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Did Ethereum ever use wallet.dat?

I could've sworn this old wallet.dat file of mine was from some random mining I did very early on but figuring out how to access it has been a PITA.
Once a year or so I've been coming across the file in my backups but after a little searching for accessing it I give up. I downloaded Bitcoin and Litecoin core tried it there and no luck and I don't think I mined anything other than those and ETH.
Any help here would be appreciated! Thanks.
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Bitcoin Newcomers FAQ - Please read!

Welcome to the /Bitcoin Sticky FAQ

You've probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoin recently and are wondering what's the big deal? Most of your questions should be answered by the resources below but if you have additional questions feel free to ask them in the comments.
It all started with the release of the release of Satoshi Nakamoto's whitepaper however that will probably go over the head of most readers so we recommend the following videos for a good starting point for understanding how bitcoin works and a little about its long term potential:
Some other great resources include Lopp.net, the Princeton crypto series and James D'Angelo's Bitcoin 101 Blackboard series.
Some excellent writing on Bitcoin's value proposition and future can be found at the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute.
Some Bitcoin statistics can be found here and here. Developer resources can be found here. Peer-reviewed research papers can be found here.
Potential upcoming protocol improvements and scaling resources here and here.
The number of times Bitcoin was declared dead by the media can be found here (LOL!)

Key properties of Bitcoin

Where can I buy bitcoins?

Bitcoin.org and BuyBitcoinWorldwide.com are helpful sites for beginners. You can buy or sell any amount of bitcoin (even just a few dollars worth) and there are several easy methods to purchase bitcoin with cash, credit card or bank transfer. Some of the more popular resources are below, also check out the bitcoinity exchange resources for a larger list of options for purchases.
Here is a listing of local ATMs. If you would like your paycheck automatically converted to bitcoin use Bitwage.
Note: Bitcoins are valued at whatever market price people are willing to pay for them in balancing act of supply vs demand. Unlike traditional markets, bitcoin markets operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Preev is a useful site that that shows how much various denominations of bitcoin are worth in different currencies. Alternatively you can just Google "1 bitcoin in (your local currency)".

Securing your bitcoins

With bitcoin you can "Be your own bank" and personally secure your bitcoins OR you can use third party companies aka "Bitcoin banks" which will hold the bitcoins for you.
Note: For increased security, use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) everywhere it is offered, including email!
2FA requires a second confirmation code to access your account making it much harder for thieves to gain access. Google Authenticator and Authy are the two most popular 2FA services, download links are below. Make sure you create backups of your 2FA codes.
Google Auth Authy OTP Auth
Android Android N/A
iOS iOS iOS

Watch out for scams

As mentioned above, Bitcoin is decentralized, which by definition means there is no official website or Twitter handle or spokesperson or CEO. However, all money attracts thieves. This combination unfortunately results in scammers running official sounding names or pretending to be an authority on YouTube or social media. Many scammers throughout the years have claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin. Websites like bitcoin(dot)com and the btc subreddit are active scams. Almost all altcoins (shitcoins) are marketed heavily with big promises but are really just designed to separate you from your bitcoin. So be careful: any resource, including all linked in this document, may in the future turn evil. Don't trust, verify. Also as they say in our community "Not your keys, not your coins".

Where can I spend bitcoins?

Check out spendabit or bitcoin directory for millions of merchant options. Also you can spend bitcoin anywhere visa is accepted with bitcoin debit cards such as the CashApp card. Some other useful site are listed below.
Store Product
Gyft Gift cards for hundreds of retailers including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Whole Foods, CVS, Lowes, Home Depot, iTunes, Best Buy, Sears, Kohls, eBay, GameStop, etc.
Spendabit, Overstock and The Bitcoin Directory Retail shopping with millions of results
ShakePay Generate one time use Visa cards in seconds
NewEgg and Dell For all your electronics needs
Bitwa.la, Coinbills, Piixpay, Bitbill.eu, Bylls, Coins.ph, Bitrefill, LivingRoomofSatoshi, Coinsfer, and more Bill payment
Menufy, Takeaway and Thuisbezorgd NL Takeout delivered to your door
Expedia, Cheapair, Destinia, Abitsky, SkyTours, the Travel category on Gyft and 9flats For when you need to get away
Cryptostorm, Mullvad, and PIA VPN services
Namecheap, Porkbun Domain name registration
Stampnik Discounted USPS Priority, Express, First-Class mail postage
Coinmap and AirBitz are helpful to find local businesses accepting bitcoins. A good resource for UK residents is at wheretospendbitcoins.co.uk.
There are also lots of charities which accept bitcoin donations.

Merchant Resources

There are several benefits to accepting bitcoin as a payment option if you are a merchant;
If you are interested in accepting bitcoin as a payment method, there are several options available;

Can I mine bitcoin?

