One of the biggest companies offering cold storage cryptocurrency wallets, Ledger, has introduced a browser plugin to boost digital asset connectivity and online security, the business exclusively revealed to TechCrunch.
Ian Rogers, chief experience officer of Ledger, said: “You think of Web 1.0 as usernames and passwords, Web 2.0 as logging in with Facebook, Google, iCloud,Twitter, and web3 is [about] connecting to your wallet. So fixing this significant usability issue with connectivity in web3 and the connectivity experience is what we’re talking about here.
The Ledger Extension is suitable with platforms and dApps built on Ethereum and Polygon, and the startup said it will eventually support Solana and further EVM-compatible chains. Now, it only works with Safari, iOS, and MacOS, but it will soon include support for Windows, Chrome, and Chromium-based browsers like Brave, Opera, and Edge.
Currently, it can be used on a few dApps and platforms, including the decentralized exchanges PancakeSwap, Curve, and NFT marketplace OpenSea.
The extension aims to offer experiences comparable to those offered by browser extensions for cryptocurrency wallets like MetaMask, but instead of being a hot wallet that is connected to the internet and more vulnerable to online attacks, it will continue to be a cold wallet that enables users to communicate directly with dApps through Bluetooth.
When you ask them explicitly how it’s difficult to use, most people shrug their shoulders, but I believe the issues are with onboarding and connectivity, according to Rogers. “This is to make that right,”