Crypto-friendly web browser Opera is expanding its integration of decentralized web pages served by blockchain domain name provider Unstoppable Domains – a blockchain company backed by high-profile Bitcoin (BTC) lawyer Tim Draper.
On Wednesday, Opera said that users of the browser on any platform – iOS, Android, Windows, Mac or Linux – will now take advantage of the full, native integration of Unstoppable Domains’ .crypto domain names.
The move expands access to decentralized web pages to all of Opera’s estimated 320+ million monthly active users and marks Opera as one of the mainstream web browsers in supporting a domain name system that is not part of the dominant Domain Name Service.
The .crypto domain names are struck as intangible tokens on the Ethereum blockchain, giving their creators full control and ownership rights over their pages. The .crypto names typically sell as NFTs for as little as $ 40, although more coveted addresses such as win.crypto, gambling.crypto, and hotels.crypto sold for $ 100,000 each in March of this year.
Native integration makes accessing .crypto sites as easy as a traditional .com address. For users of the decentralized web on Opera, an added convenience is that .crypto domain names can be used in place of the unwieldy alphanumeric blockchain addresses used for payments through cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges.
Additionally, Opera’s support for IPFS allows users to retrieve .crypto sites from a decentralized network of computers rather than a cloud provider or server. IPFS is short for InterPlanetary File System, which is a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system.
While a decentralized web infrastructure can somewhat circumvent censorship for web domain name publishers and posters, Opera has previously highlighted that on the user side, VPNs may still be needed to bypass outside restrictions, even for. Crypto Sites.