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Six Cryptocurrencies to Watch in 2019

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Following last year’s very well publicised crisis moment for Bitcoin, it’s very tempting to believe that the moment for cryptocurrency has passed. Confidence in these new technologies has waned significantly, and there’s a general understanding of how volatile the market is. But though it is still true that cryptocurrency is not as stable as more established currencies, the technology isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

So while you may have missed the first major boom in digital currency, there is a likelihood that we are going to see some interesting developments in 2019. Here are some cryptocurrencies to watch this year.

Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum works not just as a digital currency but as a platform for users to build their own cryptocurrency. Users take the building blocks provided by Ethereum’s blockchain and create their own application so that it can be used to manage things like supply chain.

At the end of 2018, Ethereum had started to show growth again after the 2017 peak. At it’s highest peak, it had grown around 3000%, the second largest after Bitcoin. “During the course of this year,” says Jay Stokes, author at researchpapersuk.com, “ Ethereum is expected to continue to rise in value, as plans roll out to improve its technology.

Decred (DCR)

Launched in 2016, Decred has become a well regarded currency that aims to democratize its model. There’s a focus on the actual work of data mining, with partial rewards going back to those who can offer proof of work. These individuals can have a direct say in the management and direction of the project.

To facilitate this decentralized governance, the developers have created an efficient and simple voting system to achieve consensus. Utilizing smart contracts the model is resistant to any potential outside parties that would seek to influence votes being cast.

Cardano (ADA)

Founded by Ethereum’s Charles Hoskinson, Cardano works through a smart contract platform. The developers take remarkable care to maintain the platform, and seek to standardise and promote Cardano’s protocol technology.

Charles Hoskinson claims that Cardano is the next stage in evolution for blockchain technology. It is built on meticulous academic and scientific research in order to combat issues surrounding blockchain technology, including scalability, interoperability and sustainability.

Dash (DASH)

Created in 2014, Dash is a decentralized autonomous organization as well as a cryptocurrency. As an open source asset, it works on a principle of self-governance. In its early days, it was known as Xcoin, a ‘fork’ of the Bitcoin protocol, but as an altcoin, it earned a bad reputation as the cryptocurrency used on the dark web.

However, following a rebrand as Dash (Digital Cash), it ceased operating on the dark in 2016. Payments via Dash are almost instantaneous, and through user engagement protocols, the community which uses it are all geared towards improving its development.

ZCash (ZEC)

Developed in late 2016, ZEC is geared around security and transparency. The two main protocols of Zcash involve either shielded or transparent pools.

Private transactions can be disclosed to aid transparency, allowing users to prove payments in order to comply with governmental regulation and tax services. In this way, Zcash has been at the forefront of creating a sustainable future for cryptocurrency.

The developers of ZCash have been very public in meeting with law enforcement agencies” says Carina Rodriguez, contributor to draftbeyond.com, “This, finally, is a bid to show a united front against illegal cryptocurrency activity.

Monero (XMR)

Monero has had a somewhat controversial year. Some studies during the year showed that around 4.3% of the total supply of XMR had been mined illegally. For many, this is a worrying part of cryptocurrency. However, as the industry as a whole move towards a more legitimate, less shady mode of practice, it is interesting to note that during the time these studies were published, XMR’s value seemed to have fluctuated very little. It is based on the CryptoNight ‘Proof of work’ algorithm, pushing miners to seek legitimate sources of data.

Unlike, for instance, ZCash, Monero is developed around utter financial privacy, allowing payments and balances to remain hidden. Though it remains a controversial choice of Bitcoin, it continues to be a versatile crypto asset used across the world.

Benjamin Schmitt is an experienced lifestyle writer and app developer. He writes on app development and a range of other topics for Gum Essays and Lucky Assignments.

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What Are the Investment Returns on Bitcoin Mining

What Are the Investment Returns on Bitcoin Mining

You know about Bitcoin: The original digital currency based on blockchain. Every transaction is written to a shared ledger and verified by the rest of the network. Each set of approved transactions is a “block” added to the chain. 

But you may have missed the buzz on Bitcoin mining. It’s not just for web geeks or digital currency traders. There are thousands of people around the world looking to profit in this way. 

What is Bitcoin Mining? 

Participants try to guess a random number generated by the system. Those who get the answer “own” the next block of transactions and collect a reward; currently 12.5 bitcoins. If you manage this, you can also collect fees on transactions in the block you created. 

This number comes from a complex equation. In the early days it was handled by ordinary computers, and then GPUs (graphics processing units), which were better suited to the task. Over the years the equation has evolved in difficulty to regulate the rate of discovery. 

