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What Does Bitcoin Core Do?

Bitcoin Core is the original Bitcoin client and it builds the backbone of the network. It is programmed to decide which block chain contains valid transactions.

The users of Bitcoin Core only accept transactions for that block chain, making it the Bitcoin block chain that everyone else wants to use. For this reason, Bitcoin Core is also known as the “reference client”.

Bitcoin Core includes a transaction verification engine and network communication code that is essential to maintaining the consensus among all full nodes on the network. Full nodes are what keep Bitcoin secure.

NOTE: WARNING: Bitcoin Core is a software program designed to store and manage the digital currency known as Bitcoin. It should not be confused with a wallet, which is a software program designed to store and manage a user’s funds. It is important to note that Bitcoin Core does not provide investment or other financial advice of any kind. Users should always exercise caution and do thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

They individually run what are called full nodes, which follow and enforce all of the rules of Bitcoin.

In order to have an impact on Bitcoin, you must run a full node. A full node is a program that fully validates transactions and blocks.

Almost all full nodes also help the network by accepting transactions and blocks from other full nodes, validating those transactions and blocks, and then relaying them to further full nodes.

Bitcoin Core ensures every block and transaction it accepts is valid, increasing not only your security but also helping prevent miners and banks from taking control of Bitcoin. By running a full node you will increase the security of your own Bitcoin funds as well as helping keep the network secure for everyone else.

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