A string of characters that represents a specific wallet on the blockchain. It is similar to a bank account, and also referred to as a public key.
The distribution of cryptocurrency tokens to the wallets of users. Airdrops are usually organized by blockchain-based startups, and they reward users with tokens in exchange for publicity (usually in the form of social media interaction).
A set of laws and regulations that are meant to prevent the laundering of money obtained from illegal activities.
A code that allows one application to pull data/information from another. For example, if we were to display the weather in our platform’s dashboard, an API would give us access to that data directly.
A circuit created with a specific purpose. In the case of cryptocurrencies, that purpose is mining.
The buying and selling of cryptocurrencies over different markets to make a profit from the price difference.
An ASIC-resistant cryptocurrency is a coin whose protocol blocks (or renders useless) the usage of ASIC miners.
The practice of comparing business processes and performance against industry best practices in order to determine the quality of the tested product/business.
Commonly known records, the blocks contain information on transactions. Together, all the blocks form the blockchain.
A reward offered by a business or an individual to incentivize users to perform certain tasks.
A CPU is the central core of every device (computer, smartphone, or tablet). The CPU handles the basic operations of a device, and allocates the more complex ones to other components.
The total number of a specific cryptocurrency that is publicly available at the moment.
The cloud is a network of servers that runs on the Internet (instead of locally) and that is used as a storage point for data.
Represents the usage of remote data center with shared processing power in order to mine Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. The processing power is owned, maintained, and contracted to customers by mining companies. Customers are able to register and buy contracts and mine a coin without investing in their own mining infrastructure.
An independent agency of the US government that is charged with regulating futures and option markets.
A cryptocurrency is a form of digital currency designed to work as a medium of exchange.
An application that runs on a distributed network of computers instead of a single central computer.
A cryptocurrency exchange which operates without a central authority, allowing peer-to-peer trading of cryptocurrencies.
An attack in which a user purposely a software or a network with knowledge of certain flaws, so he can later exploit them for malicious actions.
When the price of an asset and a certain technical indicator are heading in opposite directions.
A crucial advice in the crypto world. Always do your own research; don’t just follow what the others say.
The act of investing fixed amounts of money (dollars) over a period of time, regardless of the price of the asset.
When the majority of a network’s users are malicious and monopolize the network in order to abuse it for their own benefit.
The action of purchasing an asset while its value is declining, with hopes that the price will rise after a while.
In the cryptocurrency market, a faucet it’s an app or a website based on reward system, giving away small units of crypto coins. The users can obtain the rewards from claiming, completing a captcha, or a task described on the website. The most popular faucets are based on Satoshi (for Bitcoin) and Wei (for Ethereum).
The assurance of guarantee that completed (cryptocurrency) transactions cannot be altered, reversed or canceled.
A program that completely validates transactions and blocks, fulfilling the attributions of a miner.
A unit used on the Ethereum network to measure the computational work of running transactions and smart contracts.
When the block reward of a crypto asset, such as Bitcoin, drops to one-half of what it was before; this is used to create a decaying rate of insurance to arrive at an eventual finite supply of a crypto asset.
The maximum amount of funds a project aims to raise during their funding campaign (ICO/IEO/STO).
Refers to a radical change to a network’s protocol, a modification in a previous block that requires all nodes or users to upgrade to the latest version. The hard fork creates a permanent divergence from the previous version of the blockchain, creating a new path that continues along with the old path.
The values returned by hash function. Also known as hash values, hash codes, or digests. Contrary to popular belief, in the crypto world, hashes have nothing to do with hash browns.
The process where a computer takes an input of data (generally transactions) and with the help of a mathematical formula turns it into an alpha-numeric string of characters.
The speed at which a mining rig is able to calculate new hashes, generally measured in seconds.
Refers to a special feature that is used to create smart contracts that are able to modify payment channels.
A token sale organized by a start-up in order to raise funds for the project.
