Altcoins

Altcoin

The word “altcoin” is an abbreviation of “Bitcoin alternative,” and thus describes every single cryptocurrency except for Bitcoin. Altcoins are referred to as Bitcoin alternatives because, at least to some …

bitcoin

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a digital currency (also called crypto-currency) that is not backed by any country’s central bank or government. Bitcoins can be traded for goods or services with vendors who …

Bitcoin Address

Bitcoin Address

A bitcoin address is a cryptographic key that “owns” bitcoins. This address is used to uniquely identify bitcoins. The person or persons who know the corresponding private key can send …

Bitcoin Wallet

A Bitcoin wallet is a software program where Bitcoins are stored. To be technically accurate, Bitcoins are not stored anywhere; there is a private key (secret number) for every Bitcoin …

Blockchain

Blockchain

A blockchain—the technology underlying bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies—is a shared digital ledger, or a continually updated list of all transactions. This decentralized ledger keeps a record of each transaction that …

Cojoin

CoinJoin and SharedCoin

CoinJoin and SharedCoin: CoinJoin is an anonymization method for bitcoin transactions proposed by Gregory Maxwell. The following idea is behind CoinJoin: “When you want to make a payment, find someone …

Cryptocurrency

A cryptocurrency (or crypto currency) is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional …

Mixers

Mixers, Tumblers, Foggers

Mixing Service: Mixer, Tumbler, Fogger: A cryptocurrency tumbler or cryptocurrency mixing service is a service offered to mix potentially identifiable or ‘tainted’ cryptocurrency funds with others, with the intention of …

Multi-Input

Multi-input is a way of associating multiple addresses with a single individual or entity. This can help to group addresses into what is often called a “wallet address”. The way …

Transaction Graph

Transaction Graph

A transaction graph is a visual representation of one or more transactions and the addresses that sent and received bitcoins. A transaction graph can show how money is transferred between …