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Bitcoin technology faces split, may create clone virtual currency called the Bitcoin Cash

The hottest news in the cryptocurrency industry right now is that the Bitcoin blockchain will be split into two.



Potentially providing a windfall for holders of the digital currency, Bitcoins underlying software code could be split, to create a clone called the ”Bitcoin Cash.”

This initiative is being led by a small group of mostly China-based Bitcoin miners that get paid in the currency for contributing computing power to the Bitcoin network. Since they are not happy with the proposed improvements to the currency’s technology, they have initiated whats known as ‘Bitcoin Fork’ that is set to be activated on August 1.

Bitcoin Fork is where a blockchain, a public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions, splits into 2 potential paths. So basically if you have a balance in Bitcoin right now, then you would have the exact same balance in Bitcoin Cash.

A new digital currency is about to be created as the bitcoin blockchain is forced to split in two. (Source)

There has been some negative press and rumors that people might have their Bitcoins banished and lose a lot of value, but there is nothing to worry about, at least not for now.

For all the Bitcoin owners out there, it’s very important to understand this phenomenon because something like this can alter the future of your valuable assets, and it makes sense to be prepared.

What this effectively means is that if you have access to your ‘private key’ such as a paper wallet or Bitcoin wallets on your computer or phone, then you are going to be fine and be able to spend your Bitcoins in both of the two currencies. However, if you have your Bitcoins on an exchange or in an online wallet, then you are going to depend on the policy of the company in question. They might, of course, allow you to spend the Bitcoins in both places, but then again they might not and simply pick a favorite, so it’s all up to them.

Here are some tips to help you protect your valuable Bitcoins and get the best out of  this possible transition:

  • If possible, try to avoid Bitcoin transactions on August 1, because you never know what could happen and the last thing you want is having your Bitcoin stuck in limbo due to all sorts of potential glitches
  • Try keeping your coins in your own wallet (on a computer, phone or tablet, or in paper wallets)
  • If you insist on keeping your Bitcoins at exchanges or in online wallets, make sure to do your due diligence and find out what kind of a policy the company in question has in the event of a fork

The main issue that fueled the Bitcoin Fork is the fact that Bitcoin as a network is too slow and expensive. For example, the Bitcoin network can right now handle around 6 transactions per second which is ridiculously low compared to Visa that can process 1,600 per second. So definitely something had to be done in order to make the whole network more efficient and powerful, taking into consideration the growing popularity of this virtual currency.

This type of hardboard split has happened before with Etherium which resulted in two currencies: Etherium and Etherium Classic.

With an international experience in research and analysis, Magdalena joins the team of Born2Invest as the new in-house head of product research and financial analysis as well as a contributor to the website. She obtained her bachelor degree in Business and Economics in her hometown Skopje-Macedonia, and a master degree in Electronic Business Management. As a talented and dedicated student, Magdalena had the opportunity to work abroad in the USA and Mexico complementing her curriculum with valuable skills and know-how, while being part of some prestigious companies in her professional career. With her love for reading and writing, she is one creative individual with a strong opinion on current developments and trending topics from business and financial point of view.