How to get started mining for Cryptocurrency

How to get started Mining

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Part 1: Do I have to know what I’m doing?

This is the first of a three part blog series designed to help anyone with Crypto mining ambitions to get their first rig set up and underway. By way of general introduction, let me first explain that your ‘rig’ is what all Crypto miners refer to their mining computer set-up as, and by the end of these three blogs you’ll know everything you need to go out and buy / build your own.

While Cryptocurrency mining may at first seem daunting, and I’m sure most people think that Crypto miners must have an absurdly high level of IT and computer skills, but the truth is that it’s far simpler to become a Crypto miner and it is actually absurdly simple to build your mining PC to the required specs.

So the first thing we need to decide together is which of the many Cryptocurrencies out there are we going to be mining for? As an aside here, by the way, the term ‘mining’ isn’t an entirely accurate one. Really, what Crypto miners are doing is calculating the computations that protect the integrity and security of the distributed blockchain ledger that tracks each transaction. In exchange for completing those calculations, the miners are all paid a share of the currency transaction they’ve just verified.

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Back to your first decision: which currency are you going to mine? Bitcoin is the most popular, but is actually the least profitable to mine due to the high cost of the equipment you’ll require to mine it. Bitcoin is now so competitive for mining shares (as in, there’s so many people doing it now) that special purpose computers built with Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) are required as the norm. A general, purpose built computer is just too slow to earn you anything in the Bitcoin mining world.

Image result for crypto part 1 The second most popular and well-known Cryptocurrency is Ethereum, and it turns out that Ethereum is actually also really well known for being insanely easy to mine and really profitable too….so for me, that’s ideal for us to use in this series of set-up scenarios.

Next month’s two blogs will focus firstly on the equipment needed to set up our first ever Ethereum mining rig, and then finally on getting underway and actually beginning our mining adventure. So until then, enjoy the summer heat, and check back for parts 2 and 3 next month!

_Blog post by Bob Pattni_

 

Cryptocurrency stability

In times of turmoil, look to Cryptocurrency for stability

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With massive economic uncertainty everywhere you look due to Brexit, the US Trade Wars, and the deterioration of the EU in general, where should you invest your money to enjoy a little more stability?

If you look at the UK financial markets right now, there’s no really good savings investment opportunities. No matter what you choose, the % return on investment is pretty dire. Property investment for leasehold seems to still be a pretty safe bet, but even that market is struggling to remain buoyant in these uncertain times.

So is investing in Cryptocurrency really a truly safe bet?

Well firstly, it’s important to understand that as with all investment opportunities – the value of your investment may of course go down as well as up. So if this is your first time investing in Cryptocurrency, be sure that you’re following the safe rules of investing in general and only invest a small proportion of your overall wealth, and don’t invest more than you can afford to live without should the worst happen and the Crypto markets take an unexpected dive.

The easiest way to get involved is by signing up to a Cryptocurrency wallet service Online – a quick Google search will point you in the right direction.

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Most Cryptocurrency wallet services now offer desktop and mobile services, meaning you can manage your account anywhere and at any time of the day. You can sign up to these as you would sign up to any website. Enter your name and email address and set a password to get started, choose a user name and password (for added security you should ensure that this password is totally different to any others so that it could never be cracked).

After that, it’s time to connect your bank account, debit card or credit card. Use two-factor authentication to secure your account, but don’t use your phone number or mobile number – it’s best to set up a new email account, separate to your main email, so you have a totally separate email account for all your Crypto dealings and no-one can then use that random email address for anything else of yours. According to security researchers, criminals only need to know your name and number in order to steal from your Crypto wallet so make sure you follow the above rules and stay safe. (NB. Some places will also let you use Google Authenticator – a quick Google search will tell you how if you don’t already know).

Once you’ve done this, you can start investing in Crypto. Whichever service you decide to use, you’ll be able to access a graph showing how your chosen currency’s value has changed over time.

From there on in, you’re likely to become hooked and you’ve taken your first important steps to becoming a genuine Crypto trader….enjoy the ride!

