GUIDE:  Start using Bitcoin Cash + Electron Cash

Welcome to the getting started with Bitcoin Cash and Electron guide!

This guide is designed to be a quick and easy tool to help you start using Bitcoin Cash with the free and open-source Electron Cash wallet software for desktop computers so that you can store your money safely for the foreseeable future.

If you have zero familiarity with Bitcoin Cash please read this.

What is Electron Cash? 

Electron Cash is an open-source and free wallet software that allows anyone to send and receive Bitcoin Cash. Open-source means you can review the code right here, on github.com: https://github.com/fyookball/electrum

Why does AKARI recommend Electron Cash?

There are many reasons we recommend Electron Cash, but here are several advantages to using the desktop version of Electron Cash:

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1. You may not want all your money to be accessible on your phone, which you carry everywhere. Instead it is on your laptop or desktop machine and you can make backups to external drive(s) of your wallets.

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2. For each wallet file, you can create a backup key and store it in a safe place at home, such as a safe. Or find a unique place to keep the private access key safe.

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3. You can create multiple wallets, some with smaller amounts for example, that you might not even need a password to unlock, for convenience. 

For this guide, we recommend you create a test wallet, and then another, just to see how easy it is. While the common security concerns are valid, it shouldn't be intimidating or stopping anyone from getting started.

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4. You can pay directly for many web services easily using Electron Cash Desktop and BitPay. You can also keep track of live payments as they arrive.

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5. The developer working on Electron Cash is active in many Bitcoin Cash communities, including http://yours.org and http://reddit.com/r/btc - where you can ask them any questions. 

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There are more reasons including ones on the website, https://electroncash.org -but those are the main ones. 

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Ready to get started? 

Let's go!