Opera becomes the first web browser to introduce the built-in crypto wallet for the desktop browser. The announcement was made in a press release on August 8, 2018. Now users can make Ethereum payments straight from their browsers. There is no need to have complex extensions or special apps. This is Opera’s second step towards making cryptocurrencies and Web 3.0 mainstream. Earlier in July 2018 Opera had introduced mobile crypto wallet for the Android version. The new desktop version has improved user security features.
How it Works
Users can connect their desktop browser with the existing built-in crypto wallet in the mobile app. The connection is established by scanning a QR code.
On successful connection, users can make Ethereum payments directly from the desktop through decentralized apps. Just a click on payment button will suffice. On click, a notification sends to the Android version of Opera. This notification is to seek permission for payment and conclude the transaction.
Most importantly, the integrated mobile desktop platform makes use of secure mobile system lock. Users can simply authenticate the payment using their fingerprints. There is no risk of entering passwords in their browsers. Besides, it reduces the complexity involved in making crypto payments.
The Product Lead of Opera Crypto, Charles Hamel, commented:
“By adding a crypto wallet directly into the browser, we removed the need for complex extensions or separate apps, opening up the PC browser to crypto marks Opera’s second step towards making cryptocurrencies and Web 3.0 mainstream.”
Opera Enabled Anti-Crypto Jacking
It is the method used to hack personal computers or smartphones to remotely mine cryptocurrencies. This drains the system battery faster and slows down the device. To curb such practices, Opera has added a new functionality in Jan 2018 to protect the devices against crypto mining. This problem is universal and affects approximately 500 million people.
Opera to Support Other Cryptocurrencies Too
The new version of desktop integration will benefit Ethereum users in many ways.
Hamel added: “Some users prefer to perform crypto payments or interact with DApp on their desktop. They can now do so in a simple way by using the same wallet they have on their mobile phone.”
However, the users who prefer payment from desktop will take time to use and accept this new feature completely.
Opera has decided to start with Ethereum as it is one of the largest crypto community. Besides, it has plans to support other cryptocurrency platforms in the future.
Finally, all the hard work they have done for the past 18 months is going to yield results soon. Moreover, Opera is happy to be recognized as the first browser to integrate crypto wallet with the mobile app in a decentralized network.