First things first - I know that 90% of you have skipped straight to this bit.
Okay, you greedy so and so’s - you spent $25 on this - now it’s time to get your money’s worth.
(Although I spent a lot of time writing this, I would really appreciate you going back and actually reading my stuff at some point).
Before investing or depositing money in any of these exchanges or platforms, you need to do your own research to make sure that your money is safe and that the project/platform is being run in a sustainable way.
We’ve been over some of the things that can happen, so it's best to research thoroughly and make sure your funds are safe. The safest thing to do would be to buy crypto on an exchange, take advantage of their bonuses and BOUNCE - by moving your funds into a privately owned wallet.
N.B. Some of these links are referral links, so I get bonuses for people that sign up.
Coinbase is the second largest crypto exchange in the world. They have emphasised their transparency and that they hold customer assets 1:1 - meaning they do not use deposited funds to invest and try to earn an extra return.