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6 Bitcoin Myths That You Should Stop Believing

By July 13, 2020March 28th, 20224 minute read

Bitcoin (BTC) is one of the most sought after assets amongst investors. But, despite its surging popularity, news covering BTC often quote gossip and hearsay.

And due to their massive reach, people consider them as official information.

It is essential to glean facts from the fluff. BTC’s design heavily borrows from mathematics and cryptography. The protocol functions with code and calculations.

Therefore, every discussion surrounding bitcoin should be logical and rational. And that can only happen by shunning ‘myths’ and ‘rumors’.

In this article, we intend to do exactly that. So that you can see BTC for what it is, and not how it appears.

Bitcoin Has No Intrinsic Value

Naysayers say that BTC doesn’t have any intrinsic value. They also say that bitcoins just ‘appear out of thin air’.

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An asset or a currency derives value out of people’s faith, e.g: the INR. More the trust, the more is the value.

Contrary to misconceptions, a large section of people has faith in BTC. This is perfectly visible from the latest Edelman Trust Barometer Survey.

As per the report, 73 percent of Indians trust cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

60 percent say that the impact of crypto/blockchain will be positive. 

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73 Percent of Indians trust cryptocurrencies and blockchain
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60 percent Indians think the impact of bitcoin, crypto and blockchain will be positive

Apart from this, bitcoin’s value has exponentially appreciated over the last several years. This couldn’t have happened if investors didn’t think of BTC as ‘valuable’.

Also, bitcoins don’t ‘just happen’. A process called mining creates BTC. Folks with advanced hardware compete within themselves to quickly solve complex mathematical puzzles. To know more, check out the video below:

How Bitcoin Works

Criminals Use BTC

Some believe that bitcoin transactions are anonymous. And that makes BTC a suitable vehicle for all sorts of illegal activities.

Bitcoin operates on a blockchain-based protocol. It is a decentralized public ledger that records all BTC transactions. What this means is that all activities are openly visible to everyone.

An alphanumeric address masks the details of transacting parties. But, everything else like the transaction value, date, time is completely accessible.

That makes bitcoin ‘pseudo-anonymous’. As opposed to ‘pro-criminal’ claims, this feature helps law-enforcement authorities in nabbing felons. See the below video to know more:

How Bitcoin Can Help Track Down Criminals

Bitcoin Was Hacked

No, that’s not true. If Bitcoin was hacked, it wouldn’t have gained the trust of millions of investors across the country.

Hacking Bitcoin is near impossible. Because of its blockchain.

A ’51 percent attack’ could help gain control of the Bitcoin network. But, going by how much the ecosystem has matured, a 51 percent attack will be a very costly proposition. How costly?

According to data, it would cost almost USD 500,000 an hour to carry it out. No hacker would shell out that kind of money. Plus the chances of breaking in are minuscule to zero.

It’s a Ponzi Scheme

Normally a Ponzi scheme has a hierarchical arrangement with a boss at the top. The person who starts it all. Investors are guaranteed fixed returns on their capital but the underlying mechanism is fraudulent.

Although Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin in 2009, he remains unknown. He/She designed the network so that anyone can participate and either contribute to its growth or just invest in BTC.

No central authority controls Bitcoin. There are no ‘middlemen’ facilitating transfers. And it will continue to remain that way in the foreseeable future.

BTC Investment is Costly

A lot of people, especially in India don’t buy bitcoin because they think it’s costly. They think they have to buy one whole BTC. Going by the ongoing market rates they bow out.

Here’s the fact. Despite rumors of a ‘highly-priced investment’, anyone can buy bitcoin. Why? Because 1 BTC is divisible into 100 million parts. That’s right. Because of its divisibility, investors can buy fractions of bitcoin.

It is not at all necessary to buy 1 full BTC.

Only Technically Proficient People Can Use It

This was said about the internet and email too. Initially, nobody understood how these two technologies would be utilized in the real world. But eventually, both have become widely popular and now life is very difficult to imagine without the two.

This holds for bitcoin too. There is a learning curve involved but it’s not rocket science. We at WazirX have put together an intuitive interface in place so that using BTC becomes a seamless experience.

See the below video to know how to use the WazirX phone app in detail:

These were a few bitcoin myths, but there are many more. BTC and the cryptocurrency ecosystem is paving the way for a bright future. To become a part of this future, you need to question everything that you come across, even hard facts. Only by ‘verifying’ and not blindly trusting, you can truly contribute to Bitcoin’s growth.

Further Reading:

5 Ripple (XRP) Myths you Should Stop Believing

5 Myths About Ethereum

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Bitcoin And How Does It Work?

