Based in San Francisco, California, Coinbase was founded in June 2012. It is a currency exchange service where both customers and merchants can exchange digital currencies such as bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum. They have over 10.6 million users in thirty two countries. There are over 47,000 merchants using the exchange service. They raised $117 million from investors and have exchanged over $20 billion in digital currencies.
Coinbase allows you to buy, sell, deposit and withdraw in three digital currencies. Bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum. There are plans to offer Bitcoin Cash, check back here for updates on this.
For US customers, you can add funds to your account via bank transfers, credit cards, debit cards and bank wire. For European customers, you can use credit or debit cards, as well as bank transfer via SEPA. For customers in the UK, the same options as the European customers apply, credit or debit cards, or bank transfer via SEPA. For Australian and Canadian customers, credit or debit cards are accepted. For customers in Singapore, bank transfers (via 3rd party) and credit and debit cards are available.
All currency held with Coinbase is fully insured, meaning that if Coinbase were to suffer a breach of their online services, an insurance policy will pay out to cover customer funds lost. Less than 2% of customer funds are held online, the rest is held in offline storage. The Coinbase website itself is very secure, offering 2-factor authentication, adding that extra step of security during the log in process. For more information on two-factor authentication, visit our frequently asked questions. The website has an SSL certificate (https), meaning all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. Coinbase offers you full control of your wallets, with private keys on their multi-signature vaults.
Coinbase offer both Android and iOS mobile apps, meaning you can have convenient access to your account from anywhere. These are both free to download from both the Google Play store and the Apple App store.
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