Osiris Browser: True Web 3.0 experience or another surveillance trap?

 

Osiris Browser: True Web 3.0 experience or another surveillance trap?

What is Osiris Browser?


Here at Decenter, we’ve been following the development of Osiris Browser for quite a bit now. After much anticipation, it was finally released to the public just a few days ago. It's been called the "true Web 3.0 experience," and many are excited about what it has to offer—but others are concerned that this new browser is just another surveillance trap.


The most important thing to realize when using Osiris is that it's not really an alternative browser in the same way that Firefox or Brave are—it's more like a plug-in for those browsers. Because Osiris is built on top of Chromium (the same engine that powers Google Chrome), anyone who uses Chrome can easily download and use Osiris as well. This will be important later on, so remember it!


When you first dive into Osiris, you'll notice that its interface looks strikingly similar to Chrome—this might be because of its Chromium foundation, or perhaps because the creators of these two browsers have similar design tastes...You can actually customize your experience by downloading and installing themes through third-party sources (we highly recommend checking out some of the ones available in our marketplace!).

Osiris Browser: True Web 3.0 experience or another surveillance trap?


How it works?


Osiris Browser is a browser that uses the W3C specification for Web Platform APIs. It also uses the EIP-1102 proposal, which allows applications to access Ethereum from web browsers. The browser is based on Chromium and can be used with most of the tools already available for Chrome. Osiris also introduces their own wallet and decentralized application dapp store that allow users to easily send and receive funds through the platform.


When you first open Osiris, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's just another internet browser like Chrome or Firefox—and in many ways it is. You can use it to navigate websites, create tabs, download files, etc., but there's one key difference: Osiris has an integrated Ethereum wallet and dApp store. The wallet allows users to send transactions without having to run an Ethereum client or install a plugin like Metamask. This makes sending funds much more convenient than using Metamask because it doesn't require any extra steps beyond what you're already doing with your browser (clicking links).


What are the benefits of using Osiris browser?


The benefits of using Osiris browser are numerous. With its in-built VPN, Osiris browser enables you to access the internet freely on a private network. The use of blockchain technology gives you the power to be anonymous and secure from prying eyes or phishing attacks. The decentralised web is the future with less censorship, more freedom, and self-governance.


Osiris wallet allows you to store your crypto assets securely while still being able to interact easily with dApps that are available on the decentralised web through Osiris browser. It also allows users to send/receive crypto payments without having to leave their current webpage because it is built into each website as a widget.


Osiris browser and dApps


You may be unfamiliar with the term dApps, but it’s important to know what they are and how they work. Osiris makes it easy for anyone to get involved in decentralized applications because it’s the first browser specifically designed for them. dApps have a lot of potential and can actually replace centralized services.


dApps are similar to websites, but are better because no one can shut them down; they have an open source code, so anyone who wants to help build them can do so; and users don’t have to trust their data with a third party. They run on a peer-to-peer network like BitTorrent, or as some call it: Web 3.0. You can use dApps for social media, games, email—the list goes on!


Osiris browser limitations and concerns


Fortunately, these aspects of Osiris are exactly what you'd expect from an application that's designed for a specific purpose. It is true that Osiris can be used to browse the legacy web, but it’s not quite as feature-complete as other browsers. Osiris doesn't support legacy web applications (web apps) at all. Many of the websites you visit likely run on some kind of centralized app framework like WordPress or Drupal. These sites won't work in Osiris because they're not available over IPFS. Also, keep in mind that many websites will require plugins and extensions to function properly, and these are also unavailable on the decentralized web.


That said, I'm sure you'll quickly get over this limitation when you realize how much fun it is to use your browser in a new way! With no fear of surveillance or bloated user interfaces, you'll feel free to explore all sorts of sites without having to worry about what information is being collected and who has access to it. Because so much tracking is done through centralized websites and apps, often simply by loading them into your browser, it's easy to see why using a decentralized browser would drastically decrease your exposure.


As a new way of offering user privacy and security on the web, Osiris has made strides in bringing web 3.0 closer to reality. But it still lacks in a number of areas and has some serious limitations that need to be addressed before it can become mainstream.


Osiris is a new browser that makes big promises. Rather than competing with Chrome and Firefox, Osiris aims to bring the decentralized World Wide Web closer to reality, offering a user privacy and security on the web while allowing users to run decentralized applications (dApps).


However, there are a number of areas in which Osiris falls short. The browser is still beta, so it has some serious limitations that need to be addressed before it can become mainstream. The fact that it’s based on Chromium won’t help its prospects among those looking for a secure alternative. That said, there are some worthy features worth mentioning:


It has an integrated Ethereum wallet (which is limited and doesn't allow for customisation)


It allows you to browse both the traditional and decentralized web


The team behind it is working hard on bringing this project from concept to reality

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