How is Bitcoin secured?

The Bitcoin network is secured by the distributed network of computers all around the world that are running the bitcoin program. 

People that run the bitcoin software to secure the network are called “Bitcoin miners.” Miners are cryptographically securing the network by ensuring that coins are not counterfeited and that the network runs smoothly. 

Bitcoin miners are incentivised for securing the network by being rewarded with newly “minted” bitcoin proportional to the computational power they contributed to the network.

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