Bitcoin is the first digital currency, created and held electronically. No one controls it. Bitcoins aren’t printed, like dollars or euros – they’re produced by people, and increasingly businesses, running computers all around the world, using software that solves mathematical problems.
Bitcoin can be used to buy things electronically. In that sense, it’s like conventional dollars, euros, or yen, which are also traded digitally. However, Bitcoin’s most important characteristic and the thing that makes it different to conventional money is that it is decentralized. No single institution controls the Bitcoin network. This puts some people at ease because it means that a large bank cannot control their money.
Yes, the only loss of Bitcoin is human error. If you make a mistake in the amount you send to the destination wallet, it’s pretty much all that can go wrong. The wallet addresses are very complex and if there is an error in the destination address, the transaction won’t take place.
You can buy Bitcoins on exchanges or from individuals on sites like www.bitx.co.za, www.altcointrader.co.za, www.ice3x.co.za, www.localbitcoins.com Or you can simply mine Bitcoin.
Well, with paper money a government decides when to print and distribute more money. With Bitcoin there is no central government. Instead, miners use special software to solve math problems (verifying transactions and decrypting blocks of newly released Bitcoin) and are issued a certain number of Bitcoins in exchange.
Yes, it is. With the Bitcoin price that constantly increases in value, the value of the Bitcoin you mine also increases on a daily basis. Bitcoin gained over 270% in value between 2015 and 2016.