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Zcash is the Coin of Choice for Edward Snowden

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Privacy coins are a hot topic in the current cryptocurrency environment. While governments across the globe look to regulate cryptocurrency trades, privacy coins are doing their best to maintain their anonymity. Coins like Monero and Dash use ring signatures and scrambled transactions respectively. However, Zcash uses a zero-knowledge proof algorithm to obfuscate transaction information. The strengths of each are up for debate, but famous whistle-blower Edward Snowden made his choice clear. Asked in a recent webcam appearance, Snowden commented;

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Zcash for me is the most interesting right now, because the privacy properties of it are truly unique,”

This is high praise from the former NSA agent who has become a major voice against the data harvesting that is now common on the Internet. Snowden released a treasure trove of NSA and US Intelligence services information in 2013. While he is a controversial figure, his whistle-blowing actions have forced a discussion on the illusion of privacy that society is currently experiencing.

Edward Snowden’s Unexpected Support

Snowden originally commented on Zcash back in September of 2017. He responded to a tweet that spoke of Zcash’s intense cryptographic credentials, which include both professional and academic developers. Snowden commented that he agreed with the user in question, but also added;

“Zcash’s privacy tech makes it the most interesting Bitcoin alternative. Bitcoin is great, but ‘if it’s not private, it’s not safe.’”

Taking into account Snowden’s life so far, it’s not hard to see why he would have such an opinion. He peered behind the curtain of the NSA and saw exactly the lengths to which they go to spy on the average citizen. Disgusted by what he saw, he began a clandestine mission to release information to the public. This resulted in one of the largest exposes on intelligence gathering in history. Since then, the United States and their allies forced him into hiding in Russia. From there, he maintains a presence on the Internet, advocating against the non-consensual gathering of personal data.

How Zcash Outperforms the Competition

Zcash is a relative newcomer to the field of privacy cryptocurrency if you compare it against front-runners Monero and Dash. All three have an impressive price, but Monero established itself as the cryptocurrency of the dark web. Their ring signature privacy metric helps hide transactions, while their mining algorithm prevents larger scale mining. This resulted in Monero mining software cropping up in malware – harvesting infected computers to mine the currency.

Dash is slightly more mainstream and is one of the first cryptocurrencies to offer real-world usability. Previously called DarkCoin, Dash has signed up dozens of merchants willing to use their cryptocurrency for purchases. Their ‘PrivateSend’ option also allows a theoretically scrambled transaction method that prevents tracing.

Snowden has expressed disbelief that Monero does enough to prevent traceability. Zcash’s cryptographically sound zero proof system is more effective in his eyes – and those of many investors. While Zcash is sitting at 25th in terms of total market cap, Monero and Dash currently lead at 11th and 12th, respectively. That may change with the upcoming hard forks in the Zcash blockchain.

‘Overwinter’ and the Zcash Road Map

The Zcash development team have made it very clear that they intend to use the ability to fork cryptocurrency to their advantage with system upgrades. Instead of soft forking the blockchain, Zcash will perform a full hard fork to the transitive ‘Overwinter’ network upgrade. The development team prefers to call the process a ‘network upgrade’ if only to avoid the confusion that results from using the hard fork terminology within the crypto-sphere.

Overwinter introduces several new features to the Zcash platform. Replay protection prevents transactions performed on the old chain from repeating on the new chain – critical for ensuring a complete transfer over to the new chain. Additionally, transaction expiry will be added and prevent user transactions from being trapped due to miner shortages. A transaction that is not performed in a timely manner will be kicked back to the sending user.

The major key of the Overwinter project is to prepare users for frequent ‘network upgrades.’ The development team hopes that Overwinter will lead directly into their new Sapling protocol in late 2018. If this upgrade goes smoothly, that won’t be a problem. If it doesn’t, they will have valuable data to ensure that the next upgrade performs better.

Zcash and the Market

While many people may have a poor opinion of Edward Snowden’s actions, no one can doubt his technological prowess. As such, his shining endorsement of Zcash is a sign that the development team is performing at a high level. Zcash has the same total supply as Bitcoin – and as such, their market cap can effectively be measured against Bitcoin’s own.

While still much lower, it would be unwise to suggest that Zcash cannot gain ground against the legacy chain. The current price per coin is $245, with a history of prices nearly three times that at the end of the past year. This would require the market to return to previous market cap levels, but very few people doubt that will happen eventually. Given the current nature of government regulation and cryptocurrency skepticism, Zcash could be a very safe investment moving forward.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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