Polygon, the Ethereum layer-2 chain, has partnered with De.Fi to integrate the latter’s antivirus into its ecosystem. It is critical to understand how a Web3 antivirus functions and what it can and cannot do.
Polygon (MATIC), the Ethereum layer-2 chain, hopes its collaboration with De.Fi will result in a smooth incorporation of the De.Fi Antivirus into its ecosystem. Now, Polygon offers its users a DeFi suite of security tools that, in theory, protect against common crypto exploits. These tools address issues like phishing, smart contract vulnerabilities, blind signing, and more, enhancing the safety and security of transactions on the Polygon network.
The year 2023 is not half over and is already a record year for scams and hacks. Few people question the need for better protection. How effective is the Web3 antivirus?
The antivirus makes use of two separate tools. De.Fi Shield operates like a traditional antivirus, scanning downloaded files on users’ PCs.
It also scans smart contract approvals in their wallets. And it alerts them if they have come in contact with risky contracts. This tool enables users to revoke access to potentially malicious dApps, either proactively or reactively. Thus countering security breaches or hacking incidents.
The De.Fi Scanner serves as a due diligence tool, enabling users to assess the security level of NFTs, tokens, or staking vaults before engaging with them. Users can instantly analyze the security of assets, make informed decisions, and steer clear of high-risk behavior.
According to data from Crystal, nearly $17 billion has been stolen in crypto and DeFi scams since 2011. And 2023 is already a record year for exploits, with $4.17 billion stolen.
Web3 Antivirus Is Still Relatively New
Customers want proven anti-hacking and anti-exploit tools and applications. Artem Bondarenko, a software architect at De.Fi, says that the concept of a Web3 antivirus is still relatively new.
“There is ongoing research and development in this area,” he told BeInCrypto. “Users are becoming aware of the unique security challenges that come with interacting with decentralized applications (dApps), blockchain networks, and specific token smart contracts across DeFi, NFTs, gaming, and more.”
“Web2 has had a longer development and deployment history, allowing for the establishment of mature security practices and standards,” continued Bondarenko.
The unique structures of Web2 and Web3 require different security solutions, he said.
“Security measures in Web2 typically involve firewalls, intrusion detection systems, encryption protocols, and traditional antivirus solutions. On the other hand, Web3’s security model focuses on decentralized consensus mechanisms, cryptographic primitives, and secure smart contract development,” Bondarenko added.