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What advantages does Monero offer that are not provided by other cryptocurrencies?

It is the only private cryptocurrency in use today which is truly fungible as all transactions are private and created equal. It satisfies the 3 important properties of electronic cash: decentralized,...
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How does Monero privacy and security compare to Zcash?

As described by Monero Research Lab academic Shen Noether with regard to the anonymity set: Monero (although the zcash proponents note that a ring signature is a "smaller" anonymity set, ...
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How is Monero compared to Dash?

Dash uses a modified version of coinjoin to enable its users to mix their outputs with each other. Coinjoin was originally proposed by Gregory Maxwell, and has been available for use in Bitcoin for ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Verge (XVG)?

Despite both being advertised as privacy-focused cryptocurrencies, they are very different. Summary Monero uses ring signatures, RingCT, and stealth addresses to hide information on the blockchain. ...
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What are the primary differences between Monero and Bitcoin?

Privacy You won't find your standard address on the blockchain. Every single output is its own one time address, there is no choice about it (as opposed to Bitcoin, where address reuse is discouraged,...
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Selective transparency in Monero vs Zcash

This question boils to down which selective transparency options both coins offer. I'll start with Monero. In Monero there are three tools for selective transparency, namely the viewkey (called the ...
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How is Monero compared to Dash?

The social contracts of the two coins have diverged substantially over the past several years. Monero has consistently put privacy and security over usability and marketing. Most early users were ...
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How does Monero privacy and security compare to Zcash?

Adding this answer to make it simpler to those who can not understand the top response. ZCash uses a new cryptography tool called zk-SNARK (don't worry about the name). This is different than the ...
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Sidechain with Monero as the base token and Zerocoin as the anonymous token

Yes it's definitely possible, but why create a whole new coin for that? A better idea would be to create a Zerocoin sidechain (post RingCT) for Monero that allows people to move their Monero into the ...
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Selective transparency in Monero vs Zcash

In fact Zcash does have viewing keys that allow to see all incoming transactions for a certain address. There is also a straightforward way to do proof-of-payment without changing the protocol, ...
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What is RingCT and how does it make Monero private?

Yes, that is true, but that is not the only thing. The main privacy enhancing features of Monero are: Ring signatures: make transactions harder to trace by obscuring the output of the true sender in ...
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How does ShadowCash compare to Monero?

Monero is built on Cryptonote, which uses ring signatures (which it created in the context of cryptocurrencies) and stealth addresses. ShadowCash is built on Bitcoin, and reimplemented ring signatures ...
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Monero RAM requirements compared with Zcash

Monero originally required a lot of RAM, because it stored the blockchain in RAM. Currently, Monero uses LMDB to store its blockchain. As a result, people are able to set up Monero nodes with only ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Nav Coin (NAV)?

Despite both being advertised as privacy-focused cryptocurrencies, they are very different. Monero uses ring signatures, RingCT, and stealth addresses to hide information on the blockchain. For every ...
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What are the primary differences between Monero and Bitcoin?

A few other security related things that weren't mentioned in the other answers. In contrast to Bitcoin's 10 minute block time, Monero has a 2 minute block time. Additionally, Monero uses a ...
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Monero private key collision

Well, private spend keys are 64 character hex strings, see here: https://moneroaddress.org That will give you around 1e77 possible private keys. If n is the number of possible private keys, and you ...
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Can Monero's privacy features be integrated into (copied) by bitcoin?

The simple answer would be no. The codebases simply aren't in any way similar. Bitcoin devs would need to do a massive rewrite of the code to implement ring sigs with confidential transactions, it ...
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What advantages does Monero offer that are not provided by other cryptocurrencies?

Advantages of CryptoNote coins Common to all Bytecoin derived coins Monero transactions are untraceable and un-linkable by default. Meaning that there is ambiguity of where the monero came from and ...
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How does TumbleBit privacy and security compare with Monero?

Update 2018.02.04 In light of recent of environment changes, this answer needs update, since blockchain scalability cannot be ignored anymore. TumbleBit's mixing technique became completely ...
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Monero mixin 0 versus Zcash "T" address transaction

Monero mixin 0 is still superior to a Zcash "T" transparent transaction due to the fact that Monero uses stealth addresses for every transaction whereas Zcash does not have this feature. I do not ...
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How does XMR compare to ZCash in terms of transaction fees, mining, coin supply?

Do Monero and ZCash have different transaction fees? This is largely going to depend on the price, which is currently unknown because Zcash hasn't launched yet. However, on testnet the fee seems to ...
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Why is the emission curve of Monero so steep?

It's steeper than bitcoin's because thankful-for-today made it that way. Indeed, if you dig into the bitcointalk forum history, you can find that not many early monero community members were ...
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How does Monero privacy and security compare to ZCoin?

1. Can ZCoin protect the privacy of transaction amounts like Monero will do with RingCT No, it cannot. All transaction amounts are visible on the ZCoin blockchain. As of the block 1,220,517 v4 fork in ...
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What are the primary differences between Monero and Bitcoin?

I'm not exactly sure I understand the question, but I'm assuming you mean what of those three factors sets Monero and Bitcoin apart the most? I'd say privacy is the big one, for one, the other two ...
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Why is the emission curve of Monero so steep?

There's no definitive answer to this (I've asked the devs in the past and they' don't know either) because the original guy that announced Monero, was thankful_for_today and he's no longer around. ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Electroneum (ETN)?

Going through the commits there is really only one significant difference. Electroneum has no decoys, thus removes a significant aspect of privacy: #define DEFAULT_MIX 0 #...
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What will Enable monero to scale where Bitcoin failed?

Monero will scale where bitcoin failed because Monero is hardcoded to scale to the network infrastructure (a real variable), whereas Bitcoin is hardcoded to scale to a decision made by humans (the 1 ...
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Can Monero's privacy features be integrated into (copied) by bitcoin?

One of the key privacy features for Monero goes beyond the use of stealth addresses, ring signatures and confidential transactions (coming January '17). More so it's the fact that all of these ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Beam (BEAM)?

Beam authored a similar piece on a comparison between Beam, Monero, and Zcash that I recommend you read here to get a different perspective. I personally disagree with some points, but the high-level ...
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