What does it mean to Mine Crypto?
Crypto is a secure digital asset that lives on the blockchain and miners are the ones that secure that make that happen.
Miners use computers to find blocks and get rewarded in that coin for their efforts.
Cryptocurrency mining might sound like something you do with a shovel and a hard hat but it’s actually more like accounting. Miners are nodes that perform a special task that makes transactions possible. I’ll use an example to show you how it works using the Bitcoin network.
George owes Michael 10 BTC. George announces that he is sending Michael 10 BTC to the Bitcoin network.
Miners take the information and encrypt it. This is called hashing. To this information, they add other transaction information and hash that too. More and more information is added and hashed until there is enough to form a block.
The miners now race against each other to guess the encrypted code or block hash that will be given to the new block before it’s added to the blockchain. The lucky miner that guesses the right code gets to add the new block to the blockchain.
Now, all the other nodes on the network verify the transaction information in the new block. They check the whole blockchain to make sure that the new information matches. If it does, then the new block is valid, and the winning miner can add the new block to the blockchain. This is called confirmation.
Michael receives 10 BTC from George.
Mining cryptocurrency uses a lot of computer power, so miners are rewarded for the work they do. On the Bitcoin network, miners who confirm new blocks of information are rewarded with 12.5 BTC of new Bitcoin. This is why it’s called mining. Instead of mining for gold or coal crypto, miners are digging for new Bitcoin!
What is Crypto Mining For?
It’s the way cryptocurrency networks like Bitcoin verify and confirm new transactions. It stops double spending without the need to trust centralized accounting as banks do. Cryptocurrency blockchains aren’t secured by trust or people. They are secured by math done by computers!
Now you know how blockchains and crypto mining work. Next, I’ll tell you how you can join a cryptocurrency network…
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