_Blog post by Bob Pattni_

 

Why Blockchain Matters Part 3

Bob Pattni, Crypto Advisor on: ‘Why Blockchain Matters’

Part 3

There are multiple precedents throughout history, where technology has and will continue to transfer power and control from central authorities and distribute them to the masses. For example, time used to be determined and communicated by large clock towers that were expensive to build and maintain – until the advent of pocket watches, which became digital watches etc. A more obvious modern example is WhatsApp, which massively cut the transaction cost of sending messages globally to its users – and also dramatically cut profits for the carriers. The central authority (phone carriers) lost to the application (WhatsApp) built on a decentralized network (The Internet). In fact, it’s the example of WhatsApp that’s probably the most obvious example to use when talking about The Blockchain as it’s almost an identical comparison.

Third parties that currently verify transactions (the central authority) stand to lose against The Blockchain (the decentralized network). As such, The Blockchain effectively cuts out these third-party transaction verifiers: auditors, legal services, payment processors, brokerages and other similar organizations.

Now let’s look at how The Blockchain works away from the world of Bitcoin, because while you may not be convinced that exchanging Bitcoin is an invaluable service, there are many other examples of value transfer that are critical – and currently very slow and expensive. Consider the exchange of property: numerous intermediaries are currently involved in this process and that’s not the only potential use of The Blockchain either.

The case of The Blockchain enabling a decentralized currency exchange – such as Bitcoin – is well defined and will likely be the dominant user for some time to come, however there are a multitude of innovative users now beginning to make use of The Blockchain technology. Companies are already building their own Blockchains for various applications and this will continue.

At its core, The Blockchain is a foundational technology, like TCP/IP, which enables the Internet. And much like the Internet in the late 1990s, we don’t know exactly how the Blockchain will evolve, but evolve it will and its likely to be a massive influencer on our world in the future.

Similar to the Internet, the Blockchain must be allowed to grow unencumbered and uninhibited by Governments or Central Authorities. This will require careful handling that recognizes the difference between the platform and the applications that run on it – for example, TCP/IP empowers numerous financial applications that are regulated, but TCP/IP itself is not regulated as a financial instrument. The Blockchain should receive similar consideration and it’s a priority that this is clarified and resolved soon. Had we over-regulated the Internet early on, we would have missed out on many innovations that we can’t imagine living without today. The same is true for the Blockchain. It’s likely that innovations in the Blockchain will outpace policy, and it’s vital we don’t do anything to disrupt the growth and development of this vital new technological advance.

Written By Bob Pattni

Why Blockchain Matters Part 2

Bob Pattni, Crypto Advisor on: ‘Why Blockchain Matters’

Part 2

In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous person (or, more likely according to popular opinion, group of people) who developed both The Blockchain and Bitcoin, released a whitepaper describing the software protocol behind The Blockchain. Since then, the network has grown and Bitcoin in particular has become a recognized unit of value around the globe, mostly thanks to the publicity surrounding the digital currency. Bitcoin is extremely important because it provides a mechanism for accessing The Blockchain – but it’s not the only application that can leverage the platform, and that’s another reason to consider The Blockchain as an important new technological entity in its own right.

For all of its positive publicity in recent times, Bitcoin has also been on the receiving end of some bad press, such as that seen at the time of the collapse of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange. However, public consciousness and weight of opinion seems to be in Bitcoin’s favour in this and other matters. For the purposes of this blog, you need to simply remember this: Bitcoin is just a mechanism for transacting on The Blockchain, and The Blockchain is the key innovation.

The Blockchain enables the anonymous exchange of digital assets, such as Bitcoin, but it is not technically dependent on Bitcoin in any way – rather, the reverse is actually true. The beauty and elegance of The Blockchain is that it does away with the need for a central authority to verify trust and the transfer of value. It transfers power and control from large entities to the many, enabling safe, fast, cheaper transactions for all. The Blockchain is transferring power to normal, everyday people, and the massive trend for individuals to participate in Crypto Mining has been born because of the power of The Blockchain.

The mechanics of The Blockchain are new, exciting, innovative – there comes a point where you simply run out of superlatives to describe such an important advance. As people/organisations transact in Blockchain, a public record of each of their transactions is automatically created. Computers (which can be owned by anybody, anywhere in the world) verify each transaction with sophisticated algorithms to confirm the transfer of value and create a historical ledger of all activity. The computers that form the network that are processing the transactions are located throughout the world, and importantly are not owned or controlled by any single entity – this is truly ‘The People’s Transaction Accounting System’. In fact, the people in your office, or those you see in the coffee shop in a morning, are potentially some of those who own Mining computers which participate in The Blockchain as part of the process. The process is also real-time, and by dint of its use of multiple unconnected individuals, is much more secure than relying on a central authority to verify a transaction.