Mining bitcoins can be a fun learning experience, but be aware that you will most likely operate at a loss. Newcomers are often advised to stay away from mining unless they are only interested in it as a hobby similar to folding at home. If you want to learn more about mining you can read more here. Still have mining questions? The crew at /BitcoinMining would be happy to help you out.
If you want to contribute to the bitcoin network by hosting the blockchain and propagating transactions you can run a full node using this setup guide. If you would prefer to keep it simple there are several good options. You can view the global node distribution here.

Earning bitcoins

Just like any other form of money, you can also earn bitcoins by being paid to do a job.
Site Description
WorkingForBitcoins, Bitwage, Cryptogrind, Coinality, Bitgigs, /Jobs4Bitcoins, BitforTip, Rein Project Freelancing
Lolli Earn bitcoin when you shop online!
OpenBazaar, Purse.io, Bitify, /Bitmarket, 21 Market Marketplaces
/GirlsGoneBitcoin NSFW Adult services
A-ads, Coinzilla.io Advertising
You can also earn bitcoins by participating as a market maker on JoinMarket by allowing users to perform CoinJoin transactions with your bitcoins for a small fee (requires you to already have some bitcoins.

Bitcoin-Related Projects

The following is a short list of ongoing projects that might be worth taking a look at if you are interested in current development in the bitcoin space.
Project Description
Lightning Network Second layer scaling
Blockstream, Rootstock and Drivechain Sidechains
Hivemind and Augur Prediction markets
Tierion and Factom Records & Titles on the blockchain
BitMarkets, DropZone, Beaver and Open Bazaar Decentralized markets
JoinMarket and Wasabi Wallet CoinJoin implementation
Coinffeine and Bisq Decentralized bitcoin exchanges
Keybase Identity & Reputation management
Abra Global P2P money transmitter network
Bitcore Open source Bitcoin javascript library

Bitcoin Units

One Bitcoin is quite large (hundreds of £/$/€) so people often deal in smaller units. The most common subunits are listed below:
Unit Symbol Value Info
bitcoin BTC 1 bitcoin one bitcoin is equal to 100 million satoshis
millibitcoin mBTC 1,000 per bitcoin used as default unit in recent Electrum wallet releases
bit bit 1,000,000 per bitcoin colloquial "slang" term for microbitcoin (μBTC)
satoshi sat 100,000,000 per bitcoin smallest unit in bitcoin, named after the inventor
For example, assuming an arbitrary exchange rate of $10000 for one Bitcoin, a $10 meal would equal:
For more information check out the Bitcoin units wiki.
Still have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below or stick around for our weekly Mentor Monday thread. If you decide to post a question in /Bitcoin, please use the search bar to see if it has been answered before, and remember to follow the community rules outlined on the sidebar to receive a better response. The mods are busy helping manage our community so please do not message them unless you notice problems with the functionality of the subreddit.
Note: This is a community created FAQ. If you notice anything missing from the FAQ or that requires clarification you can edit it here and it will be included in the next revision pending approval.
Welcome to the Bitcoin community and the new decentralized economy!
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This is going to sound stupid but...

A long while ago, as in approximately a decade ago. I was just killing time and reading articles. Bitcoin was pretty new and was reading about how people were mining with computers. Bitcoin was maybe a few months to a couple years old at the time.
I was reading an article and within the article there was a link to a new coin company that was trying to acquire clients by giving free coin just for setting up an account.
I was like, meh, why not? And did. And that's as far as it went. Divorce happened. Time passed and as far as I know, they're still 'out there' somewhere.
Lately, I've been wanting to try to locate them. I remember a file was saved to my PC. And therein lays my question.
Does anyone know file extensions I should search my old, archived drives for?
It's totally possible it was on one of the drives the failed or on one PC's that was stolen but still, it may be on one of like 15 IDE drives in a box.
Any help would be appreciated.
Edit: If I remember correctly, it was 10 Bitcoin.
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Safest Bitcoin Wallets in 2 scenarios: home and travelling - what's your solution?

Hello,
I searched the /Bitcoin Reddit about this topic, but I only found pretty old discussions. I have two scenarios for which I'd like to pick the safest solution:
1) Bitcoin storage wallet at home: at the moment I am using a hardware Trezor that I keep with me all the time (also when traveling), but next time I'll leave home I want to leave it at home. I am not tied to Trezor devices, so what do you think is the safest solution to keep Bitcoin at home? I mean both the wallet and where to keep the recovery seed and/or the private keys. I am not a big fan of cold/paper wallets as they are cumbersome to use when it's time to move the coins, but hey I am open to any solution in the end.
2) Bitcoin wallet when travelling: at the moment, as mentioned in #1, I am travelling with my Trezor all the time but I don't like it, as I know that physical attack on a Trezor it's not that hard in case I lose it. Hence, I prefer to keep the majority of BTC at home while having a small amount with me when traveling. What do you think is the safest (but still usable) solution when traveling?
Any feedback and constructive discussion is welcome!
Thanks.
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Bitcoin lost password private key, recovery process after 5 years.

