Opera’s partnership with Unstoppable Domain, a tech firm backed by prominent Bitcoin (BTC) advocates Tim Draper, enables users to access decentralized web pages. With the collaboration, users will be able to view blockchain-based websites just by typing .crypto domains into Opera Browser just like they would use the .com domain.
Last October, Opera becomes the first Web browser Opera that allows making payments with Bitcoin (BTC) directly inside the browser.
Efforts Towards Decentralization
The integration will offer 80 million users access to the decentralized Internet via the latest web 3.0 browser. This type of the Internet enables peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions with no involvement of a middleman, reportedly designed to avoid censorship.
This .crypto domain extension enables cryptocurrency payments along with accessing decentralized websites.
According to the announcement shared, instead of by registrar firms, blockchain domains are stored by the owner, and decentralized websites are stored on peer-to-peer networks and not on cloud services, which makes it possible to conduct transactions without an intermediary.
Unstoppable Domains illustrated that the development would affect the speed of the internet connection as, over time, a distributed network is more robust, has far better uptime, and will even reduce the risk of incidents like DDoS attacks.
Opera Makes Way For Access to Decentralized Pages & Crypto Payments
Unstoppable Domains CEO, Matthew Gould, said: “We believe that a decentralized web is critical for protecting free speech around the world. The Unstoppable Blockchain Browser is the first browser that makes visiting decentralized websites as easy as a traditional .com website. All browsers should embrace the decentralized web.”
Brad Kam, a co-founder of Unstoppable Domains, reported that, “We believe that tools like Ethereum and IPFS will create a better internet than what exists with DNS and ICANN. It’s just beginning, but this system could replace the old Internet entirely.”
Kam said, “Our partnership with Opera means that users can now view a .crypto website just as easily as a .com website.” These websites also behave as cryptocurrency wallets and allow users to make crypto payments.
Talking about countries with internet censorship and de-anonymization issues, he noted that, “Just as with the current web, if users are facing those types of issues, they would need to use VPNs or a similar tool. Decentralized websites solve a user’s ability to publish — it’s on the publishing side rather than on the viewing side. Right now, you can’t publish using a traditional domain registrar if you’re in a place that is limiting free speech. Whereas, with decentralized website tools, you could. So it’s about publishing and not the viewing.”
Opera’s integration with Unstoppable Domains is now live in Opera’s Android mobile app. By adding a “.crypto” in place of a “.com,” users can now use Opera to connect with MyEtherWallet, Coinomi, Kyber’s Dex, and Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano’s podcast as well.