Common Myths About Blockchain Technology 

Jenny Handwerk |

Common Myths About Blockchain Technology 


With good reason, blockchain has been one of the most talked-about technologies in recent years. Its capacity to deliver efficiency, security, and transparency has revolutionized many businesses. However, several misconceptions and fallacies have surfaced as this technology has become more widely used. 

Businesses, governments, and people are drawn to it because of its capacity to produce clear and unchangeable records. Like any new technology, blockchain is subject to several myths and misconceptions that may impede its use and development. To fully grasp blockchain's potential and constraints, dispelling these blockchain myths and distinguishing fact from fiction is imperative. 

Like any new technology, blockchain is not without myths. We'll debunk five of them in this article while highlighting some ways that blockchain may be incredibly beneficial to businesses and organizations of all types.


Blockchain is Bitcoin, and Bitcoin is Blockchain

This is untrue. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency application based on blockchain technology to gain widespread recognition or adoption. Blockchain technology is not limited to the financial industry. Although not all distributed ledgers are inherently blockchains, blockchain technology is one kind of distributed ledger technology. 


Blockchain is anonymous

A common misconception regarding blockchain technology is the distinction between privacy and anonymity. Blockchain ensures that there is always proof that a particular transaction took place, but anonymity makes it difficult to determine who was engaged in a transaction; on the other hand, privacy means that only those who need to know are involved.

Although blockchains are private, every transaction—regardless of its purpose—is timestamped and recorded in a private ledger open for public viewing. Interested parties can find out who sent or received them, how much was exchanged, and for what purpose, even though these details aren't immediately apparent.


Blockchain is a cloud-based database.


The idea that blockchain technology operates similarly to a cloud-based database is another common misperception. But this is a false impression. Blockchain and cloud-based databases store data, but their organizational and structural components differ significantly.

Blockchain is dispersed over a network of computers, while cloud-based databases are centralized and managed by a single institution. Blockchain stores data over a network of nodes instead of cloud-based databases, which store data in a single location. Blockchain is now more transparent, safe, and resistant to manipulation and threats because of its decentralization.


Blockchains Are Costly and Inefficient


This is mostly untrue. This is dependent on how the blockchain is structured; for example, permissioned blockchains are typically less expensive and energy-efficient than alternatives. Blockchains employ proof of work (PoW), a consensus technique commonly used in permissionless networks mining cryptocurrencies. Nevertheless, consensus methods other than PoW are used by permission networks and even by specific permissionless networks.


All blockchains are public.

Blockchains come in several varieties, such as public and private ones. Public blockchains are transparent and open to all users. Conversely, private blockchains are inaccessible to the broader public and limited to a few users.


Blockchains cannot be altered or changed.


Once made, a public block can be changed; however, doing so will create a new block and an unquestionable trace. A document could also be timestamped in a bank. Re-timing a document in case it needs to be changed results in a new piece of paper—in this case, a new block in the chain—but it also allows for amendments to be made.  The blockchain is complicated to tamper with because each modification and its creation date are visible to the public.


There is only one blockchain.

Some think there is just one blockchain. That being said, this is not true. Numerous blockchain networks and protocols exist, each with distinct features and attributes. There are other blockchain networks, but some of the more well-known ones are Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Hyperledger Fabric. 


Blockchain eliminates the need for intermediaries.

Blockchain can lessen the need for intermediaries in many processes but can only partially replace them. In some circumstances, intermediaries can still be required to satisfy specific legal, regulatory, or trust requirements.


Final Notes

Blockchain technology is revolutionary; it is transforming commerce and the planet. Despite its ability to change numerous sectors, there are still many myths and misconceptions about it. These misconceptions can cause misunderstandings and uncertainty, which makes it challenging for companies to use this technology efficiently. Unlocking the full potential of blockchain technology requires an understanding of its limitations and advantages.