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Cryptocurrency: An Introduction to its Origins and Mechanics

In this free online course, learn the basics behind cryptocurrency, from its origins to its mechanics and legality.

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This free online cryptocurrency course introduces the basics behind digital currencies, looking at origins of cryptocurrency and the different types of currency available. It also delves into the blockchain technology that makes it possible and the legality of using it across the world. So if you are interested in using cryptocurrencies for purchases, mining or getting involved in trading and investments, then this course is a great way to start.
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This free online cryptocurrency course content introduces you to the basic concepts of cryptocurrency and begins by explaining what digital currencies are, as well as exploring their origins and the blockchain technology which makes them possible. You will then be introduced to the properties, ransomware and malware connected to cryptocurrency. During the course you will also learn about development, prices and different types of digital currencies and what they offer. Plus, you will be guided in how to go about choosing a currency which best suits your needs and how to exchange cryptocurrencies.

The cryptocurrency training course then takes a deeper dive into the mechanics of how cryptocurrencies work, from their virtually anonymous nature to the technology that they are built upon. It also looks at more ways to do further in-depth research of a particular currency. Finally the course looks at the legal situation of cryptocurrencies, both in the UK and around the world. You will learn how they are treated for tax purposes and how governments may begin to impose further regulations on their use as digital currencies become more widespread and mainstream.

This free cryptocurrency training course, which also features optional activities to help further your learning, will be of great interest to anyone who wants to know more about cryptocurrencies and will give you a base to progress to further study and take your first steps into the world of digital currencies. With cryptocurrency increasing in legitimacy and becoming a bigger part of mainstream life all the time, understanding what it is and how cryptocurrencies can be used has never been more important. So start your learning journey today.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the basics of cryptocurrency, including definitions of key terms
  • Outline how blockchain technology works and how it is related to cryptocurrency
  • Describe the properties of cryptocurrency transactions
  • Explain how cryptocurrency is developed
  • Describe the types and most popular forms of cryptocurrency
  • Explain how to choose which cryptocurrency is right for you
  • Explain the difference between pseudonymous transactions and anonymous ones
  • Summarise information about cryptography and its applications to cryptocurrency
  • Explain the definition and importance of hashing
  • Describe the way the UK treats cryptocurrency for tax purposes
  • Discuss proposed and suggested regulations regarding cryptocurrency in the UK


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