The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
NOTE: This article contains no information relating to genealogy. Instead, it is a computer and financial topic I find interesting and I would suggest that it may interest many other computer owners. I decided to share it here in case anyone else is interested.
A new form of digital currency has appeared recently. It has been available for about two years but was previously known to only a handful of hard-core computer enthusiasts. In the past few months publicity has increased, and now thousands of computer users are using this new payment method to purchase everything from coffee and doughnuts to illegal drugs or to pay for charitable donations or for online gambling, an area where the U.S. Government is already trying to control the actions of private citizens.
In many cases this new currency can replace cash, checks, money orders, or credit cards. In other words, it is just like U.S. dollars or Euros or most any other form of currency. It is secure (although with some major caveats to be described later), anonymous, and, so far, is free of government snooping or intervention.
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