Who I am
My name is Julien Croy, I am a student blogger from the smallest state in the country, Rhode Island. Writing about Bitcoin and internet security is one of my favorite interests, every weekend I find something new to write about. The majority of my free time I spend finding out new things that are happening in the Bitcoin world, messing around with various security software, Linux and of course taking care of my websites bitvoid.net and jcite.com.
Bitcoin and Me
I first discovered Bitcoin in the beginning of my freshman year of high school in 2011. At the time, Bitcoin was just another cool fad for me, the main reason – I hadn’t discovered that I really enjoy everything about the internet. The main reason I never got into Bitcoin in 2011 was because it was fairly hard to get into,especially if you were a minor or didn’t have the technical skill needed to mine. Of course you could buy Bitcoin at a few exchanges, but being a minor meant the only way I was going to do that was with my parents help. Of course they didn’t want to have to give any information out due to it almost having no publicity and almost considered a scam. I understand why, even today I’m extremely reluctant to give out my SSN and bank account information to a Bitcoin exchange because so many of them end of getting hacked. If I can keep my information to a minimum, I have less to lose if one does get hacked. Eventually I did get myself some bitcoins, I spent a few hours waiting for the blockchain to sync up and watched some ads on a bitcoin faucet. But it was all for nothing, a little while later I lost my wallet and the coins it contained. At the time I thought it was no big deal, now I always make sure I have backed up my wallet. Now a few years later, I read about Bitcoin again and decided to learn a lot more about Bitcoin. After finally finding a exchange that seemed good to use, I was able to get my hands on a small percentage of a bitcoin with Coinbase. Now i’m using Circle and checking all the Bitcoin related news that I can.
When I first got into Bitcoin, it was just a cool way to make money (Buy low – Sell high). Now as I learn more and more about it, I have begun to realize the huge potential it has. This is one reason I write about Bitcoin ( other than the fact that its an awesome piece of technology). I also write about anything related to because bringing awareness about security can increase the safety of everyone on the web. One example of this is people keeping large amounts of bitcoin in exchange hot wallets. Hot wallets are often insecure and its generally not a good idea to keep a large amount of money in hot wallets due to that. But many people don’t know this and end up losing money, this hurts Bitcoins reputation overall and causes large amounts of people to lose money.
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Thanks Jason Benjamin for the header photo, one of my favorite photos!