Brave, an internet browser that takes advantage of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, has just announced that it will be expanding its wallet services from its own asset (BAT) to also support Ethereum (ETH.)
According to a blog post, the platform will integrate this wallet into the Brave browser itself. Not only will it support BAT and ETH, but any Ethereum-based tokens as well, which is huge for games and other decentralized applications built on the Ethereum blockchain. It’s not unlike a Google Chrome extension, MetaMask, that allows token holders to interact with blockchain networks from their browser.
However, one should note that this is a client-side wallet, which means you’re in control of your private keys and other relevant information instead of the company.
As of now, the technology is still getting ready to enter a beta state:
“At present, Crypto Wallets is for people who already have a working understanding of cryptocurrency generally, and Ethereum specifically, and know how to use hardware and software wallets together safely. This isn’t a universal, built-for-everyone feature like Brave Rewards: it’s only for you if you are already familiar with crypto.”
Overall, the goal here is to push “the envelope when it comes to support for cryptocurrency and other blockchain applications on the web platform,” reads the post. It continues, stating that “this is only the beginning for tools and services which incorporate the exciting new suite of capabilities offered by decentralized computation platforms like Ethereum. At Brave, we endeavor to integrate technologies which put people in control of their online lives rather than having to rely on intermediaries and gatekeepers.”
Of course, the post is there referencing IPFS and WebTorrent that ensures access to the decentralized web. Torrents and related offerings provide just that, ensuring users can browse as they wish. Brave wants its browser to “be a tool for everyone.”
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