Bitcoin lost password private key, recovery process after 5 years.

https://preview.redd.it/a1tgkbr8w0231.jpg?width=4656&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=85f9899eb346a57ec1ea43fec764a39cbd601776
These are private keys I created in 2014, than forgot the password.
I was looking for help in web, someone who could crack it and I found Dave.
https://walletrecoveryservices.com/
Ive sent him details and he manage to crack password really quick, in a week, recovering all my money.
Highly recomended service.
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Recover Bitcoin Cash from old Ledger

So here's the problem, i got some Bitcoin Cash on a ledger version 1.3.1 which was never updated, updating this version of ledger will reset the device.
I managed to connect it to an older computer and rescued some other coins, but i haven't had any luck with Bitcoin Cash.
I've tried multiple versions of Electron Cash, but 3.1 and later versions says the ledger version is too old and must be updated, while older versions of electron cash can import the ledger wallet, but the network is dead (offline).
So what happened to the recovery phrase you might be asking?
Instead of keeping the whole recovery phrase on paper, i thought it was a good idea to split and encrypt the phrase in different ways on different devices. stupidly, one of those was an iOS app which no longer exists, i only got a screenshot of the icon of this app: https://ibb.co/bHS6tHc
I think it was just called "Encrypt" and i think the developer name looked Vietnamese, but i don't actually have the name or any other details, and i have had no luck finding any trace of this app.
The app was supposed to just encrypt with a password, but i have tried using multiple decryption algorithms, and none of them work. The encrypted string has random looking characters, with three '+'s, then two '/'s and ends with '='
I suspect this may be a PGP encryption that also included a hidden private key which was built into the app.
So i am all ears if anyone has any plausible solution, and i wonder if a hardfork made the old way of signing transactions completely obsolete, or if some software could potentially sign a working transaction using it.
I do have the first 16 words of the 24 word recovery phrase, any idea how and how long it would take to brute force the last 8?
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Can a quantum computer be used for bitcoin mining?

This has been bothering me for a while.
I'm a newbie in computer science, and I just found out about Grover’s algorithm, which can only be implemented on a quantum computer. Supposedly it can achieve a quadratic speedup over a classical computer, brute-forcing a solution to a n-bit symmetric encryption key in 2^n/2 iterations.
This led me to think that, by utilizing a quantum computer or quantum simulator of about 40-qubits that runs Grover's algorithm, is it possible to mine bitcoins this way? The current difficulty of bitcoin mining is about 15,466,098,935,554 (approximately 2^44), which means that it would take about 2^44*2^32=2^76 SHA256 hashes before a valid block header hash is found.
However, by implementing Grover's algorithm, we would only need to sort through 2^76/2=2^38 hashes to discover a valid block header hash. A 38-qubit quantum computer should be sufficient in this case - which means the 40-qubit quantum computer should be more than enough to handle bitcoin mining.
Therefore - is it possible to use quantum computers to mine bitcoins this way? I'm not too familiar with quantum computers, so please correct me if I missed something.......
NOTE: I am NOT asking whether it is possible to use quantum computers to break the ECDSA secp256k1 algorithm, which would effectively allow anyone to steal bitcoins from wallets. I know that this would require much more than 40 qubits, and is definitely not happening in the near-future.
Rather, I'm asking about bitcoin mining, which is a much easier problem than trying to break ECDSA secp256k1.
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How much time would it take (approximately) to brute force a private key if you have 20 out of 24 words of the mnemonic seed in the correct order?

I have my full 24 word recovery seed for my ledger nano s in my security deposit box at a bank. On reflection, this a bad idea if the bank turns out to be a malicious actor and seizes my recovery seed.

Is there a way to break up the recovery seed, so its solvable after a certain time period by brute forcing it. Also, was thinking about multisignature wallets, breaking up my recovery seed (12 words to my parents and 12 words to the security deposit box), hash time lock contracts can only spend the BCH after 10 years, paper wallets (but I tend to lose things), encrypted usb drives, multiple ledger nano s, keepkey, or trezor.

I would like to share 20 out of 24 words to my parents or a security deposit box, so upon a horrific accident they could claim my funds after a certain time period 5 to 10 years. I don't think my security setup is adequate. And since my whole net worth is in Bitcoin Cash this is of extreme importance to me.
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How to recover an old wallet?

