# UTC Time
UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) is the international standard for keeping accurate time in the world. It is based on an atomic clock and regulated by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. UTC helps ensure that all clocks around the world are synchronized with one another, so that everyone has access to reliable time information regardless of their location. As such, it has become a widely used reference point when dealing with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
In cryptocurrency networks, transactions must be timestamped in order to verify them on the network. To do this accurately requires synchronizing local computers’ clocks using a reliable source like UTC time. This ensures that all computers have access to consistent data which can then be used as proof-of-work or other consensus algorithms for validating transactions on the network.
Due to its precision and accuracy, UTC time is considered more secure than local times which could lead to discrepancies in calculations related to cryptocurrency transactions or other processes involving dates/times within a distributed system such as blockchains or smart contracts platforms like Ethereum or Hyperledger Fabric. By referencing UTC across different computers instead of local times, any issues resulting from discrepancies between machines can be avoided due to their common reference point being universally accepted by all participants in a given network regardless of physical location differences between nodes.
By utilizing UTC when dealing with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies one can help ensure accuracy throughout various operations while avoiding potential errors stemming from inconsistencies among different machine’s individual timespans; thus providing an overall more secure experience when engaging with digital assets over these networks