Technology 

Bitcoin miners now rely on hardware-intensive systems known as ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit), which appeared in 2013. If you own or can get access to such a system, you stand to guess a fair amount of numbers on the blocks constantly taking shape. 

If this sounds like an easy way to profit, it is. Many people have joined the ranks of digital currency miners. However, with so much competition, the big question is whether there are still decent profits to be made. 

Can You Still Make Money? 

The more computers that are trying to capture the number, the harder the equation becomes and the fewer numbers you get. 

But Bitcoins also tend to go up in value. It was a price spike in 2013 that launched mining as a popular investment option. Speculators agree that the value of Bitcoin should continue rising as its popularity grows. 

Investments Required 

To maximize your return on Bitcoin mining, you need an ASIC system. These computing solutions utilize high-end hardware that generates a lot of heat. Such a setup requires state-of-the-art cooling and ventilation systems along with higher utility bills to operate all of this. 

Without an ASIC of your own, your odds of scoring aren’t good. It is possible to save some money by leasing an ASIC rather than buying one outright. 

Other Options 

Fortunately for the smaller investor, recent years have seen the rise of cloud mining, or cloud hashing. This response to growing demand is basically another cloud service where you get to lease a portion of someone else’s ASCI-enabled data center. 

A cheaper option, albeit with smaller potential rewards, is a mining pool. This is a third-party service that uses investor funds to do their own mining and shares out the profits. The upside of this is that you don’t need technical or financial knowledge at all; you just need to come up the minimum investment required by the service. 

Profit Potential 

You can join some of these investment pools for as little as $500. Some of these third-party services state that you could earn your investment back in as little as two months or so, and start seeing profit after three. When these claims are legit, or even close to it, you’re seeing a remarkable and fairly consistent ROI better than most forms of investment. 

However, transaction fees are currently voluntary on the part of individual users of Bitcoin, as is whether the transaction should even be included in a block. This is encouraged as the transaction is more quickly verified if it’s part of a block. Even so, your profit depends on the current value of Bitcoin, the number and size of transaction fees involved, and the number of people sharing the rewards. 

Federal Regulation 

In 2015 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) declared that digital currency trading is legal and subject to fair trading laws. However, this doesn’t guarantee that you’re protected. Prudent investors always do the homework: Know who you’re dealing with and determine realistic expectations. 

Risks in Bitcoin Mining 

The Bitcoin reward is halved every 210,000 blocks, or about four years. As the reward approaches zero, it may not be profitable at all unless transaction fees are increased and enforced. And while the general trend is up, there’s also fluctuation in Bitcoin value. 

There’s also a question of integrity. As more cloud services spring up, you’ll have a widely varying scenario of payouts, contract stipulations, and the potential for dishonest reporting; even outright fraud. Also, on the downside: The IRS says that mining profits may be taxed as individual investment gains

Is Bitcoin mining still a good investment? At the present time, yes, and hopefully for years to come with appropriate changes. Are you ready to sit back and let the computers make you bitcoins?

Jen McKenzie is an independent business consultant from New York. She writes extensively on business, education and human resource topics. When Jennifer is not at her desk working, you can usually find her hiking or taking a road trip with her two dogs. You can reach Jennifer @jenmcknzie

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Send to Bitcoin SegWit bech32 addresses!

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We are very excited to announce that HolyTransaction has implemented support for Bitcoin bech32 address formats on its platform. You can now enter a bech32 address when sending bitcoin from HolyTransaction. When depositing, you can also transfer the bitcoins to HolyTransaction from a bech32 address. HolyTransaction is the first web wallet to implement the native SegWit address format.

Native SegWit address bech32
Bitcoin bech32 addresses start with “bc1”. Segwit bech32 format has some technical benefits over the already used SegWit address format, which includes decreased transaction fees and increased throughput. Moreover, the new address format is case-insensitive and consists only of lower cases so the chance of typing an error is lower.

SegWit
SegWit makes it possible to rearrange the information in a block. Consequently, the block can contain more information and it makes transaction processing more cost-effective. Therefore, the blockchain can process much more transactions per second. This is a big step for the entire cryptocurrency community.

We believe this improvement will be welcome by the community. Tell your friends!
Check your wallet and try it out.

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HolyTransaction adds ZRX

How about opening a Universal Wallet to hold and exchange your ZRX?
From today it is possible as we at HolyTransaction have decided to add ZRX to be among the 20 cryptocurrencies available on our multicurrency wallet and instant exchange.