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Electricity : Fan Theory

First off I'll start off by saying I truly believe this show to be a case of "the plot doesn't matter", it serves rather, as an engine that fuels exploration into bigger picture stuff -- commentary on capitalism, a mirror to examine our own emotion as shown through character's reactions to events. So if I'm way off base here it doesn't matter and if i'm spot on it doesn't matter.
Nonetheless, I'm going to attempt and present what may serve as a means of "understanding" the why of the season finale.
The cosmic error we were informed of this season, twins, is also seen in computers, these technically are called soft errors, but they are sometimes caused by cosmic rays. Essentially, cosmic rays have a statistically significant chance to change a piece of data stored in memory. This change in data has the power to change the way a system runs if not checked and corrected but does not imply it has affected it or will whether or not it is caught or if that data can not be recovered.
Twins present a "cosmic error" because where one sperm enters, two babies leave. The race condition of millions of sperm trying to fertilize an egg is solved by simply allowing only one sperm to do so (most of the time, maybe it happens, idk). But that doesn't stop a random split from happening that can potentially put the mom's life at greater risk of failing to give birth by doubling the load.
Concurrency in computer programming is where two processes are able to run simultaneously. A race condition is made when those two processes enter a critical part of their execution at the same time, that is to say try to access the same piece of data from memory at the same time. Put simply, if you and friend each opened a cupboard, checked how many apples were stored, add a number of apples, each exclusively, and mark down how many should now be in the cupboard you both should know how many are in the cupboard right? Nope. If there's one in the cupboard and you add two, you've marked down that there are 3 apples in the cupboard. However, your friend has decided to put one and did it before you put yours back. Now you and your friend both don't know how many apples are in the cupboard, as he thinks there are two when both of you are wrong -- there's four. So the next time you both go back to check your data is completely unreliable and subsequent calculations will compound how incorrect you are. Even if you both end up with the correct number at the end, it's a fluke and more still missing the error. This only makes sense if you take a literal blind approach in which is you only can see what was stored once when opening it and cannot double check what was written down, you have to trust what was stored after opening as it should match what's written down. The answer in programming can't always be store it twice in memory (here memory means random access, not disk stored).
One way of solving this is through the implementation of mutual exclusion, also called a mutex. The simplest example of a mutex, both actually and in our example is putting a lock on the cupboard with a single key you must use to unlock when checking, lock while adding apples, and then give up so your friend might access the cupboard. This ensures that you both have the right data each time you check. I'm skipping over some stuff because the piece that's important is that only one can be inside at any given time.
Semaphores are another way of achieving this, but instead of using a key a system of counting is put into place. this is done by knowing how many of a given resource are available at any given time and recording it. Currency, often believed to be rooted in a gold standard, uses this system to account for inflation or whatever. Funny enough bitcoin actually IS founded on a gold standard. One that so far can not be manipulated. Alchemy presents a logical problem for this, since gold cannot be created through chemistry and thus there is a finite amount of it. Same way there is a finite amount of bitcoin that will ever enter circulation.
Today, gold is still thought of as valuable. It's brought up early on in the series by Dud that the more gold that exists the less special it is, and thus would lose its value. One of the most historically valuable properties of gold is its malleability, and prettyness which allowed for more ornate objects of beauty to be crafted without the need for advanced smelting and casting. Today that is of much less concern.
Silver, on the other hand, in today's modern age, has the advantage of being the most electrically conductive metal we know about. Second comes copper and in third is gold. Guess which one we use most often in circuitry and in wiring buildings. Conductivity is literally based on the Silver standard.
While in many ways Dud may be seen as inferior to Liz, intelligence wise, money wise -- double down on a bad interest loan by paying it off with a worse interest loan vs. paying it off slowly and painfully, etc. He is often seen to be coming out ahead in terms of sheer happiness and fortitude where Liz cannot. If one sperm in a race produced two non identical babies, neither inherently came in first from the get go. As I said above, neither metal, gold or silver, wins in terms of actual utility in the conductivity battle. However, Dud enters the lodge first, and gets struck by lightning.
Given the information we are given in the first season we are not made privy to a lot of things that become important. Primarily, that the scrolls might be the solution to cracking bitcoin and thus disrupting its backed worth based on the gold standard. So, here, the "cosmic error" of twins and the challenge it presents in this concurrent system is brought into the main stage. Liz and Dud are both on a quest but neither really knows what or why. Both survive extreme conditions they are put in both voluntarily and involuntarily respectively.
This all changes when Liz enters the Lodge. Up until this point Liz has not entered the lodge out of her own "choice", free will arguments here be damned. She doesn't go in because she doesn't care. It takes Dud not answering her texts for her to enter and when she does so the Lodge corrects for it.
If detected, a soft error may be totally recovered from, but if the system has crashed, the computer needs to be "rebooted" before any data correction can occur. If they were both in the Lodge at the same time due to a cosmic error which, in terms of my example above, changes the number of apples in the cupboard while it's locked or changes the total number of apples available. If they weren't physically in the Lodge at the same time holds no bearing, it's that they were a part of the lodge. As long as Liz is accessing the Lodge Dud cannot. While humans allegedly built the Lodge, it is impossibly complex to the point where it has literal doors it can throw you backwards out of, possibly as a way of rebirth and possibly as a way of creating a "plant". Liz just as easily could have not been kept on her feet had her friends not been there the same way Duds was from his near death experiences, however they were there.
For a door that opens out, and that no one knows how to access, it sure as shit is not protected from the obvious safety-precaution; securing it from being opened from the outside. Maybe it has been attempted but it just always fell down. But when the light next to the door is being repaired for safety reasons it's not like anyone says hey if we don't know where this door leads and idk, maybe we have some voluntarily blind girl living and running around fixing her seizure problems like, let's maybe just take care of fix this other hazard.
Brute force is used to open doors all over the place in the show, even as far as being used as a "lockpick" (axe), but is never used to unlock THAT door, at least successfully or on screen. Maybe it can't be bruteforced the same way brute force can't be used to cheat bitcoin (it can't, at least today). Quantum computing poses a very real threat to this, and actually every "lock" we think is secure. Like, won't get into it too much and it's not this simple but imagine just asking the computer what your neighbors wifi password is and it just gives you the answer without having to try an approaching infinite number of possible solutions. A very real threat to bitcoin and as a matter of fact all modern encryption, however to scare you less if we're smart enough to pull it off we're at least smart enough to solve the problem before we get there (i've been assured by our friends at google that their contingency plans can't fail, they also told me the titanic never sank)

