I did just buy myself my first bitcoin some days ago and I now have my own electrum wallet, it take some time to get a grip and get enough knowledge to to understand how it works. But ones you understand the basics it is not more diffcult then paypal to be honest, instead of email address you send to a wallet address. To buy bitcoins these days are kind of easy. There is noob apps like circle pay which make it very easy.
It is easy as long as you do not want the money to be non-traceable which is the whole point of using bitcoin or why the big mass attract to it (besides those who prospect and earn money from it) if you want the money non traceable you can always launder the money to make the money non-tracable there is these 3 methods, I use the first mixing method.
I have not been reading enough about mining, how much computer power you really need to create money. I think it has become to a point now that most of them miners are done with bigger computer halls, so I can imagine it hard to compete.
In general I would recommend using youtube to learn about bitcoin it easy really the easiest way to get into it, so many good guides.
The first step is to buy bitcoins, there is plenty sites you can buy with credit card these days, all are required by law to ask for your personal information and a copy that proves it such as you passport, that means you need to trust the site. On some sites you can both by bitcoins all also have the wallet there.
But it most common you use a webwallet like https://blockchain.info/wallet
it is same here, it demands you give them a lot of trust guarding your money and your identity, blockchain.info have never become hacked.
Using a lightweight Bitcoin clients that store the bitcoins locally and encrypted on your computeron your hardrive is the most safe way, then you guard the money, and you do not need to give your personal info to anyone, such as electrum and multibit.
The most secure way to store your money is using Bitcoin Core, but it will generate a lot of internet traffic, it will download the whole blockchain which is about 80gb.
Then we have the best way, and it is hardware wallets like keepkey. I will consider to buy a hardware wallet actually. Otherwise I really recommend electrum
Well the bottomline is I think cryptocurrency are a very interesting phenomen and is here to stay, I think, it have got a bad reputation, it is not only used for drug dealers it is used by a lot of traders too, also, it can be a way to invest the money and let it grow, bitcoin is only one of the cryptocurrencys around the globe, I really think they will be more and more important in future, they are global, and no one really controlls them besides the market itself, I think more and more people find less and less confidence in todays normal currencys when will the next financial crisis come ? we all know it is only a matter of time.
cryptocurrency is a really good alternative to that, and what makes it good and healthy is that it is global and de-centralized, Personally if I would decide we all would go over to cryptocurrency, it is the future.