Continue reading with Part 3

Written By Bob Pattni

 

Why Blockchain Matters Part 1

Bob Pattni, Crypto Advisor on: ‘Why Blockchain Matters’

Part 1

By now, we’re all pretty well aware of Digital Currencies, and in particular the main type and indeed the original Digital Currency, Bitcoin. Bitcoin is an application that runs on The Blockchain, and for the purpose of this blog I’m going to concentrate on examining The Blockchain to show you how it works and why it’s considered to be the most important technological advance since the Internet itself.

Describing Blockchain to your everyday ‘man on the street’ is actually pretty simple. Imagine a secure transaction ledger database that is shared by all parties participating in an established, distributed network of computers. This ledger records (and stores permanently, as no transaction can ever be deleted from The Blockchain) every transaction that occurs in the network, essentially eliminating the need for “trusted” third parties such as payment processors. Blockchain proponents have gone on the record to describe the innovation as a “transfer of trust in a trustless world;” referring to the fact that the entities participating in a transaction are not necessarily known to each other, yet they exchange value with surety because of The Blockchain. For this reason, The Blockchain is an absolute game changer.

IBM’s book on Blockchain states that there are four key attributes in a blockchain network:

Consensus: For a transaction to be valid, all participants must agree on its validity.

Provenance: Participants know where the asset came from and how the ownership has changed over time.

Immutability: No participant can tamper with a transaction after it’s been recorded to the ledger. If a transaction is in error, a new transaction must be used to reverse the error, and both transactions are visible.

Finality: A single, shared ledger provides one place to go to determine the ownership of an asset or the completion of a transaction.

These unique characteristics are revolutionary because they allow individuals and/or organisations participating in Blockchain transactions to have a high level of transparency. Another advantage of The Blockchain technology is that there are likely to be significant financial savings to the main parties conducting the transactions due to less oversight, reduction of intermediaries, and an elimination of the duplication of effort because all participants have access to the ledger.

Continue reading with Part 2

Written By Bob Pattni

 

What Will Ethereum Do in 2018

Blog And Thoughts By Bob Pattni, Crypto-Guide

When thinking about Bitcoin and what it could achieve in terms of value this year, it’s impossible to write this article without also considering Bitcoin and the effect that’s had on Crypto in general.

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Bitcoin, and specifically the publicity and media attention surrounding Bitcoin over the last 2 years, has been a massive influence on the Crypto market place. Now most people are aware of its existence as a ‘real’ entity and that it has a genuinely high value – some of that value has of course been obtained by its high standing in public consciousness, making it the very definition of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Ethereum is every Crypto-Guides pick for the only other currency out there that could eventually reach Bitcoin’s value. Having said this, you need to appreciate that it will take time for Ethereum to, well, appreciate in value itself – some predictions have Bitcoin as high as US$25,000.00 per coin by December 2018, and Ethereum is not predicted to be anywhere near that yet.

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Most predictions agree that one of the big factors influencing Ethereum is its use of Blockchain technology. Ethereum uses an open-source distributed blockchain. It was the first Crypto to incorporate smart contract functionality (via a token now known as Ether, and now a separate entity to the main currency of Ethereum). Ethereum was developed and created by Vitalik Buterin and launched using a crowdsale in 2014. This is generally regarded as having been the first Cryptocurrency ICO (Initial Coin Offering) even though this term wasn’t in use at the time and has been ‘coined’ (forgive the obvious pun!). Since its launch, Ethereum has grown to become the second largest blockchain after Bitcoin in terms of market share.

C:\Users\Aaron\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\ethereum-crypto-heist-thieves-jail-time-696x449.jpg Initial coin offering (ICO) is an unregulated method of raising funds, usually for a new Cryptocurrency venture. The vast majority of new ICOs are built on the Ethereum platform, further solidifying Ethereum’s place in the Crypto world. A high number of creative projects leads directly to a higher demand for Ethereum, which investors usually need in order to participate in ICOs. In January 2018 alone, more than $1.3 billion was collected in ICOs.

