What is Ether?
Ether (ETH) is the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain. ETH is used as a mode of payment to available services or applications within the Ethereum ecosystem. It is also a global digital currency that anyone can use to pay anyone on the internet.
History of Ethereum
Ethereum was developed as a potential solution to the shortcomings of the Bitcoin network and was proposed in 2013 by Vitalik Buterin. After initial feedback on the concept, Buterin and the founding team publicly announced its development in 2014. Soon after the announcement, Ethereum conducted a crowd sale of ETH and raised US$18.4 million for network developments and operations.
The founders launched the test version of the network, or testnet, in 2015. Almost a month after the launch of the testnet, they launched the first mainnet version of Ethereum on June 30, 2015. The fully functional Ethereum network was later launched in March 2016.
What is ETH used for?
Ether (ETH) is a global digital currency that has the same value all over the world. Unlike banks, ETH transactions do not involve intermediaries, making the transactions faster, more secure, and cost-effective. Anyone can use ETH to make payments anywhere in the world. Many online and brick and mortar stores accept ETH as a means of payment.
ETH is also the native currency of the Ethereum ecosystem. Network users can use ETH to use DApps on Ethereum or pay for services of any kind within the ecosystem. It is also one of the most common cryptocurrencies used in the decentralized finance (DeFi) sphere — a new financial system built on the blockchain.
What are Ethereum DApps?
Ethereum integrated the concept of self-executing contracts called smart contracts to blockchain. Developers can create smart contracts with varied functionalities that operate applications within the decentralized ecosystem. These apps deployed over blockchains are called decentralized applications or DApps.
They can have all the functionalities of a traditional application but they are based on top of a decentralized network. This means, once a DApp is deployed, no central entity can control its operation. All proposed changes must be voted upon by the community members.
What are Ethereum Nodes?
As a decentralized network, the transactions on Ethereum are authenticated by computer systems distributed throughout the world. These computer systems that help authenticate transactions in a decentralized network are called nodes, or cryptocurrency miners.
To become a node in the current Ethereum network, i.e. Ethereum 1.0, a user must download the complete Ethereum blockchain data and run the Ethereum application on their system. Upon completing the setup, they can start verifying transactions and adding new blocks to the network.
What is Proof-of-Stake?
Blockchain networks do not rely on central entities to settle transactions or record data. As an alternative, they use consensus algorithms. These consensus algorithms are defined steps coded into a blockchain that nodes must follow to approve the requested transactions on the network.
Proof-of-stake (PoS) is one such consensus protocol. It was developed as an alternative to the first blockchain consensus protocol, proof-of-work (PoW). In a PoS protocol, the nodes of a blockchain stake the network’s native token to gain rights to authenticate transactions. At fixed intervals, the blockchain network randomly chooses a set of nodes to approve new sets of transactions.
The set of chosen nodes collectively authenticate the transactions and add the block of transactions to the blockchain. The blockchain then rewards each of the nodes with the native blockchain currency. Each node receives a reward proportional to the amount they have staked in the network.
Proof-of-stake mitigates the inherent shortcomings of PoW such as lack of scalability, high cost of operation, and extremely high energy consumption.
I buy Ether because not only is it a token that can be used globally, the Ethereum blockchain also has real-world utility.Davis J
What is the difference between Ethereum 1.0 and Ethereum 2.0?
Ethereum 1.0 launched in 2015 and has since used the proof-of-work consensus protocol for network operation. Since its launch, its founders aimed to eventually transition the Ethereum network from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS) protocol.
The major difference between Ethereum 1.0 and Ethereum 2.0 is that the former uses the PoW protocol while the latter uses the PoS protocol. While Ethereum 1.0 can only process up to 15 transactions per second, Ethereum 2.0 may be able to process almost 100,000 transactions every second if there’s ever a need for it. As Ethereum 2.0 will use PoS instead of PoW, it will also consume significantly lower electricity for operation.
What is the difference between Ethereum and Ether (ETH)?
Ethereum is a blockchain-based platform that allows developers to create any decentralized applications on one platform. Ether (ETH) is a digital currency that powers the Ethereum network by paying for transaction fees and other services.
How can Canadians get ETH?
How do I buy Ethereum in Canada (BTC to CAD)?
Buying Ethereum (ETH) in Canada can be done through a cryptocurrency exchange such as NDAX, a peer-to-peer trade, or at an Ethereum ATM. However, using platforms such as NDAX will allow for affordable, safe, and fast transactions.
|0.001 ETH||3.2 CAD|
|0.005 ETH||16 CAD|
|0.01 ETH||32 CAD|
|0.05 ETH||160 CAD|
|0.1 ETH||320 CAD|
|0.5 ETH||1600 CAD|
|1 ETH||3200 CAD|
|5 ETH||16000 CAD|
|10 ETH||32000 CAD|
|50 ETH||160000 CAD|
|1 CAD||0.0003125 ETH|
|10 CAD||0.003125 ETH|
|20 CAD||0.00625 ETH|
|50 CAD||0.015625 ETH|
|100 CAD||0.03125 ETH|
|500 CAD||0.15625 ETH|
|1000 CAD||0.3125 ETH|
|5000 CAD||1.5625 ETH|
|10000 CAD||3.125 ETH|
|50000 CAD||15.625 ETH|
How do I store Ethereum?
It is highly recommended that you always store Ethereum (ETH) in a cryptocurrency hardware wallet. However, at NDAX we have all the security measures in place to allow you to safely store your cryptocurrency on our platform. See NDAX Security. For cold wallets, check out Ledger or Trezor for your hardware wallet needs.