What is Taproot and How It Affects Your Bitcoin Investments
Find out what Bitcoin Taproot means for you and your BTC investments.
Find out what Bitcoin Taproot means for you and your BTC investments.
Earlier this month, on November 14, the Bitcoin Taproot upgrade went live. It is a rare moment of consensus and the first makeover of the Bitcoin network in the last four years. The last upgrade in the Bitcoin blockchain was SegWit, which went live in 2017. In this post, we will review what Taproot is and what kind of changes this upgrade brings to the Bitcoin blockchain. Most importantly, we will examine how Taproot affects Bitcoin investors.
Taproot combines three upgrade changes into the Bitcoin protocol after achieving a 90% consensus of all miners on the network. In technical terms, it is a soft fork. In simple terms, it makes working on and using the Bitcoin blockchain easier, faster, and more secure. The major change that came as part of the recent upgrade is the implementation of the Schnorr signature. This upgrade allows the Bitcoin network to execute smart contracts, further expanding what can be done using BTC and the Bitcoin network. In a nutshell, Taproot aims to make Bitcoin transactions more efficient and increase the network’s privacy.
The upgrade will reduce the transaction sizes, and the bigger, more complex transactions will be indistinguishable from smaller transactions. This helps in two ways. It offers more privacy since no one can even guess if the transaction is single or multi-signature, which adds an additional layer of anonymity to the network. In addition, reduced transaction size allows even more complex transactions to be done just as efficiently as more simple transactions, which addresses the challenge of how to make bitcoin transactions faster to meet the rising demand in transactions.
The upgrade is the most likely to trigger more technological progress on the Bitcoin blockchain, paving the way for more NFT and DeFi projects. Bitcoin has been seen solely as a store of value for most holders and cryptocurrency enthusiasts. However, the implementation of Taproot will give more capability to the Bitcoin blockchain when it comes to smart contracts.
With Taproot, Bitcoin can now process more smart contracts, which in turn should drive an increase in day-to-day applications on the Bitcoin protocol in time to come.
While Taproot will not make Bitcoin as flexible as Ethereum, which is considered the most flexible of the networks in crypto, it is promising to improve Bitcoin to make it more than just the OG cryptocurrency and narrow the gap between Bitcoin and Ethereum network.
As a public network, transactions on the bitcoin network can be seen by anyone. While it doesn’t show private information about the senders and receivers, just the fact that it is in a public place and people can guess the transaction type is a concern for some people. As mentioned above, with the Taproot upgrade, the transactions will look the same whether they are single or multi-signature. This extra anonymity is an important feature that further strengthens Bitcoin’s position in the crypto community, which has been anticipating an improvement in the privacy and security of the network.
Although the full effects of the Taproot upgrade will take some time to be felt, many of these will have positive consequences for Bitcoin holders and investors.
While the future is bright when it comes to BTC and the recent Taproot, you might ask: “What can I do today to use BTC and Bitcoin network and generate passive income or income in general?”
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