Renowned cryptocurrency browser Opera is expanding its integration of decentralized sites provided by blockchain name provider Unstoppable Domains – a blockchain firm backed by the high-profile Bitcoin [BTC] advocate Tim Draper.
Earlier today on Wednesday, Opera revealed that users of the browser on any platform – iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, or Linux – will now enjoy full, native integration of Unstoppable Domains’ .crypto domain names.
The move extends access to decentralized sites to all or any of Opera’s estimated 320+ Mln monthly active users and marks Opera out among mainstream web browsers in supporting a website name system that’s not a part of the dominant name Service.
The .crypto domain names are minted as nonfungible tokens on the Ethereum [ETH] blockchain, allowing their creators with complete control and ownership rights over their pages. The .crypto names typically sell as NFTs for as little as $40 USD, although more coveted addresses like win.crypto, gambling.crypto and hotels.crypto were sold for $100k each earlier in March of this year.
Due to the native integration, access to .crypto sites is simply as easy as a standard .com address. For users of the decentralized web on Opera, further convenience is that .crypto domain names are often used rather than the unwieldy alphanumeric blockchain addresses used for payments across crypto wallets and exchanges.
Additionally, due to Opera’s support of IPFS, users can retrieve .crypto sites from a decentralized network of computers instead of a cloud provider or server. IPFS is an acronym for InterPlanetary filing system, a p2p [Peer-to-Peer] hypermedia protocol for storing and sharing data within a distributed filing system.
While decentralized web infrastructure goes some way toward circumventing censorship for publishers & posters of web domain names, Opera has earlier emphasized that on the user side, VPNs should be necessary to urge around externally imposed restrictions, even for .crypto related sites.