Opera Updates Browser To Include Built-In Crypto Wallet & Web 3.0 Explorer
Opera is releasing a new browser with an integrated cryptocurrency wallet. Opera’s latest browser Opera 60 (christened Reborn 3) permits its users to deal and interface with blockchain-based Internet, also referred to as Web 3, with the browser featuring native digital currency named Opera Wallet.
In order to improve customer privacy and security, the browser also offers a virtual private network (VPN) in addition to a Web 3 explorer.
The Opera Wallet supposedly syncs with the digital wallet in the Opera browser installed in smartphones such that wallet keys will stay in smartphones forever. The news announcement elaborates on the browser as follows:
“In practice, whenever they need to identify themselves to a Web 3 website or sign a transaction on the blockchain, users get a notification on their smartphone. They can confirm it in the same way they unlock their system, using, for example, facial recognition or their fingerprint.”
With the inclusion of the VPN service, the enterprise strives to assure the data security of its clients by setting up an encoded tunnel that “protects the data of users from third parties and secures their location.”
Commenting on the benefits of blockchain technology, Opera executive vice president Krystian Kolondra said:
“Blockchain technologies bring the power and control back to the people. They can securely sign transactions and identify themselves to websites, without unnecessarily oversharing their data.”
Opera first stated in July 2018 that it was adding an integrated digital currency wallet to its Android browser. Product Manager Charles Hame said that “our hope is that this will accelerate the transition of cryptocurrencies from speculation and investment to being used for actual payments and transactions in our users’ daily lives.”
Last month Opera unveiled Opera Touch for iOS, a Web 3 browser with a built-in crypto wallet and Ethereum support (ETH), and decentralized application (DApps) interaction facility. Earlier to this, Opera introduced a new service allowing customers to buy Ethereum in Sweden, Norway and Denmark via Android’s browser version.
Earlier in 2019, pay-to-surf browser Brave, which is basically a modified form of Chromium, joined hands with Cheddar news portal to deliver its customers time bound complementary access to premium content, trackers. The open source browser blocks advertisements and portal trackers. The standard browser on Exodus, HTC’s indigenous blockchain phone is Brave.