The beauty of Bitcoin is the stability and security of its blockchain, or its public ledger of transactions. Considered virtually unhackable, the Bitcoin blockchain is bolstered by a series of checks and balances within its community: miners are decentralized and located around the world, nodes that store the blockchain run software that ensures transactions align to Bitcoin protocol (and if they don’t, they’re rejected), the proof of work consensus says that only new blocks can be created after agreement from the network, and the blockchain is constructed in such a way that transactions are permanent and can’t be altered. …Read more
Crypto mining is the method by which Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency transactions are verified and added to the blockchain. This can be done by anyone with mining hardware — from independent individuals to scaled cloud mining facilities. These crypto miners run the “proof of work” math on their computers to verify crypto transactions, and when they add a block to the blockchain, they are rewarded for their work with newly created Bitcoin, as well as transaction fees. Without crypto mining, there would be no Bitcoin, no blockchain — and especially no decentralization to the entire system.