What is Factom?

What is Factom?
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Factom is the first usable blockchain technology to solve real-world business problems by providing an unalterable record-keeping system. By creating a data layer on top of the Bitcoin blockchain, Factom’s distributed ledger technology secures millions of real-time records in the blockchain with a single hash using cryptographic isolation. Businesses and governments alike can use Factom to document their information so that it cannot be modified, deleted or backdated. Factom’s technology decentralizes record keeping by ensuring that the integrity of stored data remains intact, providing complete transparency, while at the same time maintaining user privacy in an increasingly digital world.

Factom is a distributed, decentralized protocol running on top of Bitcoin. That means nobody controls it, that it is software that people all over the world run to make the protocol work. The software is open source, and anyone is free to use it for any purpose. Factom gives developers the tools to build a new generation of applications that use blockchain technology. The blockchain stores all the transactions in the Bitcoin network.

If your application needs a central server to coordinate processes, you might be able to eliminate the central server in favor of using Factom. Unlike most databases, the blockchain is distributed across the Internet, making it practically impossible to shut down. Whereas the Bitcoin blockchain is a record of financial transactions, Factom is designed to store any type of data. This makes Factom an ideal platform for a wide range of applications, including financial systems, medical records, supply chain management, voting systems, property titles, legal applications, and much more.

## What Are Factoids?  The Factoid is the underlying token that allows you to hash something into the Factom network. The intial supply will be determined by the amount of Factoids sold during the software sale. Factoids are used as an anti-spam technique, as you purchase entry credits with your tokens allowing you to perform an action with Factom.

**Token Issuance**  You can use Factoids to purchase Entry Credits with a simple transaction. The protocol does the conversion, so you effectively purchase the Entry Credits from the protocol. You assign those Entry Credits to a public key and are then not transferrable.

Factoids** It will be very easy to start using and exchanging Factoids after they are distributed at the end of the Software Sale.

  • Step 1: Get A Factoids Wallet.
  • Step 2: Get Some Factoids at the best Factoids exchange if you haven’t already during the sale.
  • Step 3: Use Your Factoids and convert them to Entry Credits or trade them on an exchange.
  • Step 4: Stay Up-to-Date with the latest news by registering to Factom’s Newletter.
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