Popular Ethereum wallet MetaMask has rolled out an update to its Web3 onramp, focusing heavily on privacy and encryption.
The wallet, which works hand-in-hand with browser extensions, allows users to store Ethereum and other ERC-20 tokens. Today it announced the new features of Version 8. And the changes don’t just include the new user interface (UI) which is “slick” but “unmatched privacy control” when a user connects to a website.
To use MetaMask, users must be connected to Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Brave browsers. Once installed, transactions can be made to any Ethereum address.
But the wallet connected to the browser exposes the current user’s account to all linked sites. The new version of the wallet allows users to “decide what each site has access to.”
“This new feature allows you to easily switch between accounts, so you can control which accounts interact with different sites across the decentralized web,”
wrote MetaMask developer Dan Finlay in the announcement.
As part of the updated privacy features, a new encryption tool is included in the update — enabling websites to encrypt and decrypt messages destined for Web3 users. Those who use MetaMask, who want to send important messages that rarely can encrypt them.
What are the newest features?
MetaMask Version 8 also aims to help get more users to Web3. Finlay noted in his post that his team had received feedback from app developers that boarding users when connected via MetaMask accounts had been a source of “frictionIn fact, it’s one that some developers are trying to tackle head-on by creating new tools, like Audius’s Hedgehog, that aim to simplify that process.
MetaMask, which acts as a gateway to the Ethereum dapp ecosystem, now wants to help ease those too. Its wallet update now contains an onboarding library “allowing apps to implement their own connection buttons” —so sticking with Web3 apps is a seamless experience.
And the security on the platform has also been updated.
With a number of new features, it is clear that MetaMask is on a mission to make interacting with the Ethereum blockchain as easy as possible.