This at least approaches an explanation to the apparent deus ex machina that is Dud's death. The Lodge is not a joke, and has real control of things. While running it exposes powerful implications into the lives of its members and those around them. I think it's clear here that the duty of the knights of the lodge, to protect it, has greater meaning than we know.

To this same affect, we see another parallel for modern networked computing to work reliably -- redundancy. One man cannot keep the Lodge alive himself, nor can dwindling numbers of protectors. So make more of them, and why not spread them out so if an entire area is affected by say 10 hurricanes at once, it doesn't take down the whole lodge and working knowledge of things. Redundancy in computing means basically the same thing, keep servers in more than one place and have the data they serve backed up and available in more than one place. This also mitigates the probability of data loss, though not entirely. As the lodge in London had no idea the scrolls were removed and the xeroxes made may have gone the way of Orbis, and potentially only one copy of until they were recovered in Mexico.

So far, my only intention has been to make parallels that may have not been made so excuse me while I hurl myself over the side of the boat and bring this to my conclusion on what to make of all this. Skip ahead 2 paragraphs to ignore it.
Simulation Theory. As the always headstrong u/L_Marvin_Metz says so poignantly says "the earth is hollow". While, maybe meant to be taken at face value, it probably isn't. But figuratively speaking, definitely. So many of life's pursuits are hollow and we often see characters in the show being punished for these impure pursuits. What else could allow for impossible tunnels, resurrection, portals and magic? A lot of things but nonetheless, Simulation theory would also give a lot for credence to all the talk about "getting out", a reason why Liz and Dud can't be in the Lodge at the same time beyond some deus ex machina. Liz needs a reason to figure out the system and for her it's finding her brother. Whether or not she can (probably can't, if he is rebooted/born again why would that be up to us). Or that's what I'm going to postulate for season 3.
Either way the scrolls are there because of reasons no one intended, and all that talk about destiny and painting the future but not getting to actually make it up begin to make sense. The lodge will fulfill its purpose because it already has. The absurdity of simulation theory requires the possibility of multiple layers of simulation, as above and so too is below, also begins to make sense in this context. This could literally go anywhere so I'm gonna stop at this point. Dud is dead, for now in a sense. However, that's if him crashing out of that door covered in dirt wasn't just him falling out in the same sequence we observer it.
There may have been for a way less complex reason than I am making - that being actor availability and the inability to pay the highly in-demand Wyatt Russell both for opportunity cost on a show with a future unknown and for his actual need to have a minimum price that the show may not be able to pay.
However limited his role is has yet to be seen, and hopefully for the sake of everything will be seen next year, but we saw him get an emmy nomination in the finale -- at least I truly believe that (specifically when he denied the knighthood). But it could be from any episode this season probably. If he takes home the gold who knows what that extra prestige will do to any budgetary restraints on AMC's wallet in the future. Clearly he likes being in this show, so I see know reason why he wouldn't return as a lead if i'm at all correct about any of this.
Point of this being that we have no idea if any of this is intentional, if it was written in due to the unknown future of the show even after being renewed last year, always the plan, or not even touching on the plan. That's why deus ex machina can be both brilliant and convenient (Adaptation). If you execute it well, we, as an audience, can't say for certain how it entered the arena. I mean, specifically as a season finale. Plenty of other examples of it in the show, obviously. almost like it's part of a greater theme?
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/r/Bitcoin FAQ - Newcomers please read

Welcome to the /Bitcoin Sticky FAQ

You've probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoin recently and are wondering what's the big deal? Most of your questions should be answered by the resources below but if you have additional questions feel free to ask them in the comments.
The following videos are a good starting point for understanding how bitcoin works and a little about its long term potential:
For some more great introductory videos check out Andreas Antonopoulos's YouTube playlists, he is probably the best bitcoin educator out there today. Also have to give mention to James D'Angelo's Bitcoin 101 Blackboard series. Lots of additional video resources can be found at the videos wiki page or /BitcoinTV.
Key properties of bitcoin
Some excellent writing on Bitcoin's value proposition and future can be found here. Bitcoin statistics can be found here, here and here. Developer resources can be found here and here. Peer-reviewed research papers can be found here. The number of times Bitcoin was declared dead by the media can be found here. Scaling resources here, and of course the whitepaper that started it all.

