Opera is launching its desktop web browser with built-in cryptographic portfolio functionality, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Wednesday, August 8th.
The company already offers a mobile cryptographic portfolio as part of its beta version of Opera for Android, launched in July at the start of this year. The work cites "strong interest" and an "incredibly positive response from the cryptographic community" to the mobile encrypted portfolio as the impetus for its latest move.
The new desktop version will work by allowing users to connect their desktop browser to their existing Crypto Wallet enabled mobile app by scanning a QR code – a system that Opera used to synchronize desktop-mobile apps for several years, such as, with his web client Whatsapp.
Using a connected mobile-desktop system means that the wallet can implement the locking of the phone security system to allow users to sign transactions using their fingerprints, rather than entering passwords in their browsers, which press release are not only more efficient but potentially safer. The existing Android cryptographic portfolio is "controlled by the user", which means that the keys are stored on the phone rather than on a centralized server.
As with the mobile app, the desktop client will support digital tokens and collector items, with Opera Crypto's product leadership Charles Hamel commenting that browser integration is a further step forward in "making cryptocurrencies and Web 3.0. mainstream."
Opera's Web and mobile browsers have particularly included anti-cryptojacking software in January of this year.
At the end of June, unconfirmed rumors arose that the popular crypto trading and crypto trading app offered native cryptography functionality, after the company published a job posting for cryptocurrency engineers suggesting that it was studying the development of a portfolio infrastructure.