The Instruction for Creating and Review of Blockchain Wallet

Nowadays there are a lot of different solutions for storing digital coins. Each of them has pros and cons. In this article we will speak about Blockchain Wallet one of the most important of them, and will make conclusions, whether it’s worth your attention or you should choose another solution.

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  1.   What is Blockchain Wallet?
  2.   The procedure of setting up a wallet
  3.   The level of safety
  4.   The cons of Blockchain Wallet
  5.   Conclusion 

1. What is Blockchain Wallet?

Blockchain Wallet is a web wallet for storing two most popular coins: Bitcoin and Ethereum. If desired, it is possible to install an app for iOs and Android, only the web version is fully functional.

It’s the most popular cryptocurrency wallet in the world, as of the time of writing of this article (the middle of October, 2018), more than 25 million accounts have been already registered. It’s different due to clear interface, and the high level of safety. Certainly, these factors are attractive for new users.

The peculiarities of Blockchain Wallet

  • The service cooperates with a lot of cryptocurrency exchanges, that’s why there is a possibility to buy and exchange coins from interface wallet.
  • It is an opportunity to edit commission for making transactions.
  • The high degree of safety of the online wallet. There is a special “safe centre”, where safety measures are taken (installing phone’s confirmation, making backup, changing password, etc).

2.  The procedure of setting up a wallet

For creation of a new Blockchain wallet you need a valid email and two minutes of free time.

  • First click https://www.blockchain.com/wallet and press “Create your own wallet”.
  • Write your mail and think of and remember a password (and a password hint) and just follow instructions.
  • After login, press the button “The inquire”
  • Point what currency you are interested in: BTC or ETH.
  • After choosing your own wallet, indicator will be generated, which will represent a great amount of numbers and letters without gaps.

A wallet supports two coins, it’s important to be attentive and send BTC on bitcoin  and ETH on ethereum wallets. Since it is impossible to cancel a transaction in blockchain, sending coins on wrong wallet leads to losing money.

3. The level of safety

The safety is a very important factor which it is necessary to pay attention to when choosing. Blockchain Wallet can offer three levels of safety.

  1. Initial. It requires the confirmation through mail, where the wallet will send confirmation codes for making transaction or log in. If it discovers any suspicious activity, the service will inform you with a letter. The initial safety level implies pass-phrase which makes it possible to recover the password. If you lose or forget the password from your wallet, you will recover it only with a help of pass-phrase. Without a passphrase even customer support specialists can’t help you, because they don’t have such possibility.
  2.  Middle. It requires two-factor authentication through mobile phone. At every new attempt to log in the service will send a confirmation code on your mobile phone.
  3. Maximal. It is an installation of an additional protection from log in users which use a special anonymizer Tor. It is often used by hackers to get anonymity.

Don’t forget that Blockchain Wallet is a web-wallet, so that we can’t speak about full protection. Since private keys of the wallet are kept on companies’ services, theoretically they can be stolen and all money can be stolen too. A probability of it isn’t so great, but anyway it isn’t a good idea to store all money on this wallet.

4. The cons of Blockchain Wallet

  • There aren’t so many weaknesses in this product, but they are worth mentioning.
  • As it was said below, online wallets aren’t as safe as hardware, which are more suitable for a long term assets saving.
  • Only BTC and ETH are supported
  • The procedure of verification may seem a little bit difficult for new users but it’s only the first impression.

5.  Conclusion

Nowadays Blockchain Wallet is the most popular in the world for storing cryptocurrency. The interface of this service is very convenient and clear even for inexperienced users. As for a web solution, the service has a high safety level. Blockchain Wallet is an ideal solution for storing and transferring cryptocurrency assets.

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Crypto Doomsday: Ripple Conquers ETH, While Its Taking Last Breath

The crypto industry is currently suffering one of the largest downtrends in a very long period of time. Cryptocurrencies are not just falling in price, they are absolutely and totally collapsing.


What catches your attention, besides the fact that all coins are in the deep red zone? Yes, you are right, the 2nd place after Bitcoin, which has always been occupied by Ethereum, now belongs to Ripple. XRP only lost 2.89%, whereas Ethereum plummeted by almost 15%.

