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Bitcoin nodes become increasingly anonymous thanks to the TOR Network


According to recent Bitnodes data, 2020 has brought a new great movement of anonymity within the Bitcoin nodes, many of which became anonymous thanks to the TOR Network.

2020 is going to be a great year for Bitcoin for several reasons. One of the biggest is the next halving that is expected to take place in May. Then, there is a pending update that is supposed to make the Bitcoin network more efficient. Both events are expected to be the cause of a bullfight that many expect to take place, and even launch BTC towards a new ATH.

With that in mind, it is not very surprising that all eyes are on BTC, and every movement that performs the project often ends up being carefully studied. That is why many have noticed a great trend regarding Bitcoin nodes recently. Thanks to the use of the TOR (The Onion Router) network, bitcoin nodes are now becoming completely anonymous to run.

According to Bitnodes data, the first two weeks of January have seen the number of anonymous nodes increase from 2.1% to 19.7%, which is the biggest contribution the TOR network has had.

Growing anonymity thanks to the TOR Network

Until now, it is unknown why the increase of anonymous nodes occurs. However, it cannot be denied that the TOR network, which revolves around privacy and anonymity, has been a very useful tool when it comes to dealing with the problems that the BTC network sees during the configuration of a node.

With the configuration of a new node that is generally difficult to do so that everyone can see it, TOR is able to solve the problem by routing it. With Bitcoin growing continuously as a project, and with everything that is expected to take place in 2020, it is not surprising that new nodes emerge worldwide.

In fact, at the end of 2019, it was reported that Bitcoin nodes outperform Ethereum in thousands. Not only that, but Bitcoin fans have been conducting experiments with nodes lately, they even managed to run a full node in a Tesla car, which was a fairly popular story that recently appeared in numerous headlines.

Bitnodes data also indicates that the number of nodes that use the TOR network has grown from about two hundred to about two thousand. Similar growth was observed before, too, especially during the summer of last year. In mid-2019, the number of nodes using the TOR network tripled for approximately two weeks, before falling to normal levels.

The Bitcoin network continues to grow

As the number of nodes using TOR increases, the number of those using IPv4 and IPv6 seems to be decreasing, indicating that users can relocate to TOR permanently.

It is still unknown where the users are using TOR, although it was noted that several countries, including Germany, France and the Netherlands, have seen a decrease in the presence of their nodes. This indicates that at least some of the new anonymous nodes may be located in these countries.

The growing number of nodes is generally a good thing for the Bitcoin network. Not only does it indicate growth in interest and adoption, but it also makes the network more resistant to a 51% attack. Bitcoin has also seen a massive increase in the hash rate recently, which currently stands at 126 quintillion hash per second, compared to 36 quintillion last year.

So far, the value of the currency seems to be the only aspect that has not been able to grow properly, although many assume that it is only a matter of time before the price recovers.

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