Popular Ethereum browser wallet Metamask has announced its latest iteration version 8 which comes loaded with a host of features intended at improving both user experience and developer integration processes.
Metamask is the leading gateway for most users to interact with Ethereum-based decentralized applications. By signing up through its browser extension, a user can access any dApp simply by using Metamask credentials. As simple as this may have seemed, it introduced a myriad of challenges chief among them security and privacy concerns. Version 8 has now been launched to address some of these challenges including introducing a new user interface.
The new privacy features work to limit the amount of information different websites have about your activity and wallet balances. Previously, a single account could be used to log into multiple websites at the same time and this provided a convenient way to interact with these websites.
However, with time this feature became a privacy and security concern as websites were able to access account activity of any connected account. To address this issue, Metamask now allows users to create as many accounts as possible for different websites. If the website requires you to log in, Metamask will prompt you to choose the account to use for the particular website. If it’s a new website, you can opt to create a new account to be assigned to login specifically to this website.
“These site permissions reflect our EIP-2255 permissions system, which will become more rich over time,” Finlay noted in the announcement. “These new and enhanced permissions will enable powerful features like decryption, access to wallet information (like your favorite tokens or contacts), and paves the way for MetaMask Snaps extensibility.”
The new features have long been requested by both developers and users alike and this latest upgrade is a step in the right direction. The newly introduced UI is a bonus that makes everything clean and easy to use. The browser extension is still accessible through Brave, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers.
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