Though XRP did outrun ETH before, the previous time it was not a convincing victory, since the things quickly went back to normal. This time, however, many crypto specialists believe that XRP might be here to stay.

Actually, this is not the first recent change in the rating of top digital coins. We remind you:

Stellar Has Outrun EOS and Became the 5th Top Cryptocurrency

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The Forecast of Bloomberg Analysts: Bitcoin Rate Will Drop to $1 500

Bloomberg Intelligence analysts claim, that at the moment Bitcoin has not yet established the final anti-record, but only “continue to fall”.
According to their forecasts, the rate is expected to fall to $1 500, which is 70% less than the current rate – $5 140 (at this point).

As one of the reasons for the fall of the course, the  publication notes the hard fork Bitcoin Cash network. After it the largest scale collapse of the cryptocurrency rate occurred, which was the beginning of the “boring life for Bitcoin” and inspired several industry experts to make forecasts.

Travis Kling, founder of the hedge fund Ikigai, made an assumption, that in the future BCH hard fork will no longer affect the market:  

“There’s a small chance that, it’s difficult to estimate, that something really bad could happen related to Bitcoin Cash that could then impact the entire crypto market.”

Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Mike McGlone gave a forecast for two versions of Bitcoin Cash, namely that because of them the investments of depositors and miners will continue to provoke a way out of rates to increase and further decline in market quotations.

The president and the main investment specialist of Creative Planning, Peter Mallouk, drew the attention of the crypto community to the financial result of the III quarter of  the GPU manufacturer – NVIDIA. Mining products of the company are losing its relevance, which is according to the analysts, signals about the deterioration of the whole cryptocurrency market in general.     


“The drop in the stock price of Nvidia is reflective of a future where cryptocurrency fueled demand has cratered,” said Peter Mallouk, president and co-chief investment officer of Creative Planning, in an email. “While this is, of course, bad news for NVIDIA, it is really the canary in the coal mine for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.”

We want to remind you, that the founder of Fundstrat Global Advisor, Tom Lee, is optimistic about the future of the world’s first cryptocurrency. At the beginning of the year, he made a prediction, in which Bitcoin will reach the $25 000 by December. However, in July Tom made an adjustments , changing the estimate rate by $22 000. Early in November, the forecast was changed again to $15 000. Eventually,  BTC should grow by more than 170% in a short term.

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The Stablecoins: What Is It and Why Is It So Popular Now?

Cryptocurrencies and increased volatility are almost synonymous. The digital coins market can easily fall or grow up in price by 10% -15% in a day. But along with unstable coins in the industry there are also so-called stablecoins, which will be discussed in this article.

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1. What is the stablecoins?

2. The list of the most famous stablecoins

3. Advantages and disadvantages

4. Further prospects

5. Conclusion

1. What is the stablecoins?

The main idea of ​​cryptocurrencies is creation of the absolutely decentralized payment instrument, which will not have any relations with usual valuable assets. But at this stage of cryptocurrencies development it is not possible to completely abandon fiat yet. In any case, currency of digital coins is counted in dollars, euros and other fiat currencies for convenience.

In order to popularize cryptocurrencies, it is necessary to create a bridge between traditional and digital financial sectors. Therefore, in 2015, for the first time, the best qualities of cryptocurrency and fiat money were combined, and so the stablecoins appeared.

The first stable cryptocurrency was Tether, it is still the most popular stable digital coin. Tether is backed up by the US dollar. This coin takes 8th place in the global Coinmarketcap rating , with total capitalization almost $2.5 billion.

But it is worth noting, that there are already enough of such stablecoins on the market. Each of them is reinforced by a certain physical asset:

  • other fiat currencies (the euro, the pound, the yen, etc.);
  • the gold and other precious metals;
  • the minerals;
  • the property;
  • etc.

It is only beginning, since it is already obvious that a digital coin can be pegged to absolutely any physical product. Thus, it is possible to maximally protect assets from cryptocurrency volatility, and at the same time to enjoy all the benefits of decentralization.

