This page contains valuable resources to help navigate you through the basics of Bitcoin, smart contracts and other top projects, as well as help you avoid the common dangers of crypto.
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Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency developed in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto with a focus on security, decentralization and social scalability. Satoshi is a pseudonymous programmer or programmers. As a result of Bitcoin's decentralization, security, and trust-minimization, it has remained the #1 cryptocurrency by market cap in the industry.
Give the whitepaper a read: nakamotoinstitute.org/static/docs/bitcoin.pdf
And next, indulge in all the brilliant work that made Bitcoin possible: nakamotoinstitute.org/literature
Enjoy some light-hearted Satoshi material! satoshi.nakamotoinstitute.org
Brief introduction of the Lightning Network, a layer 2 scaling solution for Bitcoin and other chains: lightning.network
A brief introduction into smart contracts: wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_contract
The number #2 project in crypto, Ethereum, is a layer 1 blockchain with a powerful virtual machine that allows the creation of smart contracts. Its token standard, ERC-20, has allowed numerous projects like Chainlink and Uniswap to create massive ecosystems built on the Ethereum mainnet.
The basics of Ethereum's network structure and various other resources: ethereum.org/en/learn
The Dangers of Crypto
This article provides find an in depth overview of the various crypto scams discussed below.
Faketoshis and Bitcoin Scams:
He is an Australian con artist who was forced to flee his home country after falsifying supercomputer research in exchange for tax credits. He then began to publicly claim in 2016 that he was Satoshi Nakamoto, but has only provided forged documents as evidence.
Here are the best places to explore why Craig Wright is NOT the creator of Bitcoin:
Timeline of Craig Wright's fraud and debunking by investigative journalist Arthur van Pelt: seekingsatoshi.weebly.com
coincontroversy.com of course :)
BSV (Bitcoin Satoshi Vision)
BSV is a Bitcoin cash fork started by Craig Wright and shady online casino businessman Calvin Ayre. The extremely low exchange support and court lawsuits shows its true nature. We actively cover BSV as long as it is alive.
Arthur van Pelt writes excellent articles on BSV's continued fraud: mylegacykit.medium.com
Beware of Calvin Ayre's BSV propaganda arm: coingeek.com. Notice their repeated attempts at claiming BSV is Bitcoin, including the Google results, despite it being a fork of Bitcoin Cash.
Learn about Calvin Ayre's life and prior scams
Jurgen Debo is a Twitter faketoshi using backdated PGP keys. Beware of donation requests, shilling attempts at various products, and alt accounts: twitter.com/realSatoshiN
Twitter Scam Bots
BNB Chain Scams
The CryptoMoonShots subreddit, where bots post scam tokens:
Other Helpful Resources
The Best Crypto News Aggregators
*note: this page is updated with more resources over time