A new patent application from IBM represents a blockchain-based web browser.
Registered on August 6 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, IBM’s patent is for a web browser backed by a peer-to-peer community.
The browser collects pre-specified data from web browsing classes, according to the patent. The knowledge is then transferred to a community of peer-to-peer nodes for assortment and storage. Information collection depends on the kind of browsing experience chosen. Browsing on a work computer versus a private browser would demand different settings, for example.
Sorts of potentially storable session info include what websites one visits, bookmarks, task performance, geolocation, plugin installation, and security patches.
As the company states, a blockchain-based browser “affords a system for storing looking information such that privateness is preserved and locations privacy in the ‘hands of a person’ relatively than a third party.”
One potential use-case the document contains, amongst others, is an attack on a computer’s browser. If secured by blockchain technology, a viable backup of all user information is available.
Interestingly, IBM included a token of their model. IBM says tokens will confirm a user’s browser session activities as they’re packaged into blocks for the peer-to-peer network.
IBM’s blockchain web browser concept shouldn’t be the only one within the subject, however.
Norwegian web browser Opera firm recently launched its iOS Opera Touch browser in June. Built for Web 3.0, Opera Touch has a built-in cryptocurrency wallet and connects seamlessly to Web 3.0 applications including ERC-20 tokens.