2. The list of the most famous stablecoins

So, as it was mentioned before, the very first stable USD Coin was Tether. Its rate is backed up 1:1 to the US dollar. This project was started in 2015. Literally a year later, its euro equivalent  EURT was represented to wide audience. After some time, the Japanese yen cryptocurrency appeared. As many analysts had suggested, these two coins were not widely spread.

At the beginning of  2016, DigixDAO coin was started, its rate was pegged to the gold: 1 token equals the cost of 1 gram of gold. It should be noted, that there were quite many projects, which tried to peg their coins to the gold (OneGram, GoldMint, HelloGold, AutumCoin, etc.). The silver was not forgotten either (EthereumLink, Silvercoin, Silver Back Coin, etc.). In Israel, the group of developers released stablecoin Carat, the currency of which, as the name implies, was pegged to the diamonds.

As you might have guessed, there is a huge amount of coins on the market, which are somehow backed up by physical assets, but let’s take a closer look at two more sensational dollar projects.

Gemini Dollar is the world’s first regulated stable digital coin, which is pegged to the US dollar. This project is still too young and it is not clear how it will show itself in future. Now the coin took a 1723th place in the global Coinmarketcap rating.

TrustToken is another project whose developers want to connect real and digital economy. They themselves estimate it in 256 trillion dollars. Within of this platform, the TrueUSD token was issued, it`s rate was pegged to the US dollar. Soon the developers promise to release tokens, which will be pegged to other popular fiat currencies. On the one hand, this project has many advantages (ability to implement blockchain into real sectors of economy, introduction of smart contracts, strong team), and on the other hand, there are many disadvantages (lack of roadmap, centralization, possible vulnerabilities of smart contracts, etc. ).

3. Advantages and disadvantages

First of all, let`s list the main advantages of stablecoins, there are quite a lot of them:

  • Holders of such coins can use all benefits of the digital economy, and at the same time be relatively calm about their capital`s safety. As a rule, cryptocurrency exchanges do not work with fiat currencies. And with stablecoins help it is possible to operate with dollar (or any other currency) right on an exchange. It substantially simplifies a digital coins trading process.
  • Thus people, who have no confidence in banks, can secure their capital without contact with traditional financial structures.
  • Stablecoins can be effectively used in trade and business, because their price does not change with time. A seller can safely accept $1,000 in coin equivalent, since its value will not fall down, even in conditions of market fluctuations.

Unfortunately, stablecoins are not without flaws, and now let’s take a closer look at them:

  • Such coins are absolutely useless as an investment asset. After all, 1,000 coins purchased for 1,000 dollars today, will cost the same 1,000 dollars in a few years (and it is, at best, if the project does not close).
  • Pegging to the value of a particular physical product does not protect against fluctuation of the asset itself.
  • There is a risk of freezing company’s reserve accounts, which will lead to impossibility of fulfilling debt obligations to tokens holders.
  • Stablecoins can be stolen at once in two ways (digital and physical).
  • Storing of a physical asset entails additional expenses, which often fall on its owner’s shoulders.

4. Future prospects

Because of several factors, today stablecoins are only a good concept, which is still far from widespread use. To a large extent, this direction has good prospects in future. Financial transactions which will be made through stable cryptocurrencies, will be able to bring the real economy to a qualitatively new level. With their help, bureaucratic procedures can be avoided, and due to smart contract technology, it will be possible to do without intermediaries.

5. Conclusion

The stablecoins are digital coins, whose currency is not exposed to increased volatility, because it is pegged to the value of a certain physical asset. With such coins it is possible to connect real and digital economy. But at this point, stablecoins have a number of problems which need to be solved, only after that it will be possible to talk about their widespread use.

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Bitcoin Cash: Overview, Advantages and Disadvantages, Details of The Hard Forks

In this article we will talk about the most famous bitcoin`s hard fork – the Bitcoin Cash: it`s advantages and disadvantages, forecast for the future, as well as the hard fork, which will happen on November 15, 2018.

