zcash is httpsIf Bitcoin is like http for money, Zcash is https. Zcash offers total payment confidentiality, while still maintaining a decentralized network using a public blockchain. Unlike Bitcoin, Zcash transactions can be shielded to hide the sender, recipient, and value of all transactions on the blockchain. Only those with the correct view key can see the contents. Users have complete control and can opt-in to provide others with their view key at their discretion. Zcash transactions do not depend on the cooperation of other parties. Zcash encrypts the contents of shielded transactions. Since the payment information is encrypted, the protocol uses a novel cryptographic method to verify their validity. Zcash uses a zero-knowledge proof construction called a zk-SNARK, developed by the Zcash team of experienced cryptographers.

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Name Zcash
Symbol / Tag ZEC
Genesis Block Created Monday, August 20, 2009 01:19:16 GMT
Hashing Algorithm Equihash
Validation System Proof-of-Work
Block Time 2.5 Minutes
Total Coins to be Issued 21,000,000
Source Code Github
Website https://z.cash
Forum https://forum.z.cash
Downloads Linux, Mac, Windows

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To get started with Zcash you first need to download a wallet for your particular device and operating system. A Zcash wallet stores your private keys and enables you to send and receive ZEC. Please visit our guide where we explain the best practices you can implement to help keep your holdings secure. You can choose between desktop, mobile, web or hardware wallets designed for a variety of operating systems below:

freewallet
Freewallet’s apps represent easy to use mobile wallets that allow potential users to familiarize themselves with popular cryptocurrencies, without delving into specific technical features and complex settings.

The easiest way to buy Zcash is through a cryptocurrency exchange. There exist a variety of exchanges where you can trade Zcash for Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Below you’ll find exchanges currently trading ZEC:

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Built and operated in the United States, Bittrex is the next generation crypto trading platform created by security professionals with more than 50 years of combined security and development expertise.

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Founded in January 2014 and based in the United States, Poloniex is a leading digital asset exchange offering a wide variety of digital assets.

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