“Never tell anyone what bitcoin exchange you use.”
“There are bitcoin exchanges in pretty much every country or region.”
“Oh no! The exchange got hacked and the funds are missing!”
Definition(s) from the Web
- Bitcoin currency exchanges work in a manner similar to banks. One first deposits amounts of money in the currencies supported by the exchange, to his own account in the exchange, uses these balances to trade with other users of the exchange and then withdraws that money. Unlike over-the-counter transactions, there is no risk of losing money due to people not fulfilling their part of the deal, as long as the exchange itself does not commit fraud or withhold money.
Exchanging is done by placing “buy” or “sell” orders, which the exchange system software then matches with each other. “Buy” orders (or “bids”) are offers to buy bitcoins in exchange for another currency at a maximum price-per-bitcoin which is set by the offerer. “Sell” orders (or “asks”) are offers to sell bitcoins at a minimum price-per-bitcoin. If the bid price of a buy order is higher than the ask price of a sell order, an exchange can be performed and either the bid order, the sell order or both can be removed from the “order book”. Thus, at any given time, there is a price above which there are no more buy orders and a slightly higher price below which there are no more sell orders.
Communication with the Bitcoin currency exchanges is commonly done using a standard web browser, over a secure SSL connection. Source
- Cryptocurrency exchange (or Crypto exchange) is a place where people are able to exchange cryptocurrency for others or for main national currencies (dollar, euro, yen etc.) It is a secondary place to earn them after mining and, currently, primary to spend. Source
- A cryptocurrency exchange, or a digital currency exchange (DCE), is a business that allows customers to trade cryptocurrencies or digital currencies for other assets, such as conventional fiat money or other digital currencies. Exchanges may accept credit card payments, wire transfers or other forms of payment in exchange for digital currencies or cryptocurrencies. A cryptocurrency exchange can be a market maker that typically takes the bid–ask spreads as a transaction commission for is service or, as a matching platform, simply charges fees.
Some brokerages which also focus on other assets such as stocks, like Robinhood and eToro, let users purchase but not withdraw cryptocurrencies to cryptocurrency wallets. Dedicated cryptocurrency exchanges such as Binance and Coinbase do allow cryptocurrency withdrawals, however. Source