Wasabi Wallet has introduced its privacy-focused wallet’s version 1.1.4, and the new upgrade includes improved performance, security-bolstering features, and a “Lurking Wife Mode.”
Touted as a wallet that enables users to “reclaim [their] privacy,” the Wasabi desktop wallet is loved by Bitcoiners who want to make their coins more fungible and obscure their transactions.
Wasabi’s utilization of CoinJoin has enabled anonymity. The feature lets users bundle their wallet balances together, shuffling the coins to hide the receiver, sender, and its point of origin information. After CoinJoin has been enabled last August, the wallet claims that more than 28,000 BTC became fungible via the process.
With its new release, the wallet strengthens its privacy features. Alongside enhancements in user experience—including increasing loading speed by 12 times and lowering bandwidth requirements 20-fold—it now has a “Lurking Wife Mode” feature. The mode censors sensitive information to protect it from anyone loitering behind the user’s screen.
Just a small (and surprisingly useful) UI feature: pic.twitter.com/AzPnCAxWyl
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Before the update, Wasabi only utilized Tor when members will communicate with a CoinJoin coordinator. The upgrade’s patch notes indicate that “everything goes through Tor,” achieving “the theoretical limit of network level privacy that is possible in cryptocurrencies today.”
In this version, when a user let a typo slip into the password they input while creating the wallet, they can brute-force the error and regain control of their wallet using a new password finder.
The detail and scope of the new wallet features are among the most noteworthy and comprehensive in modern desktop wallets and is surely the most feature-laden and expansive of Wasabi’s upgrades.
Another great addition is the hardware wallet integration. The wallet now interoperates with the Trezor Model T, Ledger Nano S, and Coldcard Mark1.
“Other hardware wallets are likely to also work,” the GitHub notes state. “Unfortunately coinjoins are not possible with hardware wallets, so that feature had to be turned off for these kind of wallets. We will work on smoother intra-wallet workflows, like send-to-wallet functionality and multiwallet monitoring.”
That feature definitely improves security. Hardware wallets provide probably the most secure way to store digital currencies since the wallet’s private key is stored offline in the device itself. With that addition, Wasabi provides its users with an enhanced security option that will complement the already stellar privacy features the wallet is presently known for.