With every attack on a bitcoin miner, miner pool, exchange, node or website, the more secure the network becomes. Everyone is being forced to beef up their security efforts or face a loss of customers or loss of bitcoins.
Security is and has to be the number one priority of the bitcoin network.
After losing bitcoins on mybitcoin.com because of the Mtgox database hack I started learning a lot more about securing my bitcoins.
For starters, don’t mine and dine. In other words, don’t have a Bitcoin client on your miner. Also, I keep my bitcoin wallet on a flash drive and I use http://www.truecrypt.org/ to encrypt it. I also keep a copy of my bitcoin wallet in a secret location on the Internet , which is also encrypted by http://www.7-zip.org/. There are other security tools on the Internet that are similar to the ones I use.
To learn more on how to encrypt your wallet and back it up properly read this wiki. There is also a quick link to it on the right column of this blog under Security.
Bitcoin economy needs multiple and distributed Exchanges. Just like we cannot rely on one Bitcoin miner, we cannot rely on just one Bitcoin Exchange. The thing that concerns me is the Exchanges all have different prices for each Bitcoin.
Bitcoin mining is the process of generating blocks for the block chain, which is a way of processing and verifying transactions.
Bitcoins get created—or “mined”— and distributed among the people in the Bitcoin economy. This task is performed by powerful computers that require exponentially more time and processing power as the number of Bitcoins grows. The absolute number of Bitcoins is capped at 21 million and will be generated over the next hundred years or so. Does Bitcoins mimic the scarcity of gold?