Cryptocurrencies have brought with them many fantastic technological advancements. For example, the huge leaps in the prevention of fraud and identity theft. These are huge problems when it comes to the regular banking system and fiat currencies. So big in fact, that it is believed that businesses lose around 5% of their total revenue to fraud each and every year, and, over 16 million people were victims of identity theft in the US last year.

However, these problems are almost totally eradicated by blockchain and dagchain technologies. With a regular bank account, the bank will hold all your personal and banking information and provides you with a card to spend and withdraw cash.

All these can be compromised. Data can be stolen from the bank’s servers, criminals can intercept your bank letters, new card, etc in the post, and criminals can steal your card details both in-person and online. With cryptocurrencies, only the user has access to their personal information and money, and this information is also not provided when making a payment. Eliminating the chance for either your identity or money to be stolen at any turn.

However, we have got a bit ahead of ourselves here, because many of the great benefits of cryptocurrencies such as the one above are being lost by the many misconceptions about them. And, here in lies our topic for this week’s article.

What People Currently Think

It is very fair to say that over the last 10 years people have become increasingly aware of cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin. However, often for all the wrong reasons. Hardly a day goes by without a news story or criminal conviction regarding the use of cryptocurrencies to buy or sell illegal items on the dark web, such as the story regarding 2 businessmen who were using their own online cryptocurrency exchange business to launder the proceeds of marijuana sold on the dark web.

However, these are not the only negative stories seen by the public. Go back just two years to the euphoria that was being placed around Bitcoin and its ever-increasing price and the huge amounts of money that could be made by investing. Sadly, we all know how this ended. Despite reaching a high of almost $20,000 on the 17th of December 2017, just 5 days later, the price of Bitcoin had fallen to a little over $13,000. This tumbling price generated mass panic and sales of the coin, sending the price tumbling yet further, all the way to $6000 by the start of February – just 5 weeks later. Leading ultimately to many of those new investors losing money, some their entire life savings.

And in that comes the majority of people’s views about cryptocurrencies in general – their instability. It is this instability that draws in traders – people trying to profit from the fluctuations in the prices of these coins. Large coins like Bitcoin can go up or down many hundreds of dollars each day, and smaller altcoins potentially 100’s of percent.

So, what we have is a mass public who see cryptocurrencies as being used by those trying to avoid the law and by traders to make a fast buck. All leading people a long way from the original intention of these coins, to be…

A Better Form of Money

We mentioned above the increased security benefits that cryptocurrencies bring for their users, but that is not all. In our last post (Helping you get a Credit History), we wrote how the poorest 2 billion people in the world are unable to open a bank account because the banks simply do not see them as profitable. Cryptocurrencies give anyone with a smartphone the chance to use them. Giving people their first alternative to cash, and a safe place to store, save and spend their money. And, in the process, create a credit history that they can use to borrow if they wish. Providing billions of people with an opportunity to improve their lives without restrictions.

Because banks ultimately seek profits, this also makes them expensive to use. The cost of making a bank transfer can be anywhere from 1-5% along with a separate transaction fee. Cryptocurrency transactions cost anywhere from 0.1-1.5%, with no added fee. This means that people could save almost 5% per transaction. No small chunk of change!

We mentioned earlier how fraud costs businesses 5% of their total revenues, when you add the cost savings of using crypto (another 5%), a business in a loss (perhaps on the verge of bankruptcy or layoffs) could suddenly break even or make a profit. And, for those companies already in a profit, could result in better wages for employees and/or cheaper products for us – the end consumers. These reasons for using cryptos are fantastic, and there are a whole host more. To read more about the benefits of using cryptocurrencies click here.

Dagcoin takes this aim of a better form of currency and makes it a reality by removing the current fears held by the public. The volatility in prices caused by trading is removed simply by not making Dagcoin available on any trading platform – making it impossible to trade the coin. In turn, by making all transactions visible on its ledger it is much harder for criminals to hide their illegal activities and profits than any other cryptocurrency.

Conclusion

Cryptocurrencies bring with them many great technological advancements. However, these are all too often lost due to the misconceptions created by the media.

For the general public, their knowledge of cryptocurrencies revolves largely around the instability of prices, the huge gains or losses that could be made by trading or investing, and the convictions of those who are using them illegally to avoid detection when conducting criminal activities.

However, cryptocurrencies:

  • Provide a safer and more secure place to store and spend your money than that currently provided by the banks. Almost eliminating the threat of fraud and identity theft.
  • Cut the costs and time of bank transfers dramatically, transfer costs from as much as 5%, to less than 1%, and transfer times from days to just seconds.
  • Give 2 billion people denied an account by the banks because they are not seen as profitable an alternative to cash and a chance to build a credit history.

These are just some of a long list of reasons that confirm cryptocurrencies as a better form of money. The money of the future.

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