Written by Marlon

On August 19, 2022

WebAuth Web is now live!

We’re excited to announce that the WebAuth Wallet is now available as a web application in your browser, expanding WebAuth’s capability to Windows, macOS, and Linux users!

 

What is WebAuth?

WebAuth is the new industry standard for device authentication, identity management, payment processing, and cryptocurrency transactions for Web 3.0, built on the Proton blockchain. With WebAuth.com, you can approve transactions, make crypto payments, link your decentralized identity, verify/add/remove access for all logins, and reject impersonation attempts through the use of your smartphone – similar to how Google Authenticator and other popular 2FA platforms work, except with a higher bar for security utilizing PSR (Proton Signing Request) over OTP (one-time passwords) that can easily be phished.

 

The big difference, however, is because WebAuth.com is built on the Proton blockchain, it uses our powerful decentralized identity (DeID) framework to verify and attest to identities. This means that not only is your identity biometrically verified, but your identity can be backed up to a new device seamlessly if you lose access to the primary device.

 

What can you do with WebAuth for Web?

With WebAuth for Web, you can enjoy all of the same great features that the mobile wallet provides, but now with the added ability to switch seamlessly between Proton Blockchain dApps on web browsers, and full-sized desktop screens.

 

  • Access all Proton Blockchain dApps. WebAuth lets you connect to all decentralized applications in the ecosystem, like Proton Loan, Proton Swap, Proton Market, and more. Discover more Proton Dapps here.
  • View, Send, and Receive NFTs in the app. View all NFT activities, including sales, history, attributes, changes in value, and more. Plus connect to all Proton NFT marketplaces to mint, buy and sell NFTs.
  • Multi-Account Support. Simply log in with your key or seed phrase, no email or password is required.
  • Buy, Sell, Swap, Send, and Receive Cryptocurrency. With a built-in exchanges tab, it’s also easier than ever to send crypto to exchanges that support the available mainnet cryptocurrencies.
  • Stake XPR. Staking Proton (XPR) takes just a few clicks, with the APR shown clearly.
  • Multi-network support. Some of the most popular blockchains in existence are supported on the WebAuth app, including Proton, ERC20, BEP20, and Stellar.

 

The core differences between the mobile and web version of WebAuth are;

  • The web version has no QR scanner but instead has a device key tab, allowing you to add additional transaction signing keys.
  • The web version has no option to export your private key. Be sure to back up your private key via WebAuth Wallet mobile, and store it in a secure place.
  • New accounts created on the web version of WebAuth are required to store seed phrase. 

 

Your private key is not stored on the WebAuth web version for security reasons. Your private key is only stored on your device. 

 

It’s important to note that with FaceID & TouchID, if you delete your browsing history, that your WebAuth for Web keys will also stop working. 

 

How to get started with WebAuth for Web

 

New Accounts: Visit Webauth.com to create a new account and ensure you backup your seed phrase and private key in a safe and secure location, as this is the only way to recover your account/funds if you were to lose access to a device. Losing a seed phrase or private key may result in the loss of funds. 

 

Existing accounts:  Log into an existing account by logging in with your mobile device or desktop wallet (Anchor).

 

Once you have created your account or logged into an existing account, you will need to set up a device key to authenticate transactions and actions. Simply click on the key icon to go to the device page or use this link to set up a device key.

Native Platform Authenticator: Touch ID for Mac or Windows Hello for Windows. No Linux-based option. 

 

Important: Deleting browser data, will delete your Touch ID key, so it is critical to back up your seed phrase and/or private key.

 

USB Authenticator: Yubikey or Google Titan that works with all operating systems.

 

Ethereum Wallet: You can link any Ethereum wallet to be the authenticator on all operating systems

 

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Ready to get started? Get WebAuth on Web, Android, and iOS for free with just a few clicks.

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