Wasabi, a privacy-focused Bitcoin wallet, has announced the release of Wasabi Wallet 1.0, which will now be compatible with all operating systems, including Windows, Linux, OSX and MacOS. Speaking with Bitcoin Magazine, Adam Ficsor, the creator of Wasabi said that:
“The 1.0 release is a download and run that works properly on all platforms (Windows, Linux, OSX.) We made the wallet load time faster, caught some memory leaks, [and] rewrote the OSX backend of the UI library we used.”
Wasabi Wallet 1.0 Anonymity
The Wasabi Wallet 1.0 is all about providing users with utmost anonymity. It utilizes a protocol known as ZeroLink, which is a privacy framework that’s strengthened with more users using the wallet. Transactions use CoinJoin, clocking method, whereby data is bundled together to mystify the people sending and receiving bitcoin.
In order for this system to work, however, each user has to send same amount so that it gets difficult to identify the party sending or receiving bitcoins.
Speaking about CoinJoin system, Ficsor told Bitcoin Magazine that they have witnessed more than 150 transactions of BTC with equal amounts, which gave them confidence that the wallet is good to go. Adding more about the new update, Ficsor stated that:
“I designed ZeroLink in mind so that many wallets would be able to conform to ‘wallet fungibility requirements,’ however this wasn’t feasible in practice … The idea was to not let people ever join two coins together if they were already mixed … To mitigate the risks, we had to come up with a clever labeling system that led us down a road to build a coin control feature with an intra-wallet blockchain analysis tool into Wasabi. This allows the user to make educated decisions on which coins they can join together if they need to.”
He further noted that:
“Later, when we saw how people use the wallet, it even got better. When designing ZeroLink I did not anticipate users to keep remixing their coins, but they do and to such an extent that it leads to an exponential anonymity increase because the re-mixes are perfect mixes, and today, 40-60 percent of all mixes are remixes. So that was quite a surprising turn of events,”
Wasabi Team to Fix Technical Links for a more Friendly Experience
Ficsor acknowledged that technical issues are bound to come up as users continue to test out their new wallet, stating that Wasabi team will be on the lookout for such problems and fix them to guarantee a more user friendly experience. In his own words, he said that:
“We are currently occupied by working on stability, performance, UX and code quality. This is our highest priority. New issues will constantly come up as new users try to use the software. At this point, it is unclear if Wasabi will ever have the resources to tackle such things.”
Wasabi in a Nutshell
Offering a privacy-focused bitcoin wallet, Wasabi deploys light wallet to protect users from information leak. It comprises of a wide range of advanced features, including an intra-wallet blockchain analysis tool designed to help users make wise decision when spending their bitcoin.