MetaMask Rolls Out Upgrade With Enhanced Privacy Control Features

Popular Ether (ETH) wallet and browser extension, MetaMask has just released a new major application upgrade, offering a number of new features like enhanced privacy control and a new account-login system.

On July 2 MetaMask announced the new update, MetaMask Version 8. Its “Unparalleled Privacy Control” feature is focused on protecting private user information while connecting the app to a certain website.


Today we are beginning to roll out a big update: MetaMask Version 8!https://t.co/N5ztv2pZGd — MetaMask (@metamask_io) July 2, 2020

MetaMask V8 therefore, offers users to select one or more accounts for a certain website or even create a new account specifically for that website.

“You decide what each site has access to,” MetaMask said, opposing the technology to other wallet apps.

MetasMask believes that the majority of online crypto wallets in the market are vulnerable to disclosing private data by providing a single account while adding:

“Most wallets today either manage a single account, or expose the currently selected user current account to all connected sites — broadly revealing users’ private information.”

The new account-login update is based on MetaMask’s proprietary permissions system, known as the EIP 2255, first described in August 2019.


The new account-login system is built on our EIP-2255 permissions system, which enables you to always easily revoke and disconnect accounts, and is an important foundation for our coming #MetaMaskSnaps extensibility system.https://t.co/CUAlCw5uNj pic.twitter.com/fElYGXDbPz — MetaMask (@metamask_io) July 2, 2020

The EIP 2255 enables users to easily revoke and disconnect accounts when signing into a website, keeping that account signed in, and allowing the user to stay logged in on different websites with different accounts simultaneously.

The new and enhanced permissions will enable more features like decryption, access to wallet information like tokens or contacts, as well as lays out the foundation for the so-called MetaMask Snaps.

Meanwhile, MetaMask Snaps represent Metamask’s own plugin system allowing users to request a variety of powerful wallet APIs from MetaMask, it was first introduced in October 2019.

Alongside the new account-login update, MetaMask has also introduced some encryption features for developers and boosted the app’s security with its new LavaMoat tool.

LavaMoat is a new set of tools for securing JavaScript projects against attacks seeking to steal users’ private keys, revealed initially in late 2019.

The first LavaMoat protected process is now live and in production as MetaMask now has its ropsten test-network faucet secured with this system.

Source: Cointelegraph | Image: Unsplash

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