The developers of the Ethereum wallet MetaMask announced the launch of the eighth version of the application, which updated the user interface of the wallet and improved its security.
The MetaMask wallet allows users to store ETH and ERC-20 tokens. This week, wallet developers announced new features added to the eighth version of the app. The changes include not only an updated user interface, but also “unprecedented privacy control” when a user connects to a website through a wallet extension in the browser.
To use MetaMask, users must install an extension for the Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Brave browser. After that, transactions can be made to any Ethereum address. As the developers write, when such wallets are used on sites, they open the user’s account data for all connected sites. The new version of the wallet allows you to restrict access to data for specific sites.
“This new feature makes it easy to switch between accounts, so you can control which accounts interact with different sites in a decentralized network,” the developers claim.
As part of the privacy update, a new encryption tool was added that allows websites to encrypt and decrypt messages intended for Web3 users. MetaMask users who want to send “infrequent, important messages”, such as emails, can encrypt them.
The most noticeable external change in the wallet for the user has affected the interface. The main screen, asset page, and transaction history have been redesigned, and the Assets tab is now available on the main screen.
MetaMask aims to attract more users to Web3. The team States that it has previously received feedback from app developers that connecting users via MetaMask accounts was problematic. Because of this, some developers have tried to access the app directly by creating new tools, such as Audius ‘ Hedgehog.
The updated MetaMask wallet, which is a kind of gateway for the Ethereum ecosystem of decentralized applications, should help solve this problem. The wallet now contains a built-in library that “allows applications to implement their own connect button”, which makes it easier to work with Web3.
Fraudulent browser extensions are often disguised as the MetaMask cryptocurrency wallet. In may, Google removed 22 Chrome browser extensions for stealing cryptocurrencies, among which were utilities distributed under the guise of extensions of popular cryptocurrency wallets MyEtherWallet, Trezor, Electrum, Ledger and MetaMask.