Where can I buy bitcoins?

BuyBitcoinWorldwide.com and Howtobuybitcoin.io are helpful sites for beginners. You can buy or sell any amount of bitcoin and there are several easy methods to purchase bitcoin with cash, credit card or bank transfer. Some of the more popular resources are below, also, check out the bitcoinity exchange resources for a larger list of options for purchases.
Bank Transfer Credit / Debit card Cash
Coinbase Coinbase LocalBitcoins
Gemini Bitstamp LibertyX
GDAX Bitit Mycelium LocalTrader
Bitstamp Cex.io BitQuick
Kraken CoinMama WallofCoins
Xapo BitcoinOTC
Cex.io
itBit
Bitit
Bitsquare
Here is a listing of local ATMs. If you would like your paycheck automatically converted to bitcoin use Cashila or Bitwage.
Note: Bitcoins are valued at whatever market price people are willing to pay for them in balancing act of supply vs demand. Unlike traditional markets, bitcoin markets operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Preev is a useful site that that shows how much various denominations of bitcoin are worth in different currencies. Alternatively you can just Google "1 bitcoin in (your local currency)".

Securing your bitcoins

With bitcoin you can "Be your own bank" and personally secure your bitcoins OR you can use third party companies aka "Bitcoin banks" which will hold the bitcoins for you.
Android iOs Desktop
Mycelium BreadWallet Electrum
CoPay AirBitz Armory
Another interesting use case for physical storage/transfer is the Opendime. Opendime is a small USB stick that allows you to spend Bitcoin by physically passing it along so it's anonymous and tangible like cash.
Note: For increased security, use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) everywhere it is offered, including email!
2FA requires a second confirmation code to access your account, usually from a text message or app, making it much harder for thieves to gain access. Google Authenticator and Authy are the two most popular 2FA services, download links are below. Make sure you create backups of your 2FA codes.
Google Auth Authy
Android Android
iOS iOS

Where can I spend bitcoins?

A more comprehensive list can be found at the Trade FAQ but some more commons ones are below.
Store Product
Gyft Gift cards for hundreds of retailers including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Whole Foods, CVS, Lowes, Home Depot, iTunes, Best Buy, Sears, Kohls, eBay, GameStop, etc.
Steam, HumbleBundle, Games Planet, itch.io, g2g and kinguin For when you need to get your game on
Microsoft Xbox games, phone apps and software
Spendabit, The Bitcoin Shop, Overstock, DuoSearch, The Bitcoin Directory and BazaarBay Retail shopping with millions of results
ShakePay Generate one time use Visa cards in seconds
NewEgg and Dell For all your electronics needs
Cashila, Bitwa.la, Coinbills, Piixpay, Bitbill.eu, Bylls, Coins.ph, Bitrefill, Pey.de, LivingRoomofSatoshi, Hyphen.to, Coinsfer, GetPaidinBitcoin, Coins.co.th, More #1, #2 Bill payment
Foodler, Menufy, Takeaway, Thuisbezorgd NL, Pizza For Coins Takeout delivered to your door!
Expedia, Cheapair, Lot, Destinia, BTCTrip, Abitsky, SkyTours, Fluege the Travel category on Gyft and 9flats For when you need to get away
BoltVM, BitHost VPS service
Cryptostorm, Mullvad, and PIA VPN services
Namecheap, Porkbun For new domain name registration
Stampnik and GetUSPS Discounted USPS Priority, Express, First-Class mail postage
Reddit Gold Premium membership which can be gifted to others
Coinmap, 99Bitcoins and AirBitz are helpful to find local businesses accepting bitcoins. A good resource for UK residents is at wheretospendbitcoins.co.uk.
There are also lots of charities which accept bitcoin donations, such as Wikipedia, Red Cross, Amnesty International, United Way, ACLU and the EFF. You can find a longer list here.

Merchant Resources

There are several benefits to accepting bitcoin as a payment option if you are a merchant;
If you are interested in accepting bitcoin as a payment method, there are several options available;

Can I mine bitcoin?

Mining bitcoins can be a fun learning experience, but be aware that you will most likely operate at a loss. Newcomers are often advised to stay away from mining unless they are only interested in it as a hobby similar to folding at home. If you want to learn more about mining you can read more here. Still have mining questions? The crew at /BitcoinMining would be happy to help you out.
If you want to contribute to the bitcoin network by hosting the blockchain and propagating transactions you can run a full node using this setup guide. Bitseed is an easy option for getting set up. You can view the global node distribution here.

