, Europe and Asia.

MUFG and blockchain

Following the example of its competitors and partners, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group decided to involve innovative technologies in order to upgrade and advance its payment systems.

According to the official press release of the bank, it is partnering up with the Massachusetts-based company Akamai Technologies, which is a leading provider of content delivery and site accelerating services.

MUFG and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (“Akamai”) announced today that they have agreed to strengthen their strategic alliance towards the full-scale launch of a new payment network business and establishment of a joint venture, Global Open Network, Inc.,” is mentioned in the press release.

The main purpose of the collaboration, the development of a blockchain network for payments, is planned to be launched in 2020.

As stated by the bank representatives, they want to experiment with “diverse payment schemes” which will allow to expand their range of services.

We remind you that another global financial establishment, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, is also working on implementing cutting-edge technologies and launched a financial management app.

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Report: Blockchain Investments Cannot Overcome Fintech Funding

European blockchain companies set a record in 2018, however, they are unable to overcome funding that comes to financial technology companies.

Blockchain boom in 2018

At the end of 2017, the rate of Bitcoin skyrocketed to incredible price of $19,000. As the first cryptocurrency began gaining popularity, people started to wonder about the technology that stayed behind. After that people understood that blockchain can be used not only in crypto, but also in other spheres of life.

Some companies began to create their own blockchain and implement it into financial sector, political sector, etc. For example, Western Union supports cryptocurrency and blockchain, and it seeks the ways of their implementation; LG Uplus released a blockchain cross-border payment system.

After the cryptocurrency prices collapsed, the blockchain technology remains to be quite popular topic on different IT conferences and summits.

Blockchain investments cannot overcome fintech funding

According to Innovate Finance’s ‘2018 FinTech VC Investment Landscape‘ report, blockchain and cryptocurrency industry in Europe has witnessed a series of significant deals, but notably just four deals amounted to over $300 million. These deals include such projects, as Paxos (Bankchain), Dfinity, SEBA Crypto, Bitfury. They raised from $65 million to $103 million in different periods of the year.

Analysis shows that fintech companies are much more popular among investors than blockchain. European challenger banks Revolut and N26 alone raised $461 million across 7 deals. They closely followed by personal finance and wealth management ($333.61 million), and alternative lending and finance ($306.64 million) industries.

Fintech’s big picture

If we take the investments of all financial companies all over the world, we will see that they raised $36.6 billion from venture capital investors.

The leader in fintech investments is China, Chinese company Ant Financial set a record for  both fintech and venture capital, raising $14 billion. In overall, China led with $18.9 billion invested across 90 deals.

Next place is taken by the United States; it has raised $10.6 billion across 1,042 deals. The United Kingdom followed on in third place with $1.7 billion invested across 261 deals.

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How To Read Trading Charts

Cryptocurrency exchanges work on the same principle as traditional exchanges. Potentially, it is possible to earn very good money on these platforms, but for this, it is needed to be able to correctly read the cryptocurrency coin chart. Of course, in order to become a professional trader, it needs to learn and practice a lot, but if your goal is to understand the basics, this article will be an excellent starting point in the exciting world of trading for you.

There are a huge variety of different charts, but the most common is the “Candlestick chart”. The chart is a much more informative tool than digital or text analysis. Using graphics, it is possible to quickly navigate and understand the current mood of the crowd, as well as the balance of power between sellers and buyers of a particular asset. Based on the obtained data, it is possible to calculate the potential profitability or unprofitability of a particular deal.

1. The main types of stock charts

As it was mentioned above, there are a huge number of different types of charts, but the main ones are lines, bars, and candlesticks. All of these tools (with the exception of the line charts) can tell about:

  • price at the beginning of the selected period (1 minute, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, etc.);
  • price at the end of the selected period;
  • the minimum and maximum rate of the selected period.

By and large, the crypto chart clearly shows the history of the struggle between bulls and bears. In the process of this confrontation, a large number of deals are made. It should be understood that even a slight fluctuation of the price means that some have already earned on it, while others, on the contrary, have suffered losses.

2. “Candlestick chart”

Let’s take a closer look at the most common version of charts, namely “Candlestick chart”. It was invented almost 400 years ago by a rice seller from the country of the Rising Sun. The process of observing a line chart is not entirely convenient; for this reason, the construction of “Candlestick chart” is based on the principle of dividing the total time into specific periods. This principle helps to quickly navigate what is happening on the market and, accordingly, to give the Bitcoin trend prediction or any other financial asset forecast.

