Litecoin has finally launched a long-awaited upgrade that will introduce a new era of transaction privacy. Before this upgrade, Litecoin transactions were publicly recorded in its blockchain, where users could see many details.
However, after two years of development, the Litecoin’s Upgrade has been launched this week, which is called “MimbleWimble”. Therefore in this article, you will discover how its upgrade works.
Litecoin’s Latest Upgrade Make you Have more Secure Transactions
The MimbleWimble Extension Block (MWEB) was used to integrate the protocol into the Litecoin network. This allows LTC holders to opt-in to more private and confidential transactions.
Interestingly, MimbleWimble, inspired in a fictional Harry Potter spell, is one of the network’s most significant upgrades in recent years.
Additionally, Litecoin’s lead developer, David Burkett, said that this upgrade improves Litecoin’s fungibility. This means that LTC holders can use it to pay salaries or make major purchases. Previously, this was not possible due to the transparency of the blockchain.
On the other hand, speaking to Bloomberg on February 2nd, Litecoin founder Charlie Lee explained what the protocol does and why it is important.
— Litecoin (@litecoin) February 2, 2022
When asked about regulatory concerns over privacy-centric cryptocurrencies, Lee said: “Financial privacy is a human right so we should all be able to spend money without exposing how much money we have.”
However, Lee added that this is an optional “opt-in” function on the network so exchanges will not have to work with MWEB.
Advantages of Litecoin’s Upgrade
There are a number of advantages to MimbleWimble in addition to advance privacy, these include:
- Fungibility – LTC holders can use this crypto as money, which means that recipients cannot see how much is in the sender’s wallet.
- Data Compression – MimbleWimble also allows for data compression, reducing the overall blockchain size.
- Scalability – The protocol is currently an extension of Litecoin. However, it may be also a sidechain solution with possible integrations with Bitcoin or another blockchain.
- Partial Privacy – MWEB removes some of the Bitcoin scripts and obfuscates some of the transaction details enabling more privacy for users.
Finally, the Litecoin Foundation believes that this upgrade will make Litecoin have a “sound money” concept as it can now behave more like real money. Furthermore, the Litecoin Foundation announced that it would be delving into the NFT space last month.
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— Litecoin (@litecoin) January 29, 2022
LTC Price Outlook
LTC had a hard time during this market-wide crypto slump. As a result, LTC prices have dropped 25% over the past month.
LTC is currently trading up just 2.5% on the day at $114 according to CoinGecko. Consequently, the asset has slumped 72% from its May 10 all-time high of $410 with a $7.9 billion in marketcap and more than 69.5 million in circulating supply.
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