Few technologies have the ability to stir passionate online debate and baffle the vast majority of the population as bitcoin. The virtual currency has been a constant source of interest and confusion since it thrust itself into the mainstream more than five years ago.
But interest in bitcoin is now greater than ever. Its value has more than doubled so far this year, reaching all-time highs and turning some people who hoarded vast amounts early on into millionaires.
But why? Is bitcoin the future of currency? Is it currency at all? What is it for? And should I buy some? Read on to have your questions answered.