The speed of transactions explained

Those who are fairly new to the world of crypto can sometimes be concerned about apparent delays in transactions, so we feel it’s important to write a note about it.

One of the strengths of crypto is the number of confirmations required for each transaction.  In a centralized ecosystem, one entity confirms a transaction. In a decentralized ecosystem using blockchain, the verification is distributed among many who validate these transactions.

This increased security via consensus on the blockchain takes time. Crypto developers are working all the time to attempt to make transactions faster, without sacrificing security.

Here at XGo, we’re very careful about only honoring valid transactions and, where needed, we wait for a safe number of validated confirmations to be reached before we accept them.

To do this in a way that’s acceptable to us, we add an extra layer of checks. This means that when you transact with XGo, this happens:

  1. The blockchain carries out its usual validation checks
  2. XGo adds its own internal transaction monitoring to check for things like money laundering and fraud

Our extra checks are automated, so they don’t add to your waiting time. Transactions typically take between 1 and 15 minutes, depending on the currency. 

It’s also important for you to know that different currencies can operate on different blockchains, and speed is influenced by the volume and validation complexity of transactions on each one. This varies from blockchain to blockchain.

Of course, if you have any questions at all, just get in touch.

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