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  1. Briefly about the Bitcoin Cash and comparison with Bitcoin
  2. Disadvantages of Bitcoin Cash
  3. Briefly about the hard fork Bitcoin Cash
  4. Conclusion

1. Briefly about Bitcoin Cash and comparison with Bitcoin

The main popularizer of the “new” coin is Roger Ver. He is quite famous person in crypto world. He was one of the first cryptocurrency investors. Due to increased attention to this industry, he became known as Bitcoin Jesus. But later, Ver decided to actively promote the hard fork (a branch) of the first cryptocurrency – the Bitcoin Cash. The network split occurred on August 1, 2017.

What is the difference between the BTC and the BCH?

  • Increasing of transaction`s speed in several times. The main feature of the new coin is an increased block`s size to 8 MB. On May 15, 2018, developers released the update, after which the block`s size increased to 32 MB. This solution made it possible to record much more transactions in one block, and thereby to increase network bandwidth.
  • Low commissions. Bitcoin Cash has very small commissions $0,05 – $0,010, which is significantly lower than that of the “older brother” $8 – $15.
  • With the current network load, a queue of unconfirmed transactions does not exceed 200 – 250, whereas with the original Bitcoin, this number can reach 7,000 – 10,000.

2. Disadvantages of Bitcoin Cash

Significant disadvantage of this fork is the automatic adjustment of the network`s computing complexity. Unfortunately, it has direct dependence on the speed of extraction of new data. That is, if for a certain amount of time miners get an insufficient number of blocks, then complexity decreases. This pattern works in both directions.

Miners started to use this vulnerability and got BCH in periods of complexity recession, and when the situation changed, they turned to BTC. Such actions led to the network`s destabilization and increased volatility of the BCH rate. This problem has not been solved till this day, but the development team manages to restrain it.

Cryptocurrency investors do not consider Bitcoin Cash as a long-term asset yet. This coin is more used as a speculative tool. For this reason, at the moment BCH has rather vague and uncertain future.

3. Briefly about the hard fork Bitcoin Cash

The hard fork of Bitcoin Cash was on November 15, 2018. After this event, the network received two incompatible consensus protocols BCHABC и BCHSV. The community of coin divided into two parts: on the one hand Roger Ver, and on the other Craig Wright. The outbreak of the conflict is considered to be Bitcoin ABC update, which began to support smart contracts and atomic swaps. In response to this update, Craig Wright offered the community his vision for the future development of the project. He proposed to increase the block`s size up to 128 MB. Such decision was not supported by Roger Ver and his part of miners. Because of this, another coin will now appear in the cryptocurrency world.

This is very good news for BCH holders. The matter is that after hard fork, investors received the same amount of coins of the new network, which complies with their BCH`s balance.

Against this background, the Bitcoin Cash rate grew up by almost 50% only for the first week of November.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

This growth was artificial, therefore, we observed the same rapid rollback before the hard fork.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

4. Conclusion

Bitcoin Cash is a project with rather big ambitions, ultimate goal of which is to push the original Bitcoin from the first place. In fact, BCH has fewer problems with scaling, and also can boast of low transaction commissions. But on the other hand, there is conflict between developers, still unsolved problem of automatic control of complexity, as well as increased volatility. Now it is hard to make long-term forecasts for Bitcoin Cash, as it is not clear yet, which of two networks will be more stable.

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Three Hellish Days for Cryptocurrency: Reasons of The Fall of The Currency and What To Do Next?

The current condition of the cryptocurrency market raises a number of question from traders. For the third day, the industry is either trying to revive Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, or just watching the collapse of the course.

The question of what caused the collapse of the market and what should do those who still have cryptocurrency  – makes world crazy. That is why, The Coin Shark have found answers for all of these questions and analysed per minute history of the fall of currency of Bitcoin.

The Chronology of the fall from 14th to 16th November

Wednesday, November,14 , Bitcoin break another 2018 bottom.  According to data of CoinMarketCap, at 11:34 UTC the rate of the first cryptocurrency behaved stably, being at $6 365.

