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Coinbase is a very popular exchange that allows you to buy cryptocurrencies directly using fiat currency. With Dash being so high in the market cap table it is unsurprising when people expect to see it on Coinbase but unfortunately Coinbase do not offer it on their platform. They are increasing the number of coins on their platform but this is a very steady procedure. Currently there is no talk of dash being added to Coinbase but that is not to say it won’t happen. Make sure to keep an eye out in the future. You can buy bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and bitcoin cash on there and trade any of those for Dash on an exchange but until it is added there is no direct method using fiat currency.
Dash uses “Master Nodes” in the confirmation of transactions, to help govern the entire system, and perform other useful functions. It takes 1000+ Dash stakes in a master node for it to be activated, and a master node owner can lose all of their money if they become hostile actors in the system.
You can trade Dash with near-complete privacy. The privacy doesn’t extend to the recipient of any transaction, but the person sending the money can be completely anonymous. Privacy coins like Monero and especially ZCash (and soon with Ethereum’s ZKSnarks) up the ante on privacy considerably, but buying Dash anonymously works for most people for most purposes where you wouldn’t want your transaction recorded in a public ledger forever.
Dash is open source. Anybody can audit the code and understand how it works, providing they’re willing to learn. Another example, and this is a big one, is that you can trade Dash with Instant Transactions. This functionality is something Bitcoin could only wish for given its recent problems with unconfirmed and slow transactions.
Dash has a real claim to being an update on Bitcoin’s classic technology. In fact, it’s a hard fork of Bitcoin itself. This means that Dash more or less cloned the Bitcoin software back in January 2014 (under the name Darkcoin), then made its own updates. Like Bitcoin, before you can buy Dash in must first be mined, but the core developers have added some important features that make Dash a little more agile and interesting than ol’ Bitcoin.