- The NEAR Blockchain Operating System (BOS) introduces FastAuth, a feature that offers users an easy and seamless onboarding experience for web applications on the BOS.
- FastAuth allows users to create a single account for any BOS-integrated app without the need for a new password or purchasing cryptocurrency, making it more accessible for mainstream adoption.
The NEAR Blockchain Operating System (BOS) has made a significant stride towards mainstream adoption with the introduction of FastAuth, a powerful feature that revolutionizes the onboarding process for web applications on the BOS. With FastAuth, users can effortlessly create a single account that can be used for any website or app integrated with the BOS, eliminating the need for new passwords or purchasing cryptocurrency. This groundbreaking feature opens the door to widespread adoption of Web3 technology by lowering the barrier to entry for both developers and users.
Ready to take your #Web3 experience to the next level? Dive into our latest blog post about FastAuth, a game-changing feature of the NEAR Blockchain Operating System (BOS).
Say goodbye to the hurdles of onboarding and account recovery.
— NEAR Protocol (@NEARProtocol) May 30, 2023
FastAuth provides users with an onboarding experience reminiscent of Web2 applications, prioritizing user experience and convenience. Through the use of biometrics, phone prompts, and email addresses, users can create a free account with ease. This seamless onboarding process empowers users to interact quickly with apps and offers effortless re-authentication across different devices.
This user-centric approach to onboarding addresses the previous barrier created by the reliance on seed phrases and wallets, which were unfamiliar to many users accustomed to centralized authentication methods like “Sign in with Google.” FastAuth, in combination with decentralized email recovery, enables users to recover their accounts through a secure “Single Sign-on” (SSO) process using their registered email address, eliminating the need to remember seed phrases or install third-party wallet applications. The decentralized nature of account recovery ensures enhanced security and trust without giving custodial access to any single entity.
FastAuth not only simplifies the onboarding experience but also eliminates the need for users to download any third-party applications. This seamless integration directly within the browser, whether on desktop or mobile, ensures a hassle-free experience for users. By providing an accessible and user-friendly onboarding process, FastAuth enables the open web to reach a broader audience, paving the way for mainstream adoption of Web3 technology.
Developers can leverage this streamlined onboarding process to effortlessly introduce their BOS components, apps, and experiences to users, expanding the reach and impact of their projects.
One of the remarkable advantages of BOS FastAuth is the ability for new users to create an account without the need to purchase or acquire cryptocurrency. Traditionally, entering the Web3 space and interacting with apps required obtaining cryptocurrency first. However, FastAuth eliminates this prerequisite by leveraging NEAR’s Meta Transactions and Zero Balance Accounts.
Users can register an account free of charge, while developers can sponsor initial interactions for new users through Meta Transactions and relayers, further incentivizing user adoption without the need for users to purchase the native cryptocurrency, $NEAR.
FastAuth not only simplifies onboarding but also empowers enterprises to integrate Web3 and crypto technology into their business models. With just a few lines of code, enterprises can onboard existing users into new community and commerce experiences that are highly secure, decentralized, and accessible. Additionally, end-users can swiftly and securely set up fully user-owned accounts, enabling them to engage with Web3 apps and experiences seamlessly.
The introduction of FastAuth by the NEAR Blockchain Operating System (BOS) marks a significant milestone in the journey towards mainstream adoption of Web3 technology. By streamlining the onboarding process and removing barriers to entry, FastAuth paves the way for a more inclusive and accessible future for Web3 applications and experiences.