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Launched in 2016, Zcash (ZEC) is a privacy focused cryptocurrency built on the Zerocoin protocol. Although the Zcash blockchain is public, users can take advantage of the optional privacy feature, which conceals transaction informations.
In order to provide this feature, Zcash coins are always in one of two separate pools, the transparent pool or the shielded pool. Utilizing this approach, Zcash aims to be the “https” to bitcoins “http”.