Currently, most Cryptocurrencies utilize a Proof-of-Work concept. In the process of transaction validation, huge amounts of electricity are spent, since miners have to solve complex cryptographic riddles in order to mine a new block. Proof-of-stake is a promising alternative and aims to make the whole Cryptocurrency industry “greener”. The idea is to make the entire process of mining virtual, thereby drastically cutting the electricity costs. Switching to a pure Proof-of-Stake method is likely to grant Ethereum advantage over other Cryptocurrencies and further solidify its place at the heart of Crypto world.

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There has been a slump in prices of Crypto lately, and it’s been caused by news that Twitter is joining Facebook and Google by banning Cryptocurrency advertising.

The ban will cover advertising of initial coin offerings (ICOs) – Crowdfunding used to raise cash by creating new coins, token sales and crypto-wallet services. The policy will also stop crypto-exchanges from advertising, with limited exceptions.

However, Ethereum continues to rise and continues to be a sound investment. Partly because of its innovative blockchain technology, and partly because of the rise in public consciousness caused by the massive and continued media obsession with the Crypto world. So long as these trends continue, we’ll continue to see steady price rises in Ethereum reflective of the steady rises in public consciousness and confidence in what is, after all, still an emerging new technology.

 

Crypto ‘Whales’ controlling Bitcoin

Blog And Thoughts By Bob Pattni, Crypto-Guide

What is a Bitcoin Whale? A whale, in Crypto terms, is a big money Bitcoin player who can manipulate the Crypto market by selling their holdings in large – sometimes staggeringly so – numbers.

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Last year, someone moved almost 25,000 Bitcoin (worth about $159 million in US Dollars at the time), to one of the main Cryptocurrency online exchanges. The news soon rippled through online forums, with Bitcoin traders arguing amongst themselves about whether it meant the owner was about to sell the digital currency and whether they should follow suit. This uncertainty caused massive price fluctuations in the market – and it wasn’t the first time.

Bitcoin whales are fast becoming the main cause of concern for investors. They can send prices plummeting by selling even a portion of their holdings. And those sales are more probable now that the Cryptocurrency is consistently high and continuing to gain recognition in the public consciousness.

About 40 percent of Bitcoin is held by perhaps 1,600 users, with most online forums estimating these users know each other and are groups who collaborated to invest in Bitcoin in the very early days of the currency, and in some cases right from the very inception of this new form of money. It’s considered highly likely that these whales actually co-ordinate their moves – or preview them to a select few – and they can also therefore potentially band together to tank or prop up the market as they choose to dictate.

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Regulators have not yet caught up with Cryptocurrency trading, so many of the rules are still murky or in point of fact non-existent. This ‘grey area’ allows the Bitcoin whales to dictate and control the market to their own ends – which is, obviously, to turn themselves the maximum amount of profit possible.

When you see a huge drop in a coins price, people will sometimes blame it on whales that are dumping on the market. Typically when this occurs more inexperienced investors will start panic selling so they can buy back into the coin at a cheaper price. However, the best strategy is likely to be to hold on to everything and in fact to increase your holdings by buying additional coins at the lower price so that when the price rises again, as it inevitably will, you’ll be in a better position overall.

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As well as the early Bitcoin investors, whales can also be risk-loving high-net-worth individuals who have recently discovered the Cryptocurrency market as a new arena for money making; or even major institutional investors such as hedge funds and proprietary trading desks that are placing large bets on where the market will move next. There’s a lot of money in Cryptocurrency and so there’s a lot of people now banking on it creating them a massive amount of wealth.

In the early days of the currency, Bitcoin whales traded on only the largest exchanges, and some still do use only these exclusively. However, as the Crypto market has developed and gained recognition, more and more over-the-counter brokers have launched to service large (and small) Bitcoin investors who are trading digital currencies to be able to access more liquidity than the rigid, old-fashioned exchanges can provide.

So if you do trade in Crypto, keep an eye out for the obvious signs of whale activity. If there’s a large, sudden change in the value of a particular Cryptocurrency, that does not seem to relate to any major project announcement or market-moving news then there’s pretty obviously some whale activity behind the scenes. The same goes for a seemingly inexplicable increase in volatility or price spikes in a specific Cryptocoin as it could well mean that a whale has begun to manipulate the market.

 

How to avoid the most common Cryptocurrency mistakes

How to avoid the most common Cryptocurrency mistakes


There’s quite a lot of rookie mistakes that you can learn to avoid when beginning your Cryptocurrency trading career. The most common traps, and what you should do to prevent yourself from falling into them, are listed below for your education!

