Binance's New Web3 Wallet: Key Details

posted  8 Nov 2023
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Binance has introduced its new Web3 wallet, offering compatibility with thirty different blockchains and a range of standard features (trading, staking, and NFTs). The company's objective is to compete with well-established applications like MetaMask and Trust Wallet, although the latter is already part of the exchange’s portfolio.

Despite its potential, the wallet comes with a set of limitations. As per the licensing agreement, a user's crypto wallet address is directly tied to their verified Binance account and uses multi-party computation (MPC) technology: the private key is divided into three parts, with two segments allocated to the user and one held by the exchange. Consequently, users do not have complete control over their private key. This structure allows Binance to halt transactions in specific circumstances, as clearly outlined:

“In exceptional circumstances and where there’s legitimate reason (determined by Binance acting reasonably) Binance may refuse to co-sign the transaction or activity you initiated.”

In essence, this positions the wallet as another regulated custodial storage solution, despite its apparent decentralization facade.