The central theses
- Brave has announced plans to expand support for crypto domain names and add TLDs from new providers.
- The browser currently supports ENS and unstoppable domains.
- Brave has not disclosed what specific crypto-DNS providers it is partnering with, but says that the discussions are active.
Share this article
Brave, the popular cryptocurrency reward browser, has announced that it is expanding its support for DNS providers.
Brave will go beyond ENS
Brave currently supports top-level domains provided by the Ethereum Name Service and Unstoppable Domains. These projects provide .eth and .crypto domain names.
In today’s announcement, Brave noted that “multiple blockchain-based DNS providers will be built into the browser.” Added that these are “active conversations” with DNS providers and that it would rather actively look for integration than wait for DNS providers to enable support over DNS over HTTPS.
The project also announced its domain name resolution policy. The crypto-DNS resolution is disabled by default. If there is a conflict between crypto DNS and standard ICANN domain names, Brave will default to using the standard domain name.
Brave didn’t specify what projects it is working on. Possible candidates are Zilliqa Name Service, Tezos Domains, NEO Name Service, Namecoin, Blockstack and other similar projects.
What are crypto domains?
Blockchain-based DNS platforms offer users an alternative way to access websites and crypto wallet addresses. Domain name owners buy their domain with cryptocurrency, and ownership records are stored as data on the blockchain or as NFT tokens.
When Brave integrates a domain name service, users can visit those domains as soon as they have given the browser permission to do so.
Brave isn’t the only web browser that supports crypto domain names. Opera previously added support for Ethereum name service and unstoppable domain names. Users of other browsers can also access these domain names through extensions.
Disclaimer: At the time of writing, this author held less than $ 75 in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Altcoins.