Earning bitcoins

Just like any other form of money, you can also earn bitcoins by being paid to do a job.
Site Description
WorkingForBitcoins, Bitwage, XBTfreelancer, Cryptogrind, Bitlancerr, Coinality, Bitgigs, /Jobs4Bitcoins, Rein Project Freelancing
OpenBazaar, Purse.io, Bitify, /Bitmarket, 21 Market Marketplaces
Watchmybit, Streamium.io, OTika.tv, XOtika.tv NSFW, /GirlsGoneBitcoin NSFW Video Streaming
Bitasker, BitforTip, WillPayCoin Tasks
Supload.com, SatoshiBox, JoyStream, File Army File/Image Sharing
CoinAd, A-ads, Coinzilla.io Advertising
You can also earn bitcoins by participating as a market maker on JoinMarket by allowing users to perform CoinJoin transactions with your bitcoins for a small fee (requires you to already have some bitcoins)

Bitcoin Projects

The following is a short list of ongoing projects that might be worth taking a look at if you are interested in current development in the bitcoin space.
Project Description
Lightning Network, Amiko Pay, and Strawpay Payment channels for network scaling
Blockstream and Drivechain Sidechains
21, Inc. Open source library for the machine payable web
ShapeShift.io Trade between bitcoins and altcoins easily
Open Transactions, Counterparty, Omni, Open Assets, Symbiont and Chain Financial asset platforms
Hivemind and Augur Prediction markets
Mirror Smart contracts
Mediachain Decentralized media library
Tierion and Factom Records & Titles on the blockchain
BitMarkets, DropZone, Beaver and Open Bazaar Decentralized markets
Samourai and Dark Wallet - abandoned Privacy-enhancing wallets
JoinMarket CoinJoin implementation (Increase privacy and/or Earn interest on bitcoin holdings)
Coinffeine and Bitsquare Decentralized bitcoin exchanges
Keybase and Bitrated Identity & Reputation management
Bitmesh and Telehash Mesh networking
JoyStream BitTorrent client with paid seeding
MORPHiS Decentralized, encrypted internet
Storj and Sia Decentralized file storage
Streamium and Faradam Pay in real time for on-demand services
Abra Global P2P money transmitter network
bitSIM PIN secure hardware token between SIM & Phone
Identifi Decentralized address book w/ ratings system
Coinometrics Institutional-level Bitcoin Data & Research
Blocktrail and BitGo Multisig bitcoin API
Bitcore Open source Bitcoin javascript library
Insight Open source blockchain API
Leet Kill your friends and take their money ;)

Bitcoin Units

One Bitcoin is quite large (hundreds of £/$/€) so people often deal in smaller units. The most common subunits are listed below:
Unit Symbol Value Info
millibitcoin mBTC 1,000 per bitcoin SI unit for milli i.e. millilitre (mL) or millimetre (mm)
microbitcoin μBTC 1,000,000 per bitcoin SI unit for micro i.e microlitre (μL) or micrometre (μm)
bit bit 1,000,000 per bitcoin Colloquial "slang" term for microbitcoin
satoshi sat 100,000,000 per bitcoin Smallest unit in bitcoin, named after the inventor
For example, assuming an arbitrary exchange rate of $500 for one Bitcoin, a $10 meal would equal:
For more information check out the Bitcoin units wiki.
Still have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below or stick around for our weekly Mentor Monday thread. If you decide to post a question in /Bitcoin, please use the search bar to see if it has been answered before, and remember to follow the community rules outlined on the sidebar to receive a better response. The mods are busy helping manage our community so please do not message them unless you notice problems with the functionality of the subreddit. A complete list of bitcoin related subreddits can be found here
Note: This is a community created FAQ. If you notice anything missing from the FAQ or that requires clarification you can edit it here and it will be included in the next revision pending approval.
Welcome to the Bitcoin community and the new decentralized economy!
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I have encrypted private keys, but have lost the password. Any hope to recover my bitcoins?

Hi. The wallet software that I was using (this was about two years ago) 'Updated' itself and I lost access to my bitcoins. I had been using a PIN to access the BTC and like an idiot, I forgot to write down the password.
I backed up the encrypted private keys but I have absolutely zero idea what the password is. Is there any way of cracking these so that I can get access to my bitcoins (I have six of them).
Any help appreciated.
Thanks,
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The real reason Bitcoin is skyrocketing and why CME is launching Bitcoin futures on Dec 18, 2017. Someone is close to building a real quantum computer.