3. How to read the chart “Candlestick chart”?

One candle represents the range of prices for an asset for a certain period of time. The boundaries of the candle are the lowest and highest asset price in this period of time. If the candle`s color is green, this means that the asset has increased in value over a given period of time; if it is red, then, on the contrary, it has fallen.

Source: https://www.tradingview.com/

If you look closely at the above chart, you will notice:

  • the candle corresponds to the time interval – 60 minutes;
  • the minimum asset price was $3485,24;
  • the maximum asset price was $3733.58;
  • This hour began with a price of $3506,42 and ended with the price of $3687 (for this reason, the candle is green).

The main parameters that should be paid attention to when reading cryptocurrency charts are:

  • asset price;
  • time;
  • trading volume.

By and large, the entire analysis of charts is an ordinary calculation of the balance between supply and demand. It is possible to estimate the level of the strength of bulls or bears through the asset price (vertical axis) and the volume of transactions (horizontal axis). These skills allow experienced traders to take the right position in advance and earn money on any price movement.

4. Conclusion

In this article, we talked about how to read cryptocurrency charts. As it was mentioned above, there are a huge number of different types of charts, but the most popular and often used is the option “Candlestick chart”. The basic principle of this type of charts is to divide the time into certain periods. It is quite informative and easy to read. If you want to start trading, then you definitely need to get a deeper understanding of this topic.

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The Story About True “Iron Man” Who Conquered Space

Genius, billionaire, philanthropist, engineer, inventor and investor, a man whose name has been very popular in recent years. The man drove by a dream, a dreamer who wants to conquer the space and bring technology to an absolutely new unprecedented level. As you may have guessed, this is Elon Reeve Musk. In this article, we will talk about how the man who was born in the poor city of Pretoria which is in the Republic of South Africa, has risen on the top of technological progress.

1. Early years

As we said above, everything began in South Africa, in the city of Pretoria. The father of the future genius was a successful businessman and was able to give his 10-year-old son a computer Commodore VIC-20, on which little Elon learned to program. The first deal in Musk`s life happened when he was 12 years old: he sold his first video game “Blast star” for 500 dollars. This game was a rethinking of the well-known game “Space in Waders”. The teenager invested the raised money in shares of a pharmaceutical company, the development of which was closely followed by his father. When he was 17 years old, Musk sold these shares to leave his hometown for studying in Canada. It should be noted that Elon’s parents were against such a decision, but the young Musk insisted on his own and left his homeland and flew to North America.

2. The first companies and PayPal

In Canada, Musk settled at relatives,  soon he applied to Stanford, but never finished it. In 1996, Elon together with his brother created his own company Zip2, which developed software for news companies. After just three years, in 1999, Compaq bought Zip2 for $308 million. Musk’s share of this deal was $22 million. A few months later, Elon became one of the founders of the company X.com, which after the merger with the company Confinity became the world-famous payment system PayPal. It should be noted that Elon himself was against the name of PayPal. This service began to actively develop, mainly it was used to buy various goods at auctions, including the most famous Ebay.com. In October 2002, the company PayPal was bought by eBay, the amount of the deal amounted to $1.5 billion, a record for those times. At the time of the sale, Elon Musk owned 11.7% of the company’s shares, which allowed him to receive $165 million.

3. Road to the stars “SpaceX”

In 2002, Musk founded the company SpaceX, which is a private developer of a series of launch vehicles and a commercial operator of space systems. It should be noted that Musk personally invested in SpaceX $100 million, which he had earned from the sale of his previous companies. Elon Musk set the goal: “to reduce the cost of space flight by 10 times.” It seemed unreal, but it took 6 years for Musk and his engineering team to realize it. In 2008, Nasa signed a contract with SpaceX for $1.6 billion. It is very important to note that Elon Musk not only managed this company, he also dealt with engineering and visual activities. As his partners say, Musk independently studied rocket science and continues his own self-study to this day. Almost all the brilliant ideas implemented in SpaceX came to Elona Musk’s mind.

SpaceX is the only company in the world that uses the first stages of launch vehicles on a reusable basis. The ultimate Musk`s goal is the conquest of the space: a colony on Mars and other space bodies of the Solar System. The first flight to the Red Planet is scheduled for 2024. A huge BFR (big falcon rocket) spacecraft is currently in a process of development.

