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Opera to Launch Its Crypto Wallet on Desktops, Introducing Biometric Verification

  • Yuri Molchan
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    The company to launch its wallet on desktops and offer Ethereum payments


Opera to Launch Its Crypto Wallet on Desktops, Introducing Biometric Verification
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In July 2018, the team of developers that created the world-famous Opera released an Ethereum wallet compatible with the Android-based browser. It lets you use your ETH storage software without having to install any extra extension. It works on the Web3 API by Ethereum.

Opera upgrade

On Aug. 8, the company posted data about an add-on to the existing browser. It will enable users to make ETH payments through the Opera browser on Windows-using devices. This is going to be achieved by means of integrating the browser with an Android ETH wallet.

Now users of Android-based phones and computers with Windows OS will be able to quickly and securely produce ETH payments. The security intends to be achieved by using biometric confirmation– i.e. operations will be confirmed with fingerprints.


As soon as users start utilizing this option boldly, Opera may well add other crypto coins to its new wallet and payment system. Besides, in the near future, the company intends to integrate its platform with iOS and Mac devices.

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The desktop wallet

One more upgrade that Opera plans to introduce is the release of the desktop version of its crypto wallet. It will not require you to install any additional extension or plugin. The synchronization with a smartphone will start as soon as you scan the QR-code.

All the security details, like private keys and passwords, will be stored on the smartphone.

The Opera’s user-base counts around 322 mln people. With all the abovementioned innovations implemented the browser may turn into a hub for crypto coin owners.

Presently, the wallet can store ETH, ERC20 tokens and ERC-721 collectibles. More electronic coins will be added later on.

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The inevitable quantum takeover     

Quantum computers are generally considered to be the Achilles’ heel of Blockchain-based cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. IBM has already announced its first quantum computer with Google and Intel also working in that direction in 2019.


IOTA, which is powered by DAG dubbed ‘Tangle’, is considered to be the only quantum-proof cryptocurrency on the market, but there could be yet another option – Hypercash that recently presented its post-quantum secure Ring CT protocol.    

‘If you want to use this computer to break the … normal security, it’ll take maybe 500 years to break the system. If you use a quantum computer, maybe several seconds. Hcash is trying to provide security, even in the existence of this future computer,’ – he claims during a recent interview.

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A precursor to Monero     

The aforementioned quantum-resistance cryptocurrency is based on Liu’s research paper about a ‘linkable ring signature.’  Fun fact: that paper, which was published back in 2014, was used by the creators of Monero as the basis for the flagship privacy coin.

The Ring Confidential Transaction (RingCT) allows having an external verifier without exposing who that verifier is. Liu didn’t expect the coin to produce any significant impact, but now he is eager to improve the protocol of the billion dollar currency without getting any financial gains.

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High hopes for Blockchain

Despite his gloomy prediction about the quantum takeover, Liu is still certain that the future of Blockchain is bright. He is certain that there will be an increasing number of Blockchain-related jobs that will be coupled with growing academic interest in cryptography. There is will be many use cases of Blockchain technology in different spheres of our life.

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