Opera continues to take a giant step towards making its browser friendly to people with passion for trading in cryptocurrency. Recall that the browser added a built-in protection against cryptojacking last January, and has now followed that up by adding a crypto wallet—thus becoming the first major browser to do that.
The feature, which is currently only an invite-only one because it is still in its beta stage, will ease the process of handling cryptocurrencies. Once fully functional, there will no longer be need for the use of third-party extensions or applications.
The desktop wallet supports which supports Ethereum, its tokens, and collectibles according to TNW, synchronizes with the crypto wallet that had been integrated into the Android version of the app since last June. When you want to make a payment, you will have to sign transactions using the built-in fingerprint reader on your phone thereby nullifying the need for a passphrase that is often times too long.
“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 per TNW. “We realized the best way is to utilize our new mobile crypto wallet technology and to give our PC users access to it.”
Opera believes that the future of blockchain is bright, and is going all out to position itself before that time. Its plans are quite tempting to say the least, and being the first major browser to add a crypto wallet gives it a head start.
“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.”
Cryptojacking is one of the biggest problems facing a lot of people online these days, and Opera moved in quickly to lend a helping hand to millions of its users. It launched built-in protection feature against cryptojacking last January.
33,000 websites, according to a study published by AdGuard in 2017, used crypto-coin mining scripts as a tool for monetization. The AdGuard publication estimates that these websites are able to reach as many as one billion people every single month.
Opera said its desire is to protect not only the lifespan of your battery, but help your CPU running as fast as it could:
“Everyone is talking about Bitcoins these days. Their sudden rise in value resulted in the fact that more and more people set out to mine them by running shady scripts on the PCs of unsuspecting users. This situation might sound familiar: your CPU is suddenly working at 100 percent capacity, the fan is going crazy for seemingly no reason and your battery is quickly depleting,” Opera said in a blog post back in January.
You can turn on the ad blocker in your browser preferences where you will find the new addition, which allows you to simply tick the “No Coin box.”