4. Electrification of the automotive industry “Tesla”

At the same time that SpaceX was developing, Musk started the not less ambitious project – in 2003 Musk founded Tesla Motors, the company that specializes in the production of electric cars. This was a very difficult project since Musk and his team were pioneers in this market. In 2006, the brainchild of Elon launched his first car Tesla Roadster, which is a two-seater supercar. The production of this model was very limited since all the cars were assembled by hand.

Now Tesla company is one of the largest car manufacturers in the United States. The company’s lineup now includes Model S (business class sedan), Model X (roomy crossover), Model 3 (budget sedan), Tesla Semi (truck, mass production will begin at the end of 2019), Tesla Roadster 2 (supercar, mass production will begin in 2020). Also in the project are the Model Y (budget crossover) and Tesla pickup.

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In 2018, the company had problems that were related to the scaling of production capacity of Model 3, but 3 and 4 quarters of 2018 were profitable for the company and Musk promised investors that the worst was over and that in the future the company would only expect growth and prosperity.

5.  Transition to the energy of the sun “Solar City”

In July 2006, Elon Musk`s cousins (with his participation) founded the company Solar City, which specializes in installing solar panels on the roofs of both private houses and public premises. Just a year after the founding of this company, it became the leader in its field of activity in California. Subsequently, Solar City was acquired by Tesla.

6. Underground tunnels “Boring company”

Another problem that Elon Musk decided to fight with was traffic jams. To solve this problem, Elon proposed to build a network of underground tunnels in which cars would move on special platforms, at a speed of 200 km/h. Musk with the company’s engineers are working to improve the drilling rigs in order to cut down the cost of building tunnels by ten times. The most advanced modern boring machines move with a speed that is 7 times less than the speed of movement of an ordinary snail. As Musk joked, the main goal of the company is to outrun the snail. In December 2018, the Boring Company held a presentation of its first test tunnel, which cost the company $10 million, which is several times less than the average market price for a contractor.

7. Conclusion

Elon Musk is very versatile, he has a number of innovative, but less well-known projects:

  • StarLink is a satellite Internet project with coverage of 100% of the globe. The idea is to launch about 12,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit, which will have to give the Internet anywhere in the world. This is a project of SpaceX, which is now actively preparing for its implementation.
  • Hyperloop – a project of a supersonic train. For the first time, this idea was voiced by Elon Musk in 2012, but he said that he would not personally deal with its implementation. Already after a short period of time, there were created two companies which actively began to implement the project.
  • Neuralink is a neurocomputer interface project. To fully describe this idea of Elon Musk, it is needed to write a separate rather long article. But in short words, Neuralink will help connect the human brain directly to the Internet and to the gadgets that surround us. Today it sounds like a fantastic movie script, but some 10 years ago, self-driving electric cars or manned first stages of launch vehicles that land and can fly again, were also unreal. But as we see, all the goals that Elon Musk sets for himself, sooner or later become a reality.

So we can only wish him good luck and watch him changing our world beyond recognition.

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Soft Fork and Hard Fork in Simple Words

Many people do not want to understand the subject of cryptocurrency, because they think it is very difficult, and to understand how everything works, it is necessary to spend a lot of time. Indeed, for an unprepared person, some terms may seem very complicated: blockchain, hard fork, soft fork, etc. Of course, if you want to learn how to code, create algorithms or new cryptocurrencies, then you need to get a profile education, which will take more than one year. But if your goal is a trivial desire to understand the basics, then you will need to read just a couple dozen guides, which, by the way, you can find on our website.

In this material, we will tell you in simple words how hard fork differs from soft fork, and also recall the main Bitcoin hard forks.

1. What is soft fork?

Soft fork is the process of software updating or changing the code of a particular cryptocurrency. When conducting softfork, there is no need for a total replacement of computer software that ensures the operability of the coin network. All innovations that are made during the soft fork have full compatibility with older versions of the network. This means that if the coin creators want to cancel this update, they can do it without any problems.

To make it clear for an ordinary person who does not understand the nuances of the blockchain’s work, let us draw an analogy with the denomination of the ruble of the Russian Federation. In 1998, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation artificially raised the rate of the national currency in 1000 times. But after that, old-style banknotes were still in use for some time. If the Central Bank specialists considered this experiment unsuccessful, they could have easily canceled it and returned the previous exchange rate of the ruble.

