Where did and how do people come to know about crypto currency

The recent Bitcoin boom everyone has heard about. I along with many others heard about bitcoin only when it touched the highest. I never heard of cryptocurrency before. How do people come to know about such things at the earliest.. Where to follow any website / magazine etc..
Also any suggestions for investing in cryptocurrency. I am planning to invest a small amount which i can afford to loose and  there are so many coming nowadays.

Rohit BajajAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I heard about Bitcoins a while back while reading the Economist magazine. I have a subscription to this.

Also look at the Wall Street Journal


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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Actually I got to know, quite some time back, it due to the emergent of ransomware. Catch the history of ransomware

 The ransom asked by this malware is in Bitcoin or cryptocurrency in general before the files can be gotten back. The recent surge of the ICO of this type of currency in the news and regulations on this by authority to public users also reminded again it's existence.

Check out this 101. Some notable events
In the 2000s, after the FBI shut down e-Gold, cryptocurrencies began popping up in the cryptography community and mailing lists. Known as the Cypherpunks, people like Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, and Jacob Appelbaum, the developer of Tor, were members.

Unfortunately, none of these cryptocurrencies could gather the necessary momentum to push them into the public’s consciousness until, in 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto published a paper titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”.
As for the getting started into this, suggest you look at the section on "What do I need to get started?". It has some nic comparison of the exchanges. Good to take note that Cryptocurrencies are not without their pitfalls, and you will need to be careful when handling your digital currency to avoid losing everything you own.

Here are a few tips:

Before you send cryptocoins to someone, always double check their wallet address.

Never hand over products or services before the transaction on the blockchain is verified. This might take up to ten minutes on some blockchains.

Always keep the computer on which your wallet is installed safe and clean from viruses and malware.

Never lose your wallet password. You might not be able to get it back, and every cryptocoin you own will be lost.

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