Phantom Introduces ‘Sign In With Solana’ Feature
Phantom, the popular crypto and NFT wallet app, has launched a new feature called “Sign In With Solana” (SIWS), which allows apps to authenticate users securely using their Solana address.
Phantom is a widely used wallet within the Solana ecosystem. This new SIWS feature aims to enhance the user experience and security during the authentication process when connecting to various apps. It eliminates the need for complex multi-step procedures, making user interactions smoother. The announcement was made on Monday.
Challenges with Current Authentication Process
Currently, when users link their wallets to major applications, they often encounter confusing signature requests. These pop-ups can be overwhelming for newcomers and tedious for returning users. However, these requests are necessary to authenticate and prove control over the private key associated with the connecting address. Unfortunately, the lack of standardization in the authentication process across different apps has resulted in fragmented and suboptimal user experiences.
The One-Click Sign-In Solution
Phantom’s SIWS feature introduces an innovative solution to address these challenges. It introduces a brand-new one-click “signIn” method, accompanied by support for the “Solana Wallet Standard.” With this new method, users can connect to apps and complete the authentication process with a single click. Solana developers can easily integrate this sign-in method across all extension platforms, and mobile support for this feature is set to be rolled out soon, as mentioned in a Phantom blog post. Additionally, the platform can carefully examine message data, including domain details and timestamps, to ensure authenticity and detect any suspicious activity.
Phantom collaborated closely with Solana Labs to ensure a successful launch of this feature. The sign-in method aligns seamlessly with the Solana Wallet Standard’s SIWS feature, which can also be adopted by other wallets within the Solana ecosystem.
Enhancing User Security and Expansion to Other Blockchains
Phantom’s dedication to improving user security is evident in its decision to adopt “Sign In With” standards. This move was initially announced in February to safeguard users against phishing attacks and enhance their overall security.
Moreover, Phantom has extended its services beyond the Solana network. In November, the platform expanded to include support for the Ethereum and Polygon blockchain networks, further broadening its reach and utility.