How Does Bitcoin Mining Work?
What is Bitcoin mining actually doing?
Miners are securing the network and confirming Bitcoin transactions.
Miners are paid rewards for their service every 10 minutes in the form of new bitcoins.
What is Bitcoin Mining Actually Doing?
What is the point of Bitcoin mining? This is something we’re asked everyday!
There are many aspects and functions of Bitcoin mining and we’ll go over them here. They are:
- Issuance of new bitcoins
- Confirming transactions
Mining Is Used to Issue new Bitcoins
Traditional currencies–like the dollar or euro–are issued by central banks. The central bank can issue new units of money ay anytime based on what they think will improve the economy.
Bitcoin is different.
With Bitcoin, miners are rewarded new bitcoins every 10 minutes.
The issuance rate is set in the code, so miners cannot cheat the system or create bitcoins out of thin air. They have to use their computing power to generate the new bitcoins.
Miners Confirm Transactions
Miners include transactions sent on the Bitcoin network in their blocks.
A transaction can only be considered secure and complete once it is included in a block.
Miners Secure the Network
Miners secure the Bitcoin network by making it difficult to attack, alter or stop.
The more miners that mine, the more the secure the network.
The only way to reverse Bitcoin transactions is to have more than 51% of the network hash power. Distributed hash power spread among many different miners keeps Bitcoin secure and safe.