Bitcoin (BTC) are digital currencies, or rather a cryptocurrency, and just like euros or dollars, they can be used for the purchase and sale of goods and services. You’ve surely heard of it online, in newspapers or on TV. But what sets them apart from traditional currencies? Everything, I would say. First of all, Bitcoins do not have a central bank or an institution that acts as an intermediary between the people who exchange them: it is all based on an open-source peer-to-peer network that uses a database distributed among the nodes, i.e. between the computers of the users.
This database contains all the transactions that took place on the Bitcoin network and can be freely consulted by anyone, which means that while being able to participate in the creation of digital currencies without providing personal details, all the movements that are made are public and easily traceable. Bitcoins are legal all over the world and the regularity of transactions is guaranteed by a public key cryptography system that prevents users from spending the same coins more than once or “rigging” their purse by inserting Bitcoins into it. they are legitimately owners.
Their value fluctuates based on many factors and can be constantly monitored thanks to special services that show the current valuation of BTCs on all the main trading markets of the Network. Furthermore, their number is not infinite: a maximum number of 21 million and every four years the amount of coins created is halved under a deflationary rule.
At this point, you are surely wondering how to earn Bitcoin, and today I am here to try to clarify your ideas a bit. So let’s see what are the basic concepts of this new economy and if investing in it is really as convenient as it seems.
Before starting to earn Bitcoin you must create your digital wallet, that is the file in which the coins will be saved (technically called Wallet). It is not a complicated operation: all you have to do is choose a client, that is a program, among those available on the Internet and follow the instructions contained therein to open your Bitcoin wallet.
Among the most popular clients is Bitcoin Core which is a multi-platform program compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux through which to manage the purse, make and receive payments in BTC. Its operation is quite simple. After downloading and installing it (just start the .exe package and always click Next or, if you use a Mac, drag the software icon to the Applications folder) you have to launch it and choose the folder in which to save your wallet.
Once the operation is complete, immediately secure the wallet by activating its encryption (Settings menu> Coin wallet encryption) and from time to time do not forget to create backup copies by calling the Coin wallet backup item available in the application menu. Remember, your digital wallet is as if it were your real wallet: if you lose it, you also lose the money inside it!
Another important precaution regarding the use of Bitcoin Core is to wait for the software to fully synchronize with the Bitcoin network. This means that the blockchain on which the system is based must be downloaded to the PC. What is it about? I’ll explain it to you right away.
The blockchain is the database in which all Bitcoin transactions are recorded and, as the name suggests, is structured in blocks. These blocks are unique (i.e. one different from the other) and contain a fixed number of coins plus the public keys of the person making the transactions (i.e. their public addresses) and the data of the previous block. The number of Bitcoins created per block was initially 50 but this number has been programmed to decrease over time, more precisely it halves every four years. On the Bitcoin Clock site, you can check the estimated date for the next block value change.
To find out what the address of your wallet is, go to the File menu> Bitcoin Core receiving addresses. If, on the other hand, you want to create custom ones (which always refer to the same wallet), click on the New button.
The Bitcoin Core program can be downloaded for free from the Bitcoin.org website, on which many other clients are also available for all major operating systems (including Android and iOS). To find out the main features of each software click on its icon. To download it, however, first click on its icon and then on the button to access the relevant download website or the relevant section of the digital stores for smartphones and tablets.
How to earn bitcoin with Mining
Mining is the operation through which it is possible to obtain Bitcoins: technically it involves attacking the data protected with encryption based on the SHA-256 algorithm using the brute force technique, in practical terms, we can say that it is like trying to open a safe by attempting several billion possible combinations.
It goes without saying that such an operation requires a lot of computing power, and this is precisely the main problem of Bitcoin miners. Everyone, in theory, can “mine” and go in search of coins with their computer but it is an almost suicidal mission.
Mining involves the use of the computing power of the CPU and, above all, of the GPU (ie the processor that equips the graphics card of the computer) and doing it on a normal computer not only jeopardizes the “health” of the machine but requires an energy consumption so high that it would make any Bitcoin collection null and void, indeed even expensive. Here alternative solutions come into play.
Some companies, for example, have put computers on the market to earn Bitcoin while consuming less power than traditional PCs: Bitcoin Miner ASICs. While it may seem tempting, it is good to keep in mind that many of these specific computers are characterized by poor build quality and reduce their performance in a short time. In any case, as regards the purchase, you can contact all the most common online platforms for electronic commerce, such as eBay.
One of the most effective solutions to earn Bitcoins without melting your computer and without spending a fortune on electricity is the mining pool. By exploiting the technology of distributed computing, this system allows multiple users around the world to join forces, that is, the computing powers of their computers, to perform mining. After successful operation, the value of the mined block is divided among all participants.
There are many mining pool systems, one of the most famous is Slushpool, and to exploit them you need to use special clients, such as BFGMiner which uses the computing power of the GPU and is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac (if you are a macOS / OS user X download it from here).
How to earn Bitcoin with ASIC USB
Another method to collect Bitcoins effectively is to rely on the ASICs (an acronym for Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) in USB format that cost from $ 50.00 upwards and can help in mining from traditional computers. In fact, these are integrated circuits designed to solve precise calculations quickly and effectively.
They have significantly reduced energy consumption and can be found on online stores. Their appearance resembles that of the common pendrives used for data storage.
There are also online services that allow you to get Bitcoins without lifting almost a finger. I am referring to affiliate systems such as QoinPro which reward users who subscribe to them by paying a small amount of Bitcoin (or other cryptocurrencies) into their wallets every day. This sum increases significantly if the user subscribes other people to the service through a special referral link.
Another way to earn bitcoins is through CryptoTab, a browser that allows you to earn bitcoin using a small part of the computing power of your computer or smartphone, in fact, it is available both on Windows, Android and iOS.
CryptoTab also allows an affiliate system, when a person signs up through your referral link you will receive a part of the mined bitcoins, if used well, this function will allow you to earn large amounts of bitcoin every day without lifting a finger.
Clearly, no one prohibits the direct purchase of Bitcoin through special services, as in the case of Bitstamp (which among other things also shows the current value of Bitcoins) which allows you to open an account and easily fill it with digital coins bought by other users of the site. More precisely, to buy Bitcoin on Bitstamp, you must connect to the main Web page of the service, click on the Open account item located at the top right, fill in the form that is proposed to you by entering your data and, to conclude, you must click on the button Register.
Then you must access the e-mail address relating to the email address you provided during registration, you must open the email that was automatically sent to you by Bitstamp and you must take note of the data that you find in the Client ID: and Password items. Once this is done, go back to the Bitstamp website, click on the Login item at the top right, enter the data previously noted in the form displayed on the screen and click on the Login button to immediately connect to your account.
Now follow the automatic password change procedure that is proposed to you and click on the Buy / Sell item at the top, then press the Verify your account link. Finally, provide and send all the data and documents requested relating to your person (the verification of all data may take up to a couple of days … try to be patient!).
After this initial phase, you can start buying your first Bitcoins by clicking again on Buy / Sell and then on Buy Bitcoins. Therefore enter how much money you want to convert into Bitcoin and finalize the procedure by clicking on Buy Bitcoins.
As you can see, getting Bitcoins is not a mission impossible. In fact, let’s say it’s easy. However, it is quite another matter to transform digital currency revenues into real gain. You need to know how to organize yourself optimally and invest in mining a considerable amount of time and money.
For further information, I recommend that you take a look at the section dedicated to how to get started on the Bitcoin.org website which includes a guide to take your first steps in the world of Bitcoin with many useful links and tips.