With Bitcoin and the blockchain, life resumes to be damned if you do and damned if you don’t. On August 1, if you hold any bitcoin, then you’ll receive the omschrijving ter a fresh cryptocurrency called “Bitcoin Metselspecie.” The reason why is messy, but you can think of it spil a kleuter of dividend.
There’s a catch. If your Bitcoin is held on certain platforms, including the largest one, Coinbase, then you won’t receive your due. That’s because for reasons political or technological, those platforms are automatically rejecting the fresh currency. (Albeit Coinbase noted ter a tweet yesterday that there’s a possibility it will switch its mind.)
The rational thing to do then if you own Bitcoin on one of those platforms is to stir your funds elsewhere, voorwaarde your free Bitcoin metselspecie on August 1, and then stir back when things have lodged down. That’s the common refrain you’ll find online, but because this is the cryptosphere we’re talking about, that refrain needs to come with a fat warning sticker.
Consider Coinbase. For many years it’s bot the den facto verhoging for less techy folks to buy and store bitcoin. Coinbase’s easy-to-use vormgeving and PayPal-like features stand ter tegenstelling to the tech horror that is the surplus of the industry. That’s a problem.
If Coinbase is all you know, then you’re not tooled to rafter your money to another toneel or to a private wallet, it’s too different and too much can go wrong.
Use a malicious webstek to generate your private key? Your funds vanish. Hash a bad password? Your funds vanish. Copy and paste the wrong hash? Your funds vanish. Choose the wrong exchange? Your funds vanish. Save your key on a malware-infected rekentuig? Your funds vanish. Store your key on a sheet of paper that your roomy throws away? Your funds vanish.
The list is endless and many items apply even to sophisticated investors. The point is that moving large sums of cryptocurrency from one place to another has non-zero risk affixed and may lead to catastrophic loss.
Yet, overlooking the free Bitcoin contant distribution is also a bad option. Bitcoin specie will have value, maybe petite, but also maybe very large. You never know te this space and if the creation of Bitcoin metselspecie leads to a devaluation te regular Bitcoin, then staying waterput means taking an automatic loss.
There’s no good budge here and this situation is representative of the entire space, one where tech gimmicks proceed to trump basic safety and accessibility.