IBM’s New Patent Application Is for a Blockchain-Based Web Browser

IBM has filed another patent—this time, for a blockchain-based web browser.

IBM’s patent for a web browser supported by a peer-to-peer network is filed on August 6 by the United States Obvious and Trademark Office.

The browser obtains pre-specified data from web browsing sessions, the patent indicates. The data is subsequently moved to a network of peer-to-peer nodes for collection and storage. Data collection depends on the kind of browsing experience selected. Browsing on a work computer as opposed to an individual browser would request diverse settings, for instance.

Types of possibly storable session data incorporate what websites one visits, bookmarks, geolocation, task execution, plugin installation, and security patches.

As the firm states, a blockchain-based browser “affords a system for storing browsing information such that privacy is preserved and places privacy in the ‘hands of a user’ rather than a third party.”

One potential use-case the report says, among others, is an attack on a computer’s browser. In case secured by blockchain technology, a solid backup of all client data is accessible.

Notably, IBM included a token in their model. IBM says tokens will confirm a clients browser session activities as they are bundled into blocks for the peer-to-peer network.

However, IBM’s blockchain web browser concept isn’t the only one within the field.

Opera, a web browser from Norway, recently introduced their iOS Opera Touch browser in June. Built for Web 3.0, Opera Touch includes a built-in cryptocurrency wallet and connects consistently to Web 3.0 applications including ERC-20 tokens.