Blockchain Wallets — The User Interface to Interact with Web3, NFTs, Metaverse, and Future Blockchain Innovations
Blockchain technology is a revolutionary innovation that has affected whole industries, and its influence does not seem to be waning any time soon. It is also the basis for further innovations that have caused stirs in global traditional and decentralized finance industries. More recently, the attention has shifted to Web3, Metaverse, and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) technologies.
As usual, investors, venture capitals, blockchain innovators, and enthusiasts are eager to get a piece of the pie, and why not? Blockchain innovations have rarely failed not to live up to expectations in its relatively recent history. However, one understated part of this technology is the blockchain wallet.
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether have grown in popularity over the years, and for many apparent reasons. They offer many advantages compared to traditional fiat currencies, and they are the most apparent use cases for blockchain wallets.
According to Investopedia, “A blockchain wallet is a digital wallet that allows users to store and manage their Bitcoin, Ether, and other cryptocurrencies.” They also allow users to transfer crypto, manage digital assets, access transaction records, and exchange cryptos into local currencies.
Blockchain wallets typically have two keys — private and public. They assign unique public keys to users, which act as their bank accounts or IDs as well as to send and receive cryptocurrencies. They also assign private keys that are securely stored to protect their blockchain wallets. Ideally, the blockchain wallet software does not save a copy of the user’s private key, and no one has unauthorized access to the wallet.
Advantages of blockchain wallets
- They are easy to use. The best ones are no different from using regular banking applications.
- They are highly secure. You just have to secure your private key.
- They facilitate global transfers without traditional barriers.
- They offer cost-effective solutions compared to traditional options.
- Flexible transfers across multiple cryptocurrencies and straightforward conversions.
Types of blockchain wallets
Blockchain wallets are classified according to different criteria, but a standard means of classification is the means of private key storage.
Hot wallets are online wallets where the private keys are stored in the cloud or in the computer memory. They are available online and allow you to transfer cryptocurrencies quickly and easily. An example of a hot wallet is Coinbase and MetaMask. Hot wallets are easy to access online 24/7 and are accessible via a desktop or mobile device. However, they are also susceptible to unrecoverable thefts if they get compromised.
Cold wallets are digital offline wallets where private keys are stored in separate hardware or paper documents that are not connected to the internet or cloud. Every transaction is signed and maintained offline and then publicized online to maintain security standards. Examples of cold wallets are Ledger and Trezor.
An alternate means to classify wallets are -
- Software wallets (hot wallets)
- Hardware wallets that you plug into your USB drive (cold wallets)
- Typical paper-based wallets, where you print your public and private key on a piece of paper and keep it somewhere safe.
The evolution of blockchain wallets
Blockchain wallets have advanced with blockchain innovations and have evolved from simple cryptocurrency management applications. A user’s public key is also the ID and interface through which they interact with blockchain technology innovations and other users in the DeFi space.
This evolution of blockchain wallets allows users to fully control their data in Web3, NFTs, Metaverses, and future blockchain innovations.
What does Forward Protocol do?
Forward Protocol makes blockchain technology easy to use and understand through a suite of smart contracts, products, and services in Forward Factory. Forward Pay is the digital wallet application from Forward Factory that connects users using their traditional public keys. It also assigns Forward IDs to users.
Forward ID gives users complete control over their data and the ability to share their personal information according to their discretion. Furthermore, users can also use their Forward ID to automatically log in to any website that integrates Forward Protocol. The Forward ID is similar to Facebook and Google’s IDs that enable automatic connection to websites and services.
Forward Pay uses Forward ID to send/receive payments and improve usability and adoption rather than complex wallet addresses. It reduces the risk of losing funds to wrong wallet transfers, allows users to request/send payments, and aids accountability and financial transactions audit.
Forward Pay also includes a fiat ramp so that users can complete crypto transactions using their credit cards and bank accounts. A user can log in to any platform integrated with Forward Protocol using Forward ID and pay for services using Forward Pay.
Forward Protocol doesn’t compete with anyone. We collaborate with everyone. We make things simple, connect the traditional business world with blockchain using no-code toolkits, and make the dream of blockchain adoption practical.
If it’s easy for you to use, you’ll use it. Come and join us. Let’s move forward!
About Forward Protocol — Forward Protocol uses an easy-to-use WordPress-like model to facilitate a no-code environment that users can use to deploy their blockchain applications without technical knowledge. Forward Protocol has elements of NFT, DeFi, Gamification, AI, ML and Social Tokens inbuilt that connect the value-driven economy. Applications and smart contracts from Forward Protocol can be deployed on any EVM compatible chains in one click. Forward Protocol is cross-chain compatible, industry-agnostic, and adoption-focused, with an ultimate goal to fast-track mass adoption of Blockchain Technology.