Kaspersky study: Bitcoin adoption has risen by 700% in five years

16 Feb, 2019
by Richard Allen
Bitcoin
Kaspersky study: Bitcoin adoption has risen by 700% in five years

Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky and Coinmap have conducted a study looking into Bitcoin’s adoption in the last five years. According to the results, Bitcoin’s adoption has grown 700% in that time.

The survey was conducted in 2018 and a total of 12,448 consumers were surveyed in 22 countries with a goal of determining changes in online shoppers’ behavior and preferred method of payment.

According to the results, the vast majority of people (81%) still prefer using a debit or credit card to complete an online purchase. People are however warming up to the idea of alternative methods of payments. 13% of respondents stated that they have used cryptocurrencies, while 58% have used e-wallets like PayPal.

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Head of Verification at Kaspersky, Vitaly Mzokov said he was surprised by the success of cryptocurrency considering the sharp decline in prices. This demonstrates that cryptocurrencies have a real use that could play an essential role in the future of online payments.

“Despite a fall in cryptocurrency prices, there is still a strong desire for digital transactions amongst consumers. Our consumer research has found that 13% of people have used cryptocurrency as a payment method, which was surprising to see.”

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