Decentralized App MetaMask that allows you to run Ethereum Dapps right in one’s browser without running a full Ethereum node has now crossed 1 million users on Google Chrome web store.
With the mission to “make Ethereum as easy to use for as many people as possible,” MetaMask can be installed as an add-on in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Brave browser. It also includes a security identity vault that provides “a user interface to manage your identities on different sites and sign blockchain transactions.”
The crypto community is elated the adoption it is experiencing as one enthusiast shared,
“Very fucking convenient as a hot wallet. well deserved.” While another one said, “As a huge Brave fan this is great for us too. The exposure each will get from the other will benefit the whole community.”
“One of the best dapps in crypto. They say the first million is the hardest to reach….,” stated another one and “Yeah, I just started using it, its super easy to use id recommend it to any newcomers.”
Working on Improvements
Back in November 2018, MetaMask revealed new privacy features when they introduced “Privacy Mode” as the user-facing piece of this new privacy layer.
At that time it has been stated that EIP 1102 is a crucial step towards a safe, user-friendly decentralized web hat started as an opt-in option. In this month itself, MetaMask removed the old UI,
“After a slow rollout spanning nearly twelve months, the MetaMask team is proud to announce the full launch of our re-designed UI in version 6.0 and the removal of our legacy UI.”
This new UI will provide a range of new functionality “from trading & managing ERC 20 tokens to hardware wallet support,” while allowing its development team to improve the test readability performance.
Malicious Schemes in Play
Just recently, MetaMask faced problems from cryptocurrency scammers as a malware impersonated the Decentralized app and appeared on Google Play. After a tip-off from the Eset researchers, Google removed the malware at the beginning of this month.
“A type of malware, known as a “clipper”, takes advantage of this. It intercepts the content of the clipboard and replaces it surreptitiously with what the attacker wants to subvert. In the case of a cryptocurrency transaction, the affected user might end up with the copied wallet address quietly switched to one belonging to the attacker.”
Here, the malware’s purpose was to steal the credentials of the victim and private keys to “gain control over the victim's Ethereum funds.”
This is not the first time that Metamast fell victim to malicious schemes as back in July, last year, the app was pulled from Google Play altogether and only left the fake impersonations that Metamask revealed has been occured by mistake.