We will soon see someone become the fastest trillionaire in history. Why you ask? Because Quantum Computing can defeat Bitcoin's SHA256 blockchains. http://www.newsweek.com/quantum-computers-kill-bitcoin-cryptocurrency-509053
The reason we place so much trust in Bitcoins is because right now, it would take a typical PC 3.17*1064 years to brute force a wallet. This pretty much translates into never. But quantum computing changes the game. Soon, due to quantum computers, 256bit encryption schemes will become easily crackable.
Enter, the CME Bitcoin futures.
For those who don't know how futures work, it's just a contract to purchase something at an agreed price at an agreed date. Say you own 1 bitcoin. I go to you and say, I'll buy that bitcoin off of you in 1 month for $15K. If you think bitcoins will be priced less than $15k after a month, then you would agree to the contract with me, right? So we make the deal. If bitcoins are worth $10,000 next month, I'm out $5,000 because I still have to pay you $15,000 for the bitcoin. On the other hand, if bitcoins are worth $20,000, you lose $5,000. Because you still have to sell me that bitcoin for $15,000. Fair enough?
Okay, now here's the part that gets tricky. The thing is, YOU don't have to actually have a bitcoin to make this contract with me. So what would that look like? Say you agree to sell me 1 bitcoin in 1 month at $15,000. Let's say the price of bitcoins at that date is $10,000. You just made $5k in profit. Why? Because you just have to go on the web, buy a bitcoin at $10k and sell it to me for $15k. Bam. $5K profit. On the other hand, say the current market price of bitcoins are $20k. Well, now you are out $5,000. You have to go to the web and buy a bitcoin for $20k and sell it to me for $15k. Loss of $5,000. Congratulations. You now know what "shorting the futures market" means. It's simply selling something you don't own in the hopes that prices will be cheaper when you actually have to deliver.
Alright, now we know how futures work. So what's this got to do with the real bitcoin market?
We've all seen the dramatic rise in the value of bitcoin this year. It's astronomical. Why is this happening? There are literally 100 reasons people will give you for why this is happening. And the truth is, all of them are plausible. But here's what I think. I think someone, or some govt, is driving up prices for a specific reason. To short the bitcoin market using futures.
What makes bitcoins secure? What makes your wallet that you have on your harddrive or USB drive secure? SHA256 bit encryption. The specifics of this encryption is beyond the scope of this post but suffice to say that it would take a long ass time to try to bruteforce guess the password. What would happen if that password could be broken in a matter of week? Simple. Every blockchain currency, as well as all passwords you use, will become crackable. Now, most servers, such as your bank's or your business, have a safeguard against this. They only allow something like 5 attempts to be made before they let you try again. But what about bitcoins? Umm,.... nope. You can bruteforce attack bitcoin wallets as much as you'd like simply because bitcoin wallets don't exist on your computer. It exists in the ledger which everyone has access to. You only have the password that allows you access to that particular entry on the ledger that proves that you have such and such amount of bitcoins.
So, if you develop a computer that can crack SHA256 encryption in a matter of weeks, how would you use that to make money? Simple. Short the hell out of bitcoin futures. Then release the news that you have a computer that's able to crack SHA256. Bam. The value of bitcoin goes to ZERO. No, I'm not exaggerating. The value will literally go to zero. You just made more money than anyone in history in the shortest amount of time.
Now, this isn't all speculation. You can prove me wrong by observing the price of the CME futures over time once it starts trading. Selling large amounts of futures will drive the price of the futures down and they will trade below market price (current price). So, even tho 90% of the people think the price of Bitcoins will go up, it could trade at prices lower than the current market price. This will mean that there is a huge seller of this futures. It will prove my point.
However, this is not what's going to happen. The futures price will trade at a significant premium (meaning higher than current market prices). Why? Because they're gonna drive this sucker to the max. They're gonna make it go all the way up to $100k while the Quantum Computer is finalized. Then, they will unleash the greatest trade ever known to man. A trade that makes Soros' shorting of the GBP look like child play.
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Some direction? (update)

So, from my previous post here: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/ek1vuv/no_clue_where_to_go_from_here/
I now have access to my files, I have access to the password and I know that Multibit classic v 0.5.13 or higher was used.
I see that multibit is no longer supported. I have gained access to my bitstamp account. I am ready to sell.
The problem is that I have no clue how to get from: Point A: A file on my computer. to Point B: Money in my bank account.
I have googled a bunch of stuff related to how to sell a bitcoin from cold storage and all I am reading about is "sweeping" coins and suggestions on apps, wallet hardware, blockchain.info and why its good or bad, and a million other things that just drive me deeper and deeper into being overwhelmed.
I have looked all over my bitstamp account and have not seen any options for anything regarding importing cold wallets. I have read that my cold wallet is actually "nothing" because everything exists on the public blockchain. I have read that the only thing I need is my signature because thats all that matters.
I am lost
I'm feeling pretty stupid asking for help on something that seems so easy to understand, but I could really use some dumbed down direction on what I have to do to get this all accomplished.
All helpful tips are appreciated and the more ELI5 context, the better.