Peer-to-peer, open-source digital currencies are gradually becoming part of everyday life. Yet the most popular digital currencies are failing to protect their users' privacy, exposing their transactions and balances to the general public.
AEON unleashes this new decentralized era to all mobile devices. It is enabling an age where everyone has the freedom to send, receive, and store money on their go-to device without surrendering a practical degree of privacy.
Каждая сделка защищена надежной криптографией и распространяется через глобальную пиринговую сеть для достижения консенсуса.
По умолчанию AEON использует криптографическую систему для перевода средств, при этом идентификационная информация каждого пользователя не отображается в цепочке блоков.
AEON использует кольцевые подписи чтобы сделать транзакции не отслеживаемыми, а это означает, что при анализе блокчейна очень сложно определить, были ли потрачены средства.
Mobile friendliness, the top priority of AEON, led to the following critical differences from Monero:
We believe ASIC resistance is ultimately futile while imposing various forms of undesirable cost. Our ASIC-friendly PoW (KangarooTwelve) allows for faster verification of the blockchain. This also helps stabilize the protocol as the need for PoW-change hard forks is eliminated.
Monero's RingCT for encrypting transaction amounts comes with a theoretical risk of catastrophic collapse of the monetary system due to hidden inflation if the discrete log of the second generator is discovered. Favoring supply soundness over privacy, we choose not to use RingCT until cryptographers invent an efficient commitment scheme with unconditional soundness. We believe practical level of privacy can still be achieved without RingCT. Not using RingCT also contributes to faster syncing.
AEON's block time is 4 minutes. This halves the number of blocks produced each day compared to Monero, further reducing the cost of running a node.
AEON's ring size is fixed to 3 which is the bare minimum needed to prevent chain reactions (link). Monero's higher ring size means more degree of obfuscation for each transaction, but it also comes at the cost of increased blockchain size and longer verification time. We choose to stick with ring size 3 until a convincing evidence against it is found.
These differences combined result in much lower cost of running a node, smaller blockchain size, and shorter sync time compared to Monero even if the difference in adoption level is factored out. While still drawing from the technical advantages of Monero and CryptoNote, AEON has distinct development goals and an independent community that enable it to thrive as its own currency.