Basically, soft fork is conducted because of the need to improve the network, as well as the liquidation of detected errors. During these updates, there is no change in the basic principles of the network.

2. What is hard fork?

Cryptocurrency hard fork is a cardinal change of the blockchain network code, which implies the lack of compatibility with older software. Roughly speaking, in the process of carrying out hard fork, a completely new cryptocurrency is being created, which cannot work with the old version within the same network. After hard fork, an alternative blockchain is created and it works on a completely different principle.

To simplify the process of understanding the above information, let’s also give an analogy from real life. Most people know that the euro currency has now been entered as legal tender in the European Union. Its introduction began in 1999. In the process of development, the euro has stopped to depend on the franc or dychmark and has become an absolutely independent currency.

The main reasons why developers spend cryptocurrency hard fork:

  • implementation of improvements that require major changes;
  • elimination of major bugs;
  • a desire to create a new cryptocurrency based on an already working product.

The main hard fork meaning is to create a separate blockchain, which will have its own miners.

3. The main hard forks of the first cryptocurrency Bitcoin

Hard forks in Bitcoin happen much more often than in any other cryptocurrency. Now let’s talk about the main forks what happened in Bitcoin network lately.

Bitcoin TX. This project is noticeable by only the fact it was the first hard fork in the Bitcoins network. The development team led by Mike Hearn held this hard fork in August 2015. The principal difference between the new project and the original Bitcoin was an increased block size (up to 8Mb). This solution would increase the capacity of the blockchain to 24 transactions per second. For the further development of Bitcoin XT, it had to be supported by ¾ of all the miners of the original Bitcoin network. But in fact, the first hardfork got support of only 12% miners. For this reason, the project was forgotten over time, and its network became incapable.

Bitcoin Classic. The developers of this project took into account the Bitcoin XT errors and decided to smoothly increase the block size: initially increase it to 2 MB, and only after 24 months – double it to 4 MB. It occurred in January 2016. But, unfortunately, this hard fork also failed. The reason was all the same low support from the miners. Officially, the project was closed in November 2017.

Bitcoin Cash. As of today, it is the most successful and popular Bitcoin hard fork. It is the only BTC fork, which not only got, but also stayed for a long time in the list of TOP-10 cryptocurrency projects. It was initiated in August 2017. The main advantages of this project over the original BTC are: increased capacity, low commissions. Subsequently, Bitcoin Cash had its own hard fork (November 15, 2018), which slightly weakened its position, but the project is not forgotten and continues to develop.

4. Conclusion

Briefly and in simple words, hard fork definition is a large-scale update of an existing cryptocurrency, in the process of which a new coin appears. Soft fork can be compared with a planned software update, which does not imply the emergence of a new cryptocurrency.

If to look at the history of Bitcoin hard forks, it appears, that no project has even managed to come close to BTC, so far. At the moment, the only more or less successful project is Bitcoin Cash, but developers need to put much efforts to help their brainchild to compete to its older brother.

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A Detailed Review of the Local Bitcoins Exchange

The first cryptocurrency exchanges appeared relatively recently, 8 years ago. Since then, the digital currency industry has changed a lot. Today, a large number of exchanges, both large (daily trading volumes are estimated at hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars) and smaller regional platforms, are operating successfully. All of them are probably similar, but in this article we will look at Local Bitcoins exchange (from which you can even trade in cash) from different perspectives. In the end of the article we will conclude whether you should pay your attention to it or pass it by.

1. General Information about the Local Bitcoins exchange

The Local Bitcoins site has a fairly solid age (as for the cryptocurrency industry), it began its work back in 2012. The company was registered in Finland.

The main goal of the project developers is to provide the possibility of acquiring cryptocurrencies in those countries where this cannot be done using traditional banking systems. Exchange users have guarantees that their financial assets are outside state control. The platform interface is translated into the following languages:

  • English;
  • Russian;
  • Italian;
  • Chinese;
  • Portuguese;
  • Spanish.

The Local Bitcoins exchange was often discussed in media. People who live in more than 100 different countries around the world have a physical ability to interact with Local Bitcoins. The site supports a huge number of national fiat currencies.