  1. Image result for pump and dump cryptoAvoid Pump & Dumps.

This is mostly perpetuated on lesser known coins with low volumes by a few individuals with deep pockets (whales) who are capable of ensuring wide swings on these lesser known cryptos in order to cash in on a windfall when they get the price to rise exponentially. It’s great to see that graph of your crypto moving upwards quickly but beware of large rises in short timescales, as you could be seeing a few individuals deliberately misleading the you and the marketplace. When the whales then dump their purchases, that graph is going to go tumbling down so don’t be seduced by sudden large price rises, particularly in the lesser known coins.

  1. Avoid Setting the Wrong Price.

It is easy to misread or mistype a decimal point or number of zeros. You could set your sell order ridiculously low because you misread the market, or made a typo, and by the time you realize the mistake another trader sees opportunity and quickly snaps up your trade. For example, you could have placed a sell order at 0.0005 BTC instead of 0.005 BTC and that one extra zero can cost you significant funds whiles another trader smiles all the way to his or her wallet. Try to double check your “sell” and “buy” orders every single time before a trade order is placed.

  1. Avoid Sending the Wrong Coin to the Wrong Exchange or Wallet Address.

There have been instances when people have mistakenly sent the wrong coins to the wrong wallet address and have lost funds. For instance, it is possible to send Bitcoin to say a Bitcoin Cash or Bitcoin Gold wallet. It can also happen that Ethereum could be unintentionally sent to an Ethereum Classic wallet or some other digital currency with similar names. This mistake could mean that you have lost your coins forever, as if you send coins to the wrong wallet you are highly unlikely to be able to get them returned to you.

  1. Avoid Markets with Little or Low Liquidity. 

It is important to recognise those crypto-coins with relatively high volumes and stick to buying and trading these. For a coin to appreciate in value, there must be a crowd of potential buyers to drive up demand. If you buy lesser known coins, you might get your capital locked up unless you’re prepared to wait years for the coin to gradually increase in recognition and value.

  1. Play the Long Game.

As a newcomer to crypto-trading, you buy a coin and the next day you realize it has appreciated northwards of 20% in value, meaning you might want to quickly cash out and take profit. But then again, if you hold on a bit, you could see that coin witness higher and more astronomical increase in value over the next couple of months to years. Several coins on the Cryptocurrency markets have seen value growth in the thousands of % over the last couple of years. Crypto trading is the right market for people with patience and the vision to have long term gains. This is not a short term game.

  1. Control your Emotions.

One sure way to losing money is trading with emotions. You may be angry that you missed out on buying a coin before it went up, or maybe you lost a trade bet on a coin so you intend to pile up the rest of your entire funds into another with the hope of making windfall profit…..this should never be a trading strategy. Emotions in crypto-trading should be avoided as much as possible. Detaching emotions from trade transactions gives a better and more objective perspective which is an important tool to making profit.

  1. Beware of Overconfidence.

Confidence is good, but being overly confident and throwing caution to the wind is something to avoid. Overconfidence could lead to one ignoring market signals and just placing trades based on hunches. This could work sometimes, but there is a high probability this will likely lead to loss of funds. It is important to perpetually study and read wide since the Cryptocurrency world is a fast moving and changing one which could leave one rusty if continuous education and research are left to chance.

Above all, enjoy yourself! The challenge of navigating the tricky Crypto waters can be an extremely rewarding one, and as it’s going to be taking up increasing amounts of your day you may as well enjoy what you’re doing!

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Blog by Bob Pattni

Up and Coming Crypto Coins

Upcoming Crypto Coins

Bitcoin is the first decentralised digital currency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator. Transactions take place between users directly, without an intermediary.

However, there are several other crypto coins emerging in the digital marketplace. So, which coins are becoming worthy of future consideration for investors? Here are some of the newer online currencies to explore in the up and coming crypto currency landscape:

Ethereum is an open-source computing platform and operating system featuring smart contract functionality. Ether is a crypto currency generated by the Ethereum platform. Ether can be used to compensate participant mining nodes for computations performed.

Tezos is decentralised and governs a true digital commonwealth to facilitate formal verification which boosts the security of smart contracts. The Tezos block-chain claims it will underpin secure, decentralised applications, and smart contracts, while avoiding some of the political and technological problems which earlier efforts such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have faced. However, the Swiss Tezos Foundation is currently being sued in the United States by Bitcoin investors. The Tezos Foundation is under investigation over allegations of mismanagement and false marketing.