A token sale organized by a start-up with the help of an exchange platform.
The blockchain where the transactions are being made, verified, and recorded. The main network.
The total trading value of a crypto coin, calculating by multiplying the supply of tokens with the current price.
A PC wallet or crypto coin node that is used as a Proof-of-Service algorithm to protect a real-time copy of the blockchain.
A structure that allows for the efficient and secure verification of content in a large body of data. Also known as a hash tree.
The verification of transactions on a blockchain network, in which transactions are added as entries into the blockchain ledger.
A point in the blockchain network. All the nodes on the network are connected to one another and ensure its integrity.
A piece of paper which acts as a wallet, holding the public and private keys of a user.
Refers to a network of computers that are connected to each other via the internet, allowing them to directly share files between them.
Also referred to as a stablecoin, a pegged currency is a currency that has a value fixed to a designated asset. For example, 1 stablecoin = 1 USD.
An attack where a ill-intended user will attempt to obtain the credentials of a users so he can gain access to his account.
An off-chain solution that tries to increase the performance of the Ethereum network by creating a tree-like structure of numerous smaller chains.
Also known as a Pyramid Scheme, the Ponzi Scheme is a fraud where the investor’s funds are used to pay previous investors.
In asymmetric encryption, it represents a secret code used to encrypt and decrypt data. The private key is known only by its owner and works much like a PIN or a password.
A mechanism that rewards users who validate blocks based on the amount of coins they stake.
A mechanism that rewards users who validate blocks by using pure computational power to decrypt their hash value.
A malicious attack that takes over a user’s computer, locks his system, and threatens to delete all of his data unless a ransom is paid.
A technical indicator that rates the historical strength or weakness of a stock or a market, based on the closing prices of a recent trading period.
A measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment. ROI is calculated by dividing the net profit of an investment by the cost of the investment.
A process that separates transaction signatures from Bitcoin transactions, increasing the size limit of a block.
Is a concept that describes the situation when a wealthy trader or group (commonly known as whales) performs a huge sell order or multiple large sell orders at a specific price. This action is done in order to control the market and prevent sell orders from executing at a higher price than the desired value.
A computer protocol intended to digitally facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract. Smart contracts allow the performance of credible transactions without third parties.
Refers to a change in a network’s protocol, a modification in a previous block that requires only a majority of nodes or users to upgrade to the latest version in order to validate it. The soft fork creates a temporary divergence from the previous version of the blockchain. The previous version doesn’t continue on a separate path, and the users who don’t upgrade remain in orphan blocks.
Computer code responsible for defining how software works based on a list of instructions.
Cryptocurrency designed to offer little volatility and maintain price stability. Stablecoins are usually backed by a reserve asset, fiat money, or to exchange-traded commodities.
The process of assigning a certain amount of coin to validate new blocks in a POS consensus mechanism with the goal of gaining cryptocurrency rewards as transaction fees.
A commodity, currency, or asset with low volatility that can be traded at a future date without depreciation.
A network of people and companies involved in a business relationship which leads to the creation and distribution of a final product.
A testing network for a decentralized project, which allows testing of experimental features.
Setting a time period in which the tokens or coins are not allowed to be sold or transferred, in order to prevent a drastic fall of the token price which happens shortly afterward the crowdsale.
A means of fundraising for crypto-currency projects by the trading a token for cryptocurrency, before it reaches the final stage and goes on the mainnet.
Transaction identification code used for determining transactions in the blockchain. It’s also referred as transaction hash.
Refers to the affective, experiential, meaningful, practical and valuable aspects of human–computer interaction in order to improve the user's satisfaction with a product by focusing on its usability.
Refers to the human-computer interaction and communication in a device. It ensures that the product looks good, and users can understand at a glance what every element does.
Emulation of a computer system designed to provide the features of a computer architecture.
Software programs that store the public and private keys. They function a lot like a bank account, allowing the user to track the balance and make transactions, all from one place.