2. The basic principles of the platform

The mechanism of interaction between users is extremely simple. Some users place orders (for sale or purchase), independently indicate the desired exchange rate, payment method, as well as the maximum and minimum value of the transaction deal. Other users have an opportunity to choose the most profitable application and confirm transaction just in one click.

3. Details about registering on Local Bitcoins

The procedure for registering on the Local Bitcoins site is quite simple, absolutely anyone who has ever registered on any simple portal, can handle it. In order to create an account on the Local Bitcoins exchange, you need to have a working email address, and you also have to come up with a more or less complicated password. After filling out application, a confirmation letter will come to your e-mail. And after account is confirmed, a user immediately receives its own Bitcoin wallet, but without a private key.

To increase security, developers recommend to install two-step authentication.

4. How to buy and sell BTC on Local Bitcoins?

Let’s analyze the procedure for buying and selling coins on this platform in details. Let’s divide these processes into 4 stages for conveniece.

How to buy BTC?

  1. You need to log into account and go to the main page. Then it`s necessary to enter the desired amount of BTC, country of residence, method of payment and payment service in the special field. Then the platform will display a list of suitable options, taking into account the specified filters.
  2. Choose the most suitable option from the list. When making a choice, it is very important to consider not only a financial point of view, but also reputation, reviews and number of seller`s transactions.
  3. Before confirming this or that transaction, you need to examine details carefully. If all the conditions are clear, and the seller’s reputation is good, then it’s time to enter desired amount of coins and confirm the request. Then the exchange will freeze the number of coins that are necessary for transaction, and will give time to pay.
  4. After payment occurred, click “I paid”. This will give trader a signal to check the payment, and if everything is ok, then the corresponding amount of BTC will appear on buyer’s wallet after a while. At this point transaction can be considered as completed.

How to sell BTC?

The sale process is almost identical, so it is pointless to describe it in details step by step. It is very important not to transfer BTC to a buyer until he or she has paid for the transaction by fiat. The fact is that after coins are credited, the buyer may suddenly reject the transaction, and since the transactions in the blockchain are irreversible, the seller risks to remain without coins and without fiat.

5. Exchange Commission

It is worth mentioning that the exchange does not handle transactions that occur in fiat. The process of transferring national currencies occurs without participation of the exchange, that is, directly between users. For this reason, no additional fees are charged by Local Bitcoins for such transactions. Local Bitcoins takes a commission only from the sellers, it is only 1% of each transaction.

6. Security and support

Work safety is achieved by a successfully implemented rating system. That is, new users cannot place orders for large sums. To expand your limit on Local Bitcoins, you should first conduct several successful transactions. After each transaction, the parties can exchange assessments and leave mutual feedback about each other. These assessments will continue to serve as an indicator of user`s integrity.

The exchange creators recommend to choose traders who have special green indicators, which tells about the following:

  • presence of a sufficient number of positive reviews;
  • long-term cooperation with the service;
  • possibility of payment using a variety of payment services;
  • availability of constant sufficient trading volume.

To increase the level of security, developers have implemented two-step authentication and captcha confirmation.

As for the support, it does not work perfectly. Sometimes it takes 3 days to get an answer on some questions. But it should be noted that the support service responds to absolutely all requests.

7. Main advantages and disadvantages

Advantages:

  • The possibility of buying and selling cryptocurrency for cash. This feature favorably distinguishes Local Bitcoins among other exchanges. Of course, cash trades are more developed in million-persons cities, but similar offers can be found also in smaller towns since recently.
  • The ability to pay by variety of payment services. For those users, who prefer to trade online, there is a big choice of various services.
  • Impressive trading volumes.
  • Generous referral program, according to which you can earn 20% of income from each user brought over.
  • The ability to interact with the service through VPN. This can be useful for residents of those countries where Local Bitcoins is officially blocked, as, for example, in the Russian Federation.

Disadvantages

  • No mobile apps. Working through a smartphone browser is not the most convenient way to interact with the service.
  • The lack of support for altcoins, that is why cryptocurrency exchange is not possible yet.

8. Conclusion

Local Bitcoins is a unique service which allows people from different countries to acquire BTC, bypassing government regulation. The exchange has been successfully operating during six years, and has reached an impressive trading volume. The Local Bitcoins interface is pretty simple and clear. The service can definitely be used not only by beginners, but also by experienced traders.

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