To start using Emercoin you'll need to choose a wallet. There are several options to choose from. Some are online wallets, and others are installed on your computer. Take a moment to compare the options and choose a wallet option that best suits you.
EMC is the currency which is used to transact on the Emercoin network and pay network fees for blockchain services. The easiest way to obtain EMC is to buy it on an exchange, however EMC can also be earned through mining or by selling goods and services.
In addition to being used for the payment of goods and services, Emercoin provides a platform for a wealth of novel applications such as decentralized domain names and an advertising network. How you decide to use Emercoin is really up to your imagination.
Discover the valuable services being created by people and businesses in Emercoin's unique ecosystem. There are many projects to discover, and places to discuss your ideas. If you have any need of assistance, the Emercoin community is available to help.
An Emercoin wallet allows you to generate Emercoin addresses and begin sending and receiving EMC payments. EMC addresses are unique and only the person who has the key to the address can send or receive EMC with it. A "wallet" is simply software or a service that manages the cryptographic keys to each EMC address that enable the Emercoin to be spent. There are a number of different wallet options, so take a look and determine the best kind for your needs.
3rd party wallet solutions offer added convenience such as mobile-friendly wallets and integrated exchange features. However, these features often come at the expense of needing to trust the 3rd party. With 3rd party wallet solutions, the control of the cryptographic keys to your EMC addresses is often managed by the service provider. You should therefore do your due diligence before deciding to use a 3rd party wallet service.
Local wallets do not rely on the services of a 3rd party and only you have access to your cryptographic keys. These wallets allow you full control over your EMC holdings, including access to Emercoin's advanced features. With these options it is your responsibility to manage backups and keep your wallet secure. Wallets are available for all popular operating systems: Windows, OSX, Linux. There are even storage wallets you can print on paper.
Once you have a wallet, you'll need to get some Emercoin. The easiest way to obtain Emercoin is to purchase some at an exchange. There are numerous exchanges from all around the world that allow users to trade other currencies for Emercoin and vice versa, for US Dollars (USD), Bitcoin (BTC), and in many other markets. Take the time to research which exchange best suits you. After withdrawing Emercoin from an exchange, you can confirm receipt by checking your wallet balance, or by looking up the transaction ID in an Emercoin block explorer service such as mintr.org. Additional ways to get Emercoin include receiving Emercoin as payment for goods or services, or by mining Emercoin directly on your computer or with a mining pool.
In addition to being one of the world's leading digital currencies, the team at Emercoin has developed a series of groundbreaking technologies. You can use Emercoin as a regular cryptocurrency for online transactions or take advantage of the aspects that make it unique.
Emercoin's DNS system provides support for managing every aspect of a domain name on the blockchain. Unlike traditional domain names, Emercoin domains are ones you really own, because only you hold the cryptographic key required to modify or transfer them. You can register Emercoin domains with a 3rd party such as Peername.com or with the Emercoin software. Emercoin domains are currently supported by OpenNIC. For the technically minded, see the EMCDNS document.
Emercoin's decentralized blockchain is used by a growing number of innovative services. Official services include EMCSSH (PKI management for system admins), EMCLNX (text advertising network), EMCSSL (passwordless website logins), InfoCard (business card / profile management), Magnet (torrent links), EMCTTS (digital timestamps) and EMCDPO (proof of ownership). For more information, see the "Technology" and "Guides" sections of this website.
Emercoin includes a Proof-of-Stake (POS) mechanism for including new transactions into its blockchain. Minting POS blocks will give the Emercoin holder approx. 6% p.a. interest. This applies to an Emercoin balance held in local wallets left open for minting, and some 3rd party wallets also honor Emercoin's POS rewards, such as mintr.org. This can be a great way to grow your Emercoin balance while supporting the network.
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You can read the official documentation under the "Technology" and "Guides" sections of this website, and you can also find many links to projects and services connected with Emercoin on the resources page. Please take your time to learn about Emercoin and think about how it may benefit you or your business. We hope you become as excited as we are about Emercoin's technology and what it has to offer. If you have questions or ideas to share, please do so at any of the listed forums, or contact the Emercoin Team directly by email at