I have been reading quite a bit on here about how to buy bitcoins and trying to get it right in my head before I do. Most of you seem to suggest wallets as I'm guessing the money is less likely to get lost? What wallet can I use that is secure but on a laptop, are they free, are they separate from the sites you buy the bitcoins on and how do I remain anon~? Sorry for all the questions.Thanks
I use Electrum, it's a free easy to use wallet with all the features you'd ever need. The wallet is like your man in the middle you send the bitcoins from where you bought them to your wallet, then send them from your wallet to the seller. To be honest most of the time now I just buy my btc from bittylicious.com and pay straight to littlebiggy rather than using my wallet... (every time you send bitcoin it costs bitcoin so it's cheaper to send direct).
Alternatively some of the sites you buy the btc from will offer you an online wallet. Never store btc in an online wallet but it's fine if your spending your btc straight away.
Also it's getting difficult to pay for btc by card, paying by transfer is much more reliable.
Yeah it's fine for that mate it's all quite secure tbh I haven't lost a penny in a over a year of it. I'd recommend sending the btc straight away because the value of bitcoin can drop (or rise) very quickly at times so the sooner you spend it the safer you are from any losses :) It's a bit scary at first but you quickly get into the rhythm of it, just double check everything before sending money/btc and you will be absolutely fine :)
Great, thank you, really appreciate the help! Guess the next thing is to get my head around the exchange rate (as you and others I've seen keep saying how fluctuating it is, better at night apparently). This is all a learning game!