So from now on you can store ZRX on HolyTransaction, transfer them to any other wallet, and make crypto-to-crypto transfers from and to ZRX. All HolyTransaction customers can create a new address for their own 0x Token Wallet.


ZRX Wallet features

Just like Bitcoin and all the other 19 digital currencies supported, you can now:

• Send 0x Token to any address, even to addresses of other crypto, with instant conversion on the fly;
• Receive transactions;
• Exchange 0x Token with any supported coins;
• Make instant transactions between HT users;
• Get real time exchange rates on the website;
• Set OTP for additional protection.

If you are not able to see your newest ZRX Wallet, you just need to click on the “plus” button on the top right of the balance page, once you successfully login into your own wallet.


What is 0x Project?
0x is an open, permissionless protocol allowing for ERC20 tokens to be traded on the Ethereum blockchain. It is being used for streamline token trading in decentralized exchanges, executing off-chain orders via Ethereum powered smart contracts.
0x’s decentralized trading focuses on an off-chain ordering relay that cuts back on gas prices and reduces network bloat.  Only value transfers are executed on-chain, leaving all other trading commands to off-chain procedures.

The creators have imagined the world to go around the Ethereum blockchain, allowing assets to have everything from digital game items to stocks, gold, and fiat currencies. They imagined tons of different types of tokens, and an opportunity for improvement. There is a huge possibility that by 2020 thousands of assets will be tokenized. In the future, all cross-blockchain solutions will allow cryptocurrencies to freely and move between blockchains, without limits. So the 0x Team created a form where people interested in building a relayer can connect with one another.

Do you want to open your 0x Token wallet? Click here.
Open your free digital wallet here to store your cryptocurrencies in a safe place, while always being ready to exchange it instantly.

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Vertcoin Wallet: HolyTransaction adds VTC

Want to open a Vertcoin wallet?
You’re at the right place, as we at HolyTransaction decided to add Vertcoin to our multi-currency wallet.
So from now on you can store VTC on HolyTransaction, transfer them to any other wallet, and make crypto-to-crypto transfers using Vertcoin along with 18 other cryptocurrency networks.
All HolyTransaction customers can create a new address for their own VTC wallet and take advantage of the user-friendly HolyTransaction platform to send or receive transactions and instantly convert them to other cryptocurrencies we currently support.

What is Vertcoin?
VTC is a digital currency that can be sent between people over the internet.
Vertcoin (VTC) stays true to the original vision of cryptocurrency: a financial system owned by its users, the people’s coin.
Vertcoin’s algorithm is designed to resist the development of custom mining hardware and multipool mining, ensuring that transactions are validated by a widely distributed network and avoiding the selling pressure when large mining pools indiscriminately flood the market with freshly mined coins.

Vertcoin Wallet features
Just like Bitcoin and all the other supported cryptocurrencies, you can now:
• Send Vertcoin to any address, even to addresses of other cryptocurrencies with instant conversion on the fly;
• Receive transactions;
• Exchange Vertcoin;
• Make instant transactions between HT users;
• Get real time exchange rates on the website;
• Set up OTP for additional protection.

To add Vertcoin to your wallet, click on the plus button on the top right of the balance page once you have logged into your wallet.

Do you want to open your Vertcoin wallet? Click here.

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Batching Bitcoin and Litecoin transactions

HolyTransaction implemented SegWit on Bitcoin and Litecoin back in November 2017; and now we are glad to announce another upgrade to help the BTC network, as well the LTC network, reduce its transaction fee costs.

We implemented batching of transactions to help reduce fees for the entire network in order to strengthen the ecosystem.

Batches now allow grouping similar transactions and processing them together, as one transaction in one single moment. Thanks to this process, HolyTransaction is able to help conserve precious blockspace on the Bitcoin network.

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HolyTransaction SegWit Bitcoin bech32

SegWit transactions are here

When checking your Bitcoin address from your balance page, you may have noticed that the address currently displayed differs from one you have seen listed in the past.

Thanks to the latest improvements in Bitcoin Core, we are happy to announce that HolyTransaction implemented the SegWit technology to improve the Bitcoin network capacity and reduce the network fees.

All new addresses generated for Bitcoin and Litecoin by the HolyTransaction wallet will be SegWit addresses.

We believe this change will be welcome by the community and will also help HolyTransaction reach new users. Check your wallet and try it out.

 

What’s SegWit?

SegWit makes it possible to rearrange the information in a block. Consequently, the block can contain more information and it makes transaction processing more cost-effective. Receiving payments on these SegWit addresses does not differ from typical addresses in any way. As of now, around 10% of all Bitcoin transactions pass in SegWit.

