Opera enables .crypto domains for 80M users

on Mar 31, 2020
  • This means is users will now be able to access decentralized .crypto websites on their mobile devices.
  • This marks a new era of blockchain integration.
  • It’s only a matter of time before the .crypto domain name is as ever-present and accessible as the others.

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The Android users of Opera, one of the first “blockchain ready” online browsing platforms, have incorporated support for Unstoppable Domains’ website domains on Monday.

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Boosting Versatility Through Integration

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This partnership allows for the 200,000 registered .crypto domains from unstoppable Domains to gain an immediate inroad within Opera’s user base, clocking in at 80 million strong. What this means is these users are now capable of accessing Unstoppable’s Interplanetary File System-stored (IPFS), Ethereum smart contract-registered websites. They will be capable of doing this without even the need to leave the browser’s address bar.

Brad Kam, the founder of Unstoppable Domains, commented on this matter. He explained that Opera’s integration with their domain names allows for those domains in particularly to become far more useful than they once were. In the past, the only way to access these domains was through either Unstoppable’s own browser, which many users opt away from, or otherwise using the Google Chrome Extension.

Achievements From All Sides

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When you review it from a technical standpoint, this integration makes for an exciting milestone for Opera, in particular. At the very beginning of the browser’s history, more than 26 years ago, it was only capable of viewing .coms, .orgs, .nets, and other standard domain names.

Standard internet browsers access the IP address of websites by leveraging the Domain Name System, or DNS, servers. The DNS is the internet’s universal counterpart to ye olde phonebook. However, Unstoppable has stated that there is no DNS entry for .crypto domains, making it quite literally off-the-books.

Kam explained that the integrated browser of Opera leverages a process to access .crypto sites that are fundamentally different than the conventional method. This is due to the fact that the domains themselves actively scatter themselves and their contents across the distributed host network of IPFS. They store their content locators, which are IPFS hashes, through the use of Ethereum smart contracts.

Accessing Ethereum’s Network Directly

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Kam explained that, should he view a website with the .crypto domain, he will have the browser literally look up the Ethereum Blockchain itself to locate the website’s content. This is a powerful, decentralized alternative to the use of DNS servers.