Spruce – an open-source digital decentralized identity solutions provider announced on Sept 13 that its proposal submitted to the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) for working on a standard “Sign In with Ethereum” has been accepted and the company will now proceed to work on this new login interface for Web3. The company announced that it has “already begun delivery on the best practices survey, user research, specification draft, and reference implementation”. But, what’s Sign In With Ethereum?
What happens when you try to access any service, application, or website on the cyber net today? It asks you to log in. Now, it’s certainly a hassle to create a separate account for everything you come across and want to access. You also have to keep track of them and store the login / pass safely. There’s a general solution. Currently, most would let you sign in with popular Web2 services providers such as Google or Facebook. But, these centralized services don’t suit Web3. Enter Sign In With Ethereum.
These centralized services are notorious for misusing personal data for various purposes and even for manipulation of profile/identity on the cyber net. Then, there are problems with restrictions and what’s being shared. Decentralized cryptography-based solutions can help and Sign In With Ethereum does just that. It attempts to provide a unified login interface for the Web3 services. Only this time, users have control over the details being shared and how it’s utilized, combined with secure authentication and a single login for multiple things.
How can this be applied in the Real World?
Users are already Signing In With Ethereum, though without a standard format and in a rudimentary manner. For instance, most users today swap assets on decentralized exchanges, access loans and provide liquidity for them on lending/borrowing service, vote on governance decisions, curate NFT collections on websites and even send simple messages for various purposes, using nothing but their Ethereum account.
Secured by the blockchain and empowered by human-readable address binding of the Ethereum Name Service (ENS), Sign In With Ethereum is likely going to be adopted by most Ethereum users – the smart contract blockchain with the most activity and notable records in all significant metrics. It would be neutral, and the “entity” in possession of the private keys of that Ethereum wallet would control it. However, the private key management by average users needs to improve and better methods need to be devised, in case they lose access. Argent can help.
(This article borrows from the Bankless article on the same topic. Credits to @BrantlyMillegan on Twitter)
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