Opera’s new Web3 initiative Crypto Browser Project is available in public beta for Windows, Mac and Android.
As stated in the Opera blog post: it’s specifically designed to work with a variety of decentralized apps, or dApps, as well as provide deeper functionality than a traditional browser that has a basic web wallet add-on.
The Crypto Corner gives you access to the latest blockchain news, upcoming airdrops, an industry events calendar, NFTs, crypto communities, educational content, podcasts and videos as well as crypto prices, gas fees and market sentiment – all in one spot.
The browser’s main feature is that users can switch between apps without having to sign into their wallets for each new tab, which works for any app that has an Opera wallet integration.
What is a crypto custodial wallet? Most of us put our money earned from our jobs in a bank or in the hands of others to manage for us. Cryptocurrency, like cash, must be stored somewhere so that you can keep track of it, make deposits, and withdraw from your total as needed.
A traditional bank is the most obvious analogy for a crypto custodial wallet. When you open a checking or savings account, you give your information, funds, and trust to a third party or the bank. The same is true for cryptocurrency and a custodial wallet.
Whilst storing your cryptocurrency in a custodial wallet places your private keys (and thus your money) in the hands of a third-party company, storing it in a non-custodial wallet gives you complete control. This means that you are solely responsible for keeping track of your private keys, which allow you to access your cryptocurrency funds.
In theory, choosing the non-custodial wallet option turns you into your own bank. However, you must be technically skilled enough to understand all of the complexities of transactions and have a good enough memory to avoid misplacing your private keys. You lose your money if you lose your keys.
With the crypto browser you are also getting a secure clipboard that allows you to safely copy and paste. By securely monitoring itself, the clipboard makes sure no other apps have modified your wallet address or other sensitive data. You’ll also enjoy Opera’s free, no-log browser VPN, native ad-blocker and tracker blocker, but with the added access to Web3 websites and dApps – directly from the browser’s address bar.
You first have to download the Opera Crypto Browser on Android, Windows or Mac (iOS coming soon). You can then create your Opera wallet or use an existing wallet if you already have one.