Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use encryption techniques to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify transactions. Cryptocurrencies have gained popularity over traditional methods of payment due to their decentralized nature and security features.

Advantages of cryptocurrency:

1. Decentralized - Cryptocurrency networks rely on peer-to-peer technology instead of a central authority to validate transactions. This eliminates the need for trusted third parties and makes it extremely difficult to manipulate the network and its coins.

2. Secure - Because transactions take place between peers directly without the involvement of financial institutions, they cannot be manipulated by hackers and/or governments.

3. Anonymous - Since transactions do not require personal information, users remain anonymous. This means that people who choose to participate in the network do not need to disclose any identifying information.

4. Portable - Due to the fact that cryptocurrencies are digital, they can be easily stored and transferred anywhere in the world. Users can send and receive money across borders without paying fees or incurring exchange rates.

5. Low cost - Compared to traditional banking systems, cryptocurrencies are much cheaper. There is no charge for sending funds using blockchain technology.

6. Transparent - All transactions are recorded publicly, meaning that everyone can follow along and see what is happening.

7.  Fast - Transactions occur almost instantly, making it possible to make payments at high speeds.

8.  Global - Cryptocurrencies are accepted worldwide. No matter where someone lives, he/she can access the same global marketplaces.

9.   Immutable - Once a transaction occurs, it cannot be reversed. This prevents double spending.

10.   Safe - Due to the fact they are decentralized, cryptocurrencies are highly secure. Even if a hacker were to gain control of a significant amount of computing power, it would be impossible to alter past transactions.