Nothing foretold troubles, but at 17:19 UTC began unexpected fall, which last till the 19:19 UTC, where the price of BTC remained in half-dead condition at $5 765. Therefore, the capitalisation of the marked fell to $102 billion.

After that, Bitcoin started to resist. In 20:04 UTC the currency show vital signs, increased to $5 858. But still, the end of 14th November was not a happy ending. In 22:48 UTC was settled a new record – $5 568.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

If compare the data with an individual market, then on a Bitstamp the price of the BTC has already dropped to $5 534, and on the Kraken – $5 510. Last two weeks, Bitfinex exchange trade Bitcoin more than $6 000 per each unit.

It turned out, that the 14th of November was still far from the end of BTC fall. According to CoinMarketCap, Thursday, November, 15, at 17:04 UTC, Bitcoin shocked everybody with the course of $5 358. On Bitstamp the first cryptocurrency down to $5 446, and on the Bitfinex – $5 638. At this point, this is the lowest course from the end of October, 2017.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

The condition of the cryptocurrency market for the last year is unstable. It is accompanied by unexpectable highs, as well as painful falls. But not only Bitcoin drop it’s price position on 14th of November. Together with it, into a deep red zone came the major part of other cryptocurrencies. In doing so, the total capitalisation fell by $190 billion.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

At the writing of this article, 16th of November, the condition of the cryptocurrency market is still in critical position – the course of Bitcoin stood at $5 500, and Ethereum backed down the second place in capitalisation Ripple.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

What caused the collapse?

Just think about it, less than 24 hours ago, it was possible to sell the BTC on a thousand dollar higher. Probably, it is impossible to define why “the foundation was cracked” under the cryptocurrency, as for the example it can be done in a regular market. In the digital, the effect is first  seen and only than the reason becomes known.

Reason #1: Contagious effect

On the basis of past, the cause of the fall have psychological nature.
For example, people are massively starting to buy cryptocurrencies or fanatically selling.

Reason #2 : Direct correlation

Each financial currency  pegged to its government, as for the example dollar – to the US economy. Cryptocurrency pegged with the people, which are both buying or selling it.

Reason #3: Global Bitcoin influence

Ironically, but there is a theory, that the general condition of the cryptocurrency is affected by Bitcoin. The value of all digital market is estimated in $182 billion, the $90 billion of which belongs to BTC. The majority of cryptocurrencies  should be transferred especially in Bitcoin, before the sale.
And now imagine, that selling of Bitcoin will start simultaneously several major players of the market. After this, the BTC prices are lowering, and this cause  the panic attacks more than ones: “ Buy everything and as quickly as possible, while the price is low!” – this makes the course to grow.

What should do the owners of cryptocurrency: sell or wait?

It depends on the inner aspects of each owner. Even when the course is rising – it still have cycles of fall.

Who and how will affect the collapse of rate?  

Cryptocurrency is the unstable tool. It’s system decentralised and doesn’t have the management center. Digital currency should strengthen the positions, so it can give the accurate forecast for the future. But, it appeared, that this fall will have no affect on ordinary users.

There is no denying, that in a consequence many crypto-business will close. Cryptocurrency exchange are in the minimum risk area, as in such cases the number of transaction increases.

Most of all, miners and the owners of the mining field will suffer the most. Since, the profitability depends on the price of extracted cryptocurrency. Within recent events, it is clear that mining is unprofitable occupation.

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Crypto Wars: Jihan Wu vs Craig Wright, Who Gets McAfee’s Support?

The infamous hard fork of Bitcoin Cash has created some tension between the major crypto personalities in the industry. It is especially the case with the supporters of the two different BCH protocols.

One of the main “fights” has started between the CEO of Bitmain Jihan Wu and a computer scientist Craig Wright, who have repeatedly gone at each other on the social media, claiming that their vision of Bitcoin’s future is correct. Later on, the “war” was joined by John McAfee who supported Jihan Wu.

Craig Wright did not take long to respond.

Hopefully, the conflict will be settled peacefully, because the crypto industry needs all of the abovementioned people to function properly and develop.

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