What Is Zcash?
With shielded addresses, Zcash provides enhanced security and privacy through its use of decentralized blockchain and advanced applied cryptography. This happens with the use of shielded addresses. Like Bitcoin, Zcash was originally developed on a completely open-source platform.
The majority of cryptocurrencies prior to Zcash were pseudonymous. This is also the case for both Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC). Generally, this means that the amount that’s exchanged between users, and the addresses from which they receive the funds are recorded on the blockchain and everyone can see them.
As a consequence, all Zcash transactions are recorded by the blockchain. However, they are encrypted and are visible only to users who are granted access.
Zcash: The great beginning
Zcash was introduced to the crypto market on October 28th, 2016 by the Electronic Coin Company (ECC). Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, an expert in information security and cryptography, founded the company. Prominent organizations such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Tel Aviv University, and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, collaborated with him on establishing the Zcash protocol. For its development, ECC raised more than $3 million.
The exact amount of Zcash coins that can be mined is limited to 21 million, the same as for Bitcoin. The price of Zcash or ZEC (ticker symbol of the coin) is purely determined by various macroeconomic factors and the general dynamic of the crypto market.
Is Zcash fully anonymous?
When Zcash was launched in 2016, it introduced the concept of “shielded addresses”. Such addresses encrypt the transactions and other data stored on the blockchain. Nevertheless, Zcash’s anonymous addresses come in two varieties:
- transparent addresses (which appear on the blockchain).
- shielded addresses (which don’t).
The users may choose which option to use. Additionally, people can make transactions between addresses of both types, although this adds an additional layer of privacy considerations.
What you should know about Zcash’s protocol?
Zcash functions like other cryptocurrencies except for its privacy features. Both shielded and unshielded Zcash transactions are verified by nodes and recorded on the blockchain. The blockchain is secured by a network of computers running a protocol called Equihash that calculates how much RAM miners are devoting to the process.
This is why weaker mining hardware can be used for Zcash’s system. The minimized need for specialized mining equipment leaves space for ordinary people to join the network. The major mining companies, however, have developed Zcash mining machines which gave them the upper hand from 2018.
A lot of traders get into cryptocurrencies by simply putting money into them – that is, buying the actual digital currency coins. However, there are downsides to this. Processing times for buying a cryptocurrency are slower than the instant fills that typify a trade made on a broker platform. Trading Zcash as a CFD has its pros and cons.