Centralisation undermines the most fundamental principle of Blockchain technology

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Blockchain technology promised users the ability to become their own bank, yet the majority of exchanges which allow individuals to purchase cryptocurrencies are entirely centralised.

This is a fundamental problem plaguing the industry currently, with centralised exchange hacks occurring on a far too frequent basis. For example, the colossal Mt. Gox hack of 850,000 BTC, Bitfinex’s loss of 120,000 BTC and more recently the Bithumb breach, the 5th largest exchange by volume at the time. Such events indicate that no matter how established the exchange, there is always a possibility of being infiltrated by hackers, after all this may be the most profitable heists of all time, as Bitcoin continues to increase in value.

The problem here is simple, just like with traditional institutions, all of your money is held in one or several accounts, which can easily be targeted by hackers to great effect. A single point of failure.

Whilst traditional firms have heavy measures in place to avoid such attacks, they are still vulnerable. Yet at least such firms provide consumers with reassurance, if your funds are stolen, they will be replaced. This is not the case with the majority of cryptocurrency exchanges, someone hacks the exchange, you lose your entire account. Will you get refunded? Maybe. When? Who knows.

Surely there must be a solution to such a problem, after all, can you really call yourself a proponent of blockchain technology when you may as well be handing over your precious money to a central bank. Let us consider our options.

How Fully Decentralised Exchanges Work Using Blockchain Technology

Read the full article here: https://www.bbod.io/bbod-blog/2018/8/7/centralisation-blockchain-technology

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It seems that the link to full article isn’t working. I’d like to read more on this topic because I know nothing about decentralized exchanges. Maybe, more experienced traders here can help with some links since I can’t read the original post? Will be grateful for any info provided.


That’s a big deal for current exchanges, really. Hackers understand how much they can get from the centralized storages, so they invent new and new attack strategies. Phishing, DDoS, server breakings, etc. I’m afraid of skilled hackers powers, they can get access to giant storages of some exchanges. Decentralized exchanges, on the other hand, are safe but they are still too complicated for regular users. I think that hybrid platforms with simple interface but decentralized algorithms can save us.


As for decentralized exchanges, they’re pretty simple. Here’s a brief explanation for everybody who can’t open the original link: DEXs aka decentralized exchanges are blockchain-based platforms similar to peer-to-peer systems. They don’t have a single central server. Instead, they use a network of nodes and private wallets of users between which transactions are made. Means, DEXs don’t store money, they just help users to match their buy/sell orders. So hackers can’t steal anything from the website.


I can argue the fact that all centralized exchanges are vulnerable. For example, CEX.IO and Kraken were never hacked for the entire history. And these exchanges are large enough. I even don’t mention local platforms which are designed for specific countries. You can check Bitcoin.co.id review on CryptoHoo (the exchange works with Rupiah specifically) or read other qualified authors to find reliable small platforms. Decentralized exchanges are cool, too, but we shouldn’t blame centralized ones and ignore them at all, I think.