Litecoin is a peer-to-peer crypto currency, and is based on an open source cryptographic protocol, which is not managed by any central authority. This crypto coin is nearly identical to Bitcoin.

 

Monero is an open-source crypto currency that focuses on privacy and decentralisation. It uses a public ledger to record transactions while new units are created through a process called mining. Monero aims to improve crypto currency by obscuring sender, recipient, and amounts on every transaction made, as well as providing equal opportunity in the mining process.

Pascal Coin is the first crypto coin designed to work without a historical operations requirement, and yet is still able to control double spending, or check balance. Unlike other crypto currencies, the block-chain can be deleted at any time, and will continue working perfectly. It uses a “SafeBox hash”, modified each time a new block is generated. Pascal Coin is being marketed as crypto currency for humans, not only for geeks! It is very similar to a bank, using easy to remember accounts instead of cryptographic addresses, and requires having a personal account to receive and send coins.

There are a multitude of options out there in the vast and changing world of online crypto currencies. So, how does one get started? Going to a local bank won’t help. A bank account logged into and ready as needed to register on crypto currency exchange web sites, such as https://www.kraken.com/, is a good option. There a multitude of web sites to get started and there are even more crypto currencies to invest in.

In the future, crypto currency will likely challenge the status quo of traditional banks as crypto coins increasing flood the digital marketplace.

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What Does the Future Hold For Ethereum?

Future of Ethereum?

Ethereum is a decentralized blockchain-based platform on which dapps (decentralized applications) can be built. It enables developers to build smart contracts that execute tasks automatically after meeting specific conditions. It runs using Ether, a cryptocurrency token.

The Future of Ether

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As the second-largest cryptocurrency in the world after Bitcoin regarding the market capitalisation at the writing time, Etherum has attracted a lot of attention worldwide. The future of ether is looking bright and a lot of focus is now being put into how the network will cope with the increasing demand.

The co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, said that Ethereum has in place a 3-to-5-year plan for enhancing scalability and increasing privacy. Buterin spoke to the people who attended the Beyond Block Tapei conference, in a talk entitled Ethereum 2.0.

The Ethereum co-founder stated that the title does not mean that there’s a specific update about to be released. It means that the platform is going to be the subject of the series of enhancements that are ongoing.

Privacy

Buterin called blockchains the public ledger, saying that they have many nodes verifying data: that can lead to issues of privacy. Developers have looked into numerous avenues through which they can make sure users have greater levels of privacy.

The Byzantium Hard Fork that went into effect gives Ethereum a greater capability of supporting cryptographic algorithms. That’s one of the steps of building a solution for increasing privacy. According to Buterin, the privacy problem is about 75 percent to be solved.

Using Less Energy

The Etherum mining uses a PoW (proof of work) concept, which uses a lot of energy. Buterin stated that this problem will also be taken care of when PoS (Proof of Stake) is introduced as mining as it currently stands won’t be feasible anymore.

Casper and Other Upgrades

Ethereum is planning on shifting from a PoW model to a PoS (proof-of-stake) type under the Casper upgrade. Also, it will implement other solutions that are designed to make their network more scalable. This includes sharding, which is a process that involves dividing the blockchain into various smaller component networks. That will allow the processing of transactions to be in parallel, hence increasing the processing speed of Ethereum.

If these upgrades will achieve the desired results, it could help the growth of Ethereum by equipping it better to efficiently handle the increased transaction volume.

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Commercial Partnerships

The EEA (Enterprise Ethereum Alliance) is aiming at connecting 500 enterprises, technology vendors, academics and startups with subject matter experts of Ethereum. Its list of members will include Santander, Credit Suisse, Intel, ING, JP Morgan, BP and Microsoft.

Supply

There’s no cap on the Ethereum’s total supply, with a maximum 18 million ETH annual issuance per year. That means ETH’s relative inflation rate decreases every year, and it’s designed to eventually stabilise, reaching an equilibrium. However, it is expected that the rate of the annual issuance following the Casper update implementation will be much lower.

Competition of Ethereum

In the crowded market of cryptocurrency, Ethereum will face competition from various other blockchain projects. The development and performance of those competitors might have negative or positive implications for the ETH value.

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Written by Bob Pattni