I'm relatively new to Bitcoin and cryptocurrency so please excuse my newbie question.

I'm looking for a reliable method to convert national currency (i.e. "normal" money) into Bitcoin. A quick google turns up a plethora of exchanges, but I have no idea how to judge which are reliable. By "reliable", I have two chief concerns:

  1. That my information will be treated securely and privately; and
  2. That the funds I deposit will arrive in my Bitcoin wallet.

Please give me some advice on an exchange or exchanges considered reliable by the community, or even better, a list of criteria by which to determine this for myself.



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