The Advantages of Bitcoin

Luke Hudner, CCO

May 20, 2024

Since its creation in 2009 by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin, the most powerful and popular cryptocurrency has captured the imagination of people around the world and revolutionised the way we think about money and transactions. Bitcoin has grown from a niche, digital experiment to a global financial phenomenon with a market capitalisation reaching new highs of over $1.44 trillion in 2024.

But what makes Bitcoin so great? In this blog post we will explain some of the key benefits and features that set Bitcoin apart and even led to the South American country El Salvador adopting it as legal tender in September 2021.


One of Bitcoin's most revolutionary aspects is its decentralized nature. Unlike traditional currencies, which are controlled and printed by governments and central banks, Bitcoin operates on a peer-to-peer network without a central authority. No person or entity owns and controls Bitcoin in the same way that nobody owns the internet. While this certainly also presents challenges, decentralization has several advantages:

  • Censorship Resistance: No single entity can control or manipulate the Bitcoin network, making it resistant to censorship and government interference.

  • Reduced Risk of Failure: The network's decentralized structure reduces the risk of catastrophic failure since there is no central point of vulnerability.


Bitcoin transactions are secured by cryptographic algorithms and the collective processing power of the entire network's miners. This high level of security offers several benefits:

  • Tamper-Proof Ledger: Bitcoin's blockchain is an immutable public ledger, meaning once a transaction is recorded, it cannot be altered or deleted and is visible for all to see.

  • Protection Against Fraud: Bitcoin uses the proof-of-work (PoW) consensus mechanism, which, while energy-intensive, has proven to be extremely robust and secure.  The cryptographic nature of Bitcoin transactions makes it impossible to counterfeit or double-spend Bitcoin.

Limited Supply

Bitcoin has a fixed supply of 21 million coins, which is embedded in its code. This limited supply introduces a level of scarcity similar to precious metals like gold:

Borderless Transactions

Bitcoin operates on a global network, allowing for borderless transactions that are not constrained by geographical boundaries:

  • Financial Inclusion: Bitcoin provides access to financial services for people in regions with limited banking infrastructure.

  • Lower Transaction Costs: Cross-border transactions with Bitcoin can be faster and cheaper compared to traditional banking systems, which often involve high fees and lengthy processing times.

Transparency and Pseudonymity

Bitcoin transactions are recorded on a public ledger, the blockchain, which anyone can inspect. However, the identities of the participants are not directly tied to their transactions:

  • Transparency: The public nature of the blockchain ensures that transactions can be independently verified, enhancing trust in the system.

  • Pseudonymity: Users can transact without revealing their identities, providing a degree of privacy while maintaining accountability through the transparent ledger.

Community and Ecosystem

Bitcoin has fostered a vibrant, global community of developers, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs who are continuously passionately working to improve the ecosystem:

  • Open-Source Development: Bitcoin's open-source nature allows anyone to contribute to its development, promoting a collaborative environment.

  • Growing Adoption: Increasing acceptance by merchants, institutions, and investors is driving mainstream adoption and integration of Bitcoin into various financial systems.

Bitcoin represents a paradigm shift in how we think about money and financial transactions, offering a robust alternative to traditional financial systems. As Bitcoin continues to evolve and mature, it has the potential to further transform the global economy, making it an exciting and promising technology. Whether you're an investor, tech enthusiast, or someone interested in financial innovation, Bitcoin's impact and potential are undeniable.

However, the Bitcoin network isn’t without its flaws. The Bitcoin network can handle only a limited number of transactions per second, leading to slower transaction times and higher fees during peak demand periods. 

Enter the Bitcoin Lightning Network, a layer-two solution designed to address these issues. In our next blog post, we’ll explore what the Lightning Network is, how it works, and why it’s crucial for the future of Bitcoin.