Bitcoin is decentralized digital money that may be bought, sold, and exchanged without an intermediary such as a bank. Bitcoin is based on a blockchain that is considered to be a distributed digital ledger. As the name suggests, blockchain is a linked database made up of blocks that store information about each transaction, such as the date and time, total amount, buyer and seller, and a unique identifier for each exchange. Entries are linked in chronological order to form a digital blockchain

Can Bitcoin Be Converted To Real Money?

Crypto exchanges, Bitcoin ATMs, Bitcoin Debit Cards, and Peer Peer Transactions are all options for converting Bitcoin to cash. This can be accomplished by using Bitcoin exchanges such as WazirX. A Bitcoin ATM is a real place where you may purchase and sell Bitcoins with cash, unlike standard ATMs that allow you to withdraw money from your bank account. Many websites provide the option of purchasing Bitcoin in return for a prepaid debit card that works similarly to a standard debit card. Through a peer-to-peer marketplace, you may sell Bitcoin for cash faster and more privately.

Who Created Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is the first application of the concept of "cryptocurrency," first articulated in 1998 on the cypherpunks mailing list by Wei Dai, who proposed a new form of money that relies on cryptography rather than a central authority to manage its creation and transactions. Satoshi Nakamoto published the initial Bitcoin specification and proof of concept on the cryptography mailing list in 2009. Satoshi exited the project in late 2010, with little information about himself available. Since then, the community has evolved, with numerous people working on Bitcoin. Satoshi's anonymity has sparked unfounded fears, many of which may be traced back to a misunderstanding of Bitcoin's open-source nature.

Is Bitcoin Cash A Good Investment?

Bitcoin Cash is a hard fork of Bitcoin formed in 2017 to address Bitcoin's scalability and challenges. Bitcoin Cash seeks to make global transactions faster, cheaper, and more secure. Bitcoin Cash is now accepted by thousands of online and offline businesses all over the world. Studied correctly, Bitcoin Cash may be an investment worthy of consideration.

What Is The Meaning Of Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency that was first introduced in January 2009. It is invented based on the key concepts and notions presented in a whitepaper by Satoshi Nakamoto, a mysterious and pseudonymous figure. The name of the individual or people who invented technology is yet unknown. Bitcoin promises reduced transaction fees than existing online payment methods, and a decentralized authority controls it, unlike government-issued currencies.

Is Bitcoin And Cryptocurrency The Same Thing?

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that was designed to facilitate cross-border transactions, eliminate government control over transactions, and streamline the entire process without third-party intermediaries. The absence of intermediaries has resulted in a significant reduction in transaction costs. Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, created the first cryptocurrency in 2008. It began as open-source software for money transfers. Since then, plenty of cryptocurrencies have emerged, with some focusing on specific fields.

How Much Is 1 Bitcoin Worth Today?

Check out the current price of Bitcoin on the WazirX exchange. Bitcoin's value is primarily determined by its supply and demand in the market. Other elements have an impact on its worth. Its intrinsic value can also be calculated by calculating the average marginal cost of producing a Bitcoin at any given time, based on the block reward, electricity price, mining hardware energy efficiency, and mining difficulty.

How Bitcoin Works?

Bitcoin is based on the blockchain, a distributed digital ledger. As the name implies, blockchain is a connected database made up of blocks that hold information about each transaction, such as the date and time, total value, buyer and seller, and a unique identifier for each exchange. Entries are linked in chronological sequence, forming a digital chain of blocks. Blockchain is decentralized, meaning a centralized institution does not own it

What Is Bitcoin Used For?

Bitcoin was created as a means of sending money over the internet. The digital currency was designed to be a non-centralized alternative payment system that could be used in the same way as traditional currencies. Bitcoin is being used by an increasing number of businesses and individuals. This includes establishments such as restaurants, apartments, and law firms.

How Can I Get Bitcoin?

To begin, go to the WazirX website and register. After that, you will receive a verification email. The link received by verification mail will only be available for a few seconds, so make sure you click it as quickly as possible. This will successfully verify your email address. The following step is to set up security, so choose the best solution for you. After you've set up the security, you'll be given the option of continuing with or without completing the KYC process. Following that, you'll be sent to the Funds & Transfers section, where you can begin depositing Bitcoins into your wallet. You may also use INR to fund your WazirX Bitcoin wallet and then use it to purchase Bitcoin.

Disclaimer: Cryptocurrency is not a legal tender and is currently unregulated. Kindly ensure that you undertake sufficient risk assessment when trading cryptocurrencies as they are often subject to high price volatility. The information provided in this section doesn't represent any investment advice or WazirX's official position. WazirX reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend or change this blog post at any time and for any reasons without prior notice.
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