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Well, this a great news! Opera is to become the first desktop browser to include a cryptocurrency wallet. Users will not need third-party extensions or applications. That is interesting approach to security. But handling cryptocurrencies is about to get easier.
The cryptocurrency wallet integrated in the Android version of Opera since June of this year since desktop wallet is synchronized with it. If you want to send some payment, you should sign transaction using your phone’s built-in fingerprint reader, rather than typing out a long passphrase.
And that is the most important question about security. Passwords can be forgotten. They can be stolen. The biometric access, not perfect but it is in theory more secure and less liable to result in irretrievable coins. Funds and assets and the secure cryptographic keys associated with them are stored locally on the user’s phone, not on a remote server somewhere. To connect the mobile wallet to the desktop browser, the user only has to scan a QR code.
“After making crypto payments smooth and easy on mobile, we wanted the find the perfect solution for PCs”, said Opera EVP of Browsers, Krystian Kolondra, in a statement. “We realized the best way is to utilize our new mobile crypto wallet technology and to give our PC users access to it.”
Opera is making a big bet that blockchain and distributed apps (called Web 3.0) will become mainstream in a significant way. By adding this attribute, it place its browser at the essence of it.
“Our next aim is to make crypto-integration mainstream,” said Kolondra. “We believe blockchain technology has the power to transform the web of tomorrow and expect it to make a big difference in the years to come.”
Opera promises its browser cryptocurrency integration will roll out to users “soon.” Who want to get a sneak peek can subscribe on https://www.opera.com/crypto.