Just about a week ago, IOTA released the beta version of their Trinity app meant for desktop use. This came in as a development of the previous Trinity mobile app.
IOTA is a startup, dedicated to make possible the micro transactions between machines on its self made blockchain-alike network, Tangle. Earlier, IOTA introduced a wallet called Trinity. This could only be used on mobile phones.
Unfortunately, the feedback of the app revealed that the users found Trinity difficult to use. After months of tinkering, feedback and relentless hard work, IOTA has now released a version of their wallet Trinity that can not only be used on cellphones, but also, desktops. This however, is still a beta version.
Developers at IOTA have introduced a few updates including new themes and some securities measures which are meant to make the app more user friendly and more secure. On their blog-post, their team claims:
“The mobile UX has been optimised for desktop with some neat additions, while maintaining a familiar flow. The app has again been audited to assure its security. And following user feedback, we have developed a new default theme for desktop and mobile, adding to our range of themes.”
Trinity offers its users a wide range of new features. It allows users to carry out transactions in different languages while the desktop app can also be managed through widgets. Among various other features, Trinity provides detailed information of transactions through the Tangle explorer; transactions can also be carried out backhand with the Trinity app minimized (in cell phones). The road-map for trinity is given here.
Trinity Focuses on Security
By using the the new Trinity, one can create new wallets and nodes while also accessing the pre-existing wallets and nodes, which can then be used to send and receive the IOTA tokens in any of the six categories the IOTA token exists in. The app also shows the amount of money you would be transacting in USD dollars.
Transactions in IOTA requires one to have an IOTA seed. This seed is the master key to one’s funds. The website explains it in these words: “Think about your seed as the combined username and password that grants access to your bank account. If anyone obtains your seed, they can login and access your funds.”
One can have multiple wallets on IOTA, but only one seed. All the wallets are connected to this one master key. Therefore, this key must be kept securely. The IOTA seed is an 81 character long key, which includes letters from A-Z along with the number 9.
The Trinity app allows one to start from scratch. If a user is new to IOTA, they can use the app to make their IOTA seed first, before creating a wallet to carry out transactions. This step, of course can be skipped if one already owns an IOTA seed.
When making an IOTA seed in Trinity, the 81 characters of the seed are randomly generated as random generation is far more secure than manual generation of such a long key. To ensure further security, the Trinity app asks the user to randomly change any 9 of the characters of the seed.
The IOTA seed is crucial in making dealings in IOTA, but there can be a real problem in saving this key. The Trinity app also takes care of this issue. Users can use the Seed Vault to save and store their key in a device. The Vault is accessed through a personally chosen password.
Another of the Trinity’s clever strategy is that, when making a wallet, a user cannot copy paste the seed, when it is asked for. The key can only be dragged to its required location or inserted.
The Security Analysis
IOTA seems to take security of their user’s transaction very seriously, so much so that an audit was carried out on its security.
This security check was done by accessec GmbH, between July 2nd and July 14th 2018. The target of this assessment was to review the security posture of the Trinity wallet app on desktop platform. The audit was done before Trinity was made available to the public. The summary of the audit were later released in a report.
Where can one get Trinity from?
Trinity is available at its website which contains download links for desktop and mobile, documents and audit reports.