HolyTransaction SegWit Bitcoin Litecoin

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Creativecoin Wallet: HolyTransaction adds CREA


Do you want to open a Creativecoin wallet?

You are in the right place, as we at HolyTransaction decided to add this cryptocurrency among the 17 crypto available on our multicurrency wallet.

So, from now on you can store Creativecoin on Holytransaction, transfer them to any other wallet, and make crypto-to-crypto transfers from/to Creativecoin, and ten more cryptocurrency’s networks.

All HolyTransaction customers can create a new address for their own CREA Wallet and use the user-friendly HolyTransaction Wallet platform to send and receive transactions or to instantly convert them to any other cryptocurrency we currently support.

Creativecoin Wallet features

Just like Bitcoin and all the other supported digital currencies, you can now:

  • Send Creativecoin to any address, even to addresses of other cryptocurrencies with instant conversion on the fly;
  • Receive transactions;
  • Exchange Creativecoin with any supported coins;
  • Make instant transactions between HT users;
  • Get real time exchange rates on the website;
  • Set OTP for additional protection.

If you are not able to see your newest Creativecoin Wallet, you just need to click on the “plus” button on the top right of the balance page, once you successfully login into your own wallet.

What is Creativecoin?

Creativechain has created its own coin called Creativecoin (CREA), the first cryptocurrency designed to meet the needs of all creative communities that produce and distribute digital content.

Creativechain is a decentralized platform for the registration and distribution of multimedia content that proves in an indelible way the authorship and license of any work or creation.

Imagine a social network of content exchange like Facebook, Spotify or Youtube totally decentralized, without managers or intermediaries, without censorship and with its own P2P system of electronic money based on its own cryptocurrency.

The technological innovative proposal of this platform also directly challenges the centralized power of traditional systems of copyright management entities.

The platform applies the power of attorney of blockchain technology to create incorruptible timestamps that certify the authorship of any digital work such as photos, videos, films, texts, electronic books, software or any digitizable file. Creativechain is presented as a public and transparent alternative of intellectual property registration according to the new times, in which there are so much cultural production circulating on the internet.

Blockchain technology opens up a universe of possibilities for the registration and distribution of intellectual property without intermediaries. The power of attorney along with the decentralized p2p distribution of digital content create a new paradigm shift in the era of digital culture.

So, do you want to open your CREA wallet? Click here.

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HolyTransaction adds Pivx to its wallet

Do you want to open a Pivx wallet?

You are in the right place, as we at HolyTransaction decided to add this cryptocurrency among the 16 crypto available on our multicurrency wallet.

So from now on, you can store Pivx on Holytransaction, transfer them to any other wallet, and make crypto-to-crypto transfers from/to Pivx, and ten more cryptocurrency’s networks.

All HolyTransaction customers can create a new address for their own Pivx Wallet and use the user-friendly HolyTransaction Wallet platform to send and receive transactions or to instantly convert them to any other cryptocurrency we currently support.

Pivx Wallet features

Just like Bitcoin and all the other supported cryptocurrencies, you can now:

  • Send Pivx to any address, even to addresses of other cryptocurrencies with instant conversion on the fly;
  • Receive transactions;
  • Exchange Pivx with any supported coins;
  • Make instant transactions between HT users;
  • Get real time exchange rates on the website;
  • Set OTP for additional protection.

If you are not able to see your newest Pivx Wallet, you just need to click on the “plus” button on the top right of the balance page, once you successfully login into your own wallet.

What is Pivx?

Pivx (PIVX) is the acronym for Private Instant Verifiable Transaction.

The main goal of PIVX is to achieve near instant private transactions and a governance that helps sustain the network for the benefit of all of the users involved.

PIVX is an open source, privacy-focused, Proof of Stake crypto-currency. PIVX utilizes Proof of Stake 3.0 and an innovative Seesaw reward mechanism that dynamically balances 90% of its block reward between Masternodes and Staking nodes with the remaining 10% used for budgeting. The budget and protocol are managed through a decentralized governance system.

So, do you want to open your Pivx wallet? Click here.

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Important: Update your security settings

As a bug was discovered in Cloudflare DDoS protection system, we recommend that you change your HolyTransaction security credentials as a precaution:
•    Change password
•    Reset your 2FA key (disconnect 2FA and connect it again)
The bug has already been fixed by Cloudflare, so there is no longer any risk at this moment.
Although the issue affected only a very small percentage of connections, you should similarly change your security credentials for other websites that use Cloudflare.

List of sites possibly affected by the bug: https://github.com/pirate/sites-using-cloudflare/blob/master/README.md

 

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