Lightning on the rise: New Web standard WebLN facilitates payments in the browser
Lightning payments should be made easier by adapting the WebLN standard. Developer O’Beirne was inspired to program Ethereum technology applications. With Lightning Joule and Bluewallet first wallets use the web standard to enable micropayments via the browser.
The transfer of small amounts on the Lightning Node becomes easier: The Web standard WebLN enables fast and uncomplicated micropayments in Bitcoin via the Web browser.
WebNL inspired by Ethereum
Developed the WebLN standard William O’Beirne. He has already contributed to MyCrypto and MyEtherWallet. Both are ethereum services and serve as ether storages. Despite the seeming rivalry between the two cryptocurrencies, O’Beirne gained important insights into WebEr’s Web standard Web3, making it easy to use and compact.
“The Web is the most obvious place for micropayments,” O’Beirne argued when presenting the Chrome add-on Lightning Joule.
Lightning Joule and Bluewallet use WebLN
In addition to the two popular Lightning Wallets Lightning Joule and Bluewallet apps like Lightning Spin use the payment service. The goal is to make payments with Lightning faster and easier.
The ultimate goal of the service is to minimize the number of steps a user needs to make a payment. Instead of manually copying and pasting transaction data into the Lightning Wallet, WebLN inserts the information directly into the page. This standardization improves, according to O’Beirne, the user experience.
Lightning payments continue to pose security risks
Last year, the use of Lightning Nodes has increased noticeably. The average number of channels per node increased to nearly eight channels per node.
Nonetheless, Lightning continues to be an experimental format in which users take risks when sending real money. Many users still believe in Lightning as a future medium for bitcoin payments.
WebLN has big plans
In addition to simplified payment systems that can integrate Lightning apps into their system through the open source standard, O’Beirne plans to develop experimental technologies that allow users to send remittances directly to the node.
In addition, the Lightning Node may replace the passwords as a proof of identity in the future as a public key – a sequence of random characters.
Despite the big plans, the application is still at an early stage. Next, developers would have to be inspired by demo videos to implement WebLN.