Introduction :Welcome to Bitcoin For Dummies! But just what is bitcoin? How can there be digital money? Is it, like, some kind of Internet money? Is it something you should even be concerned about, or indeed should you shy away from it? In the news, bitcoin coverage tends to be sketchy. You may have read articles about people losing their money, or using bitcoin for illicit purchases on the black market. Or you may have read amazing success stories of people and businesses flourishing by using it. Fear not, dear readers. This book strips away the mystery and gets down to the facts. It patiently explains exactly what bitcoin is, discusses some of the possibilities this wonderfully disruptive yet inspirational technology holds, and lays out some of the potential benefits for all of us. Bitcoin could change our lives in a similar way that the Internet has done over the last few decades. In short, this book tells you everything you need to know to get started. So what are you waiting for? Let's, um ... get started!
About This BookBitcoin For Dummies tells you a bit about the history of this fasci-nating technology and explores bitcoin as a concept and product. We show you how to open a wallet so that you can safely store your own bitcoins. We even guide you through the process of obtaining some bitcoins. We demonstrate what you may do with those bitcoins and talk about the potential for earning money with them too. We touch upon regulatory and legal frameworks as they currently stand. We detail mining bitcoin and explain how you could become involved in that — and why it may not be worth it. We also prop up the hood and take a good look underneath. We detail how transactions work within the bitcoin environment and delve deep into blockchain technology. We gaze into our crystal ball and speculate on how bitcoin and its blockchain system may develop in the future and how they may change many aspects of our lives. To round things off, we provide you with online resources to keep you up to date and help you become involved with the online community that is actively supporting bitcoin. Come on and join us. We think this will be one heck of a ride!
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