What is Monero ?
Monero is a secure, private, untraceable currency. It is open-source and freely available to all.
With Monero, you are your own bank. Only you control and are responsible for your funds, and your accounts and transactions are kept private from prying eyes.
Want to find out more? An overview of Monero's main features are below. If you'd like to try Monero for yourself the Getting Started section is an excellent launching point.
The Latest News
[December 22 - Monero Core GUI Beta 1 Released]
The first beta of the long awaited Monero Core GUI
[December 14 - Monero 0.10.1 "Wolfram Warptangent" Released]
A mandatory update containing important, consensus-critical bug fixes
[November 27 - Overview and Logs for the Dev Meeting Held on 2016-11-27]
Brief update on next point release, Ring CT, 0MQ (and authentication), GUI, and crypto libs
Using the power of a distributed peer-to-peer consensus network, every transaction is cryptographically secured. Individual accounts have a 25 word mnemonic seed displayed when created, which can be written down to back up the account. Account files are encrypted with a passphrase to ensure they are worthless if stolen.
Monero uses a cryptographically sound system that allows you to send and receive funds without your transactions being publicly visible on the blockchain (the distributed ledger of transactions). This ensures that your purchases, receipts, and other transfers remain private by default.
By taking advantage of ring signatures, a special property of certain types of cryptography, Monero enables untraceable transactions. This means it's ambiguous which funds have been spent, and thus extremely unlikely that a transaction could be linked to particular user.