Rapid and efficient user consensus, enabling even the smallest transactions
Algorand’s unique power source is rapid and efficient user consensus, enabling even the smallest transactions, regardless of transaction volume or number of users.
For each block of transactions, Algorand randomly selects a small, one-time group of users. To protect them from attackers, the identities of these users are hidden until the block is confirmed. The size of this group remains constant as the network grows.
Any currency representing a significant fraction of the world’s money will be attacked at the user level, the protocol level, and the network level. Algorand remains secure in the face of attacks.
Confirming transactions with Algorand does not require solving cryptographic puzzles. The consensus protocol is both computationally and energy efficient, which keeps transaction costs low. With no heavy lifting, even small players can transact. Algorand transactions are confirmed instantly, and transferred money is immediately available.
Algorand is fully decentralized. Every decision is reached by consensus and represents the will of the majority. All transactions are created and treated equally, regardless of size.
Algorand is guaranteed to work securely if the majority of the money in the system is owned by honest users. A user in Algorand does not need to put any fraction of his money at stake. A user’s money always remains in her hands, ready to be spent how she wishes.