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SOL names and Solana email

Connect your wallet and Solana Naming Service domains to send and receive at your Solana email - all completely privately. address with connect Solana wallet button.
Skiff has now launched an integration to use Solana wallets (currently Phantom) and the Solana naming service (Bonfida) with the email domain, which can only be used by verified wallets that have signed attestations and registered a contact email address.After launching an integration with the Ethereum Naming Service, ETH wallets (MetaMask, Coinbase Wallet, Brave Wallet, and more), and the domain, we saw unprecedented demand for users to link their ETH addresses and ENS names directly to a verified address and domain to yield more trustworthy, safe communications.

What is Solana?

Solana is a new cryptocurrency founded by Anatoly Yakovenko, Greg Fitzgerald, Stephen Akridge, and Raj Gokal that is designed to be scalable and fast. It uses a new consensus algorithm called Proof of History, which allows it to process transactions quickly and scale to millions of transactions per second. Solana is also designed to be energy-efficient, using a fraction of the energy of traditional cryptocurrencies.Solana is a high-performance blockchain that is scalable, secure, and energy-efficient. The team behind Solana includes veterans from Qualcomm, Dropbox, and Google. The project is backed by some of the most well-known investors in the crypto space, including Polychain Capital, Multicoin Capital, and FTX.Solana’s unique architecture enables it to process thousands of transactions per second, generally with the critique that it involves a higher level of centralization than other cryptocurrencies (notably Ethereum and Bitcoin). The team is also working on layer-2 solutions that will enable Solana to scale even further. Solana is one of the most promising projects in the crypto space, particularly given significantly increased developer activity in the last year. The project has the potential to become the go-to platform for high-performance dapps.

What is Bonfida?

Bonfida’s Solana Naming Service (Bonfida) is a decentralized naming service that allows users to securely and conveniently access decentralized applications (dApps) and services. Bonfida is powered by the Solana blockchain and provides a decentralized alternative to traditional DNS systems.Bonfida is designed to be highly resilient and scalable, able to handle millions of queries per second. Bonfida is also designed to be user-friendly, allowing users to easily find and use the dApps and services they need. Bonfida is an important part of the Solana ecosystem, providing a critical foundation for the growth of the Solana ecosystem. Bonfida will help to drive adoption of Solana and enable the ecosystem to reach its full potential through better, more user friendly communication and collaboration.

Comparing Solana and Ethereum

Solana is a blockchain platform that is designed to be fast, scalable, and secure. The platform uses a unique Proof of History consensus algorithm that allows it to process transactions quickly and securely. The platform is also designed to be highly scalable, with the ability to process tens of thousands of transactions per second.Ethereum is a blockchain platform that is designed to be flexible and programmable. The platform allows developers to build decentralized applications (dApps) on top of it. Ethereum also has its own native cryptocurrency, Ether, which is used to power the platform. Recently, Skiff rolled out a collaboration with the Ethereum Naming Service to enable sending and receiving mail at the domain using ENS domains held by Ethereum wallets. This allows users to send and receive mail private, end-to-end encrypted using their ENS name, thereby giving users control over their identity and communication methods on the web.Both Solana and Ethereum are popular, flexibble, and well-adopted blockchains with their own unique features and strengths. Solana is faster and more scalable than Ethereum, while Ethereum is more flexible and programmable.

How can you set up a Bonfida name for your wallet?

To set up a Bonfida name for your Solana wallet, you’ll need to start by creating a SOL wallet, either in a mobile app, or using a web browser extension wallet. The most popular Solana wallets include Phantom, Solflare, and Glow - although note that the popular wallet Slope suffered a catastrophic private key breach in mid 2022 due to poor private key management.Next, check the price of the domain you want. Start by visiting the naming service app and entering the name you want to purchase. You’ll see an amount in the token FIDA, an SPL compatible token with Solana. Remember the amount of FIDA needed, as well as the amount of Solana you need to spend. Using a rough exchange rate to calculate the total amount of SOL you need your wallet to contain.Head over to an exchange to buy some SOL tokens for your new wallet. Most large exchanges let you purchase and transfer SOL, including Coinbase and Gemini. From there, you’ll need to convert some of that SOL into the amount of FIDA token you need to purchase your name. Depending on your location, the Bonfida app may do this (outside the US), or you can use a DEX (decentralized exchange) such as Raydium, which will enable swapping from SOL to FIDA.As a final step, launch the Bonfida app and connect your Solana wallet to purchase the name that you want. Once purchased, you’ll be able to configure all sorts of additional properties, such as setting a favorite domain, adding a Twitter handle, or adding other socials and identity info to your on-chain data.

Connecting your .SOL on Skiff

Connecting your .SOL domain to a address is quite simple. To start, head over to the Skiff sign up page, or sign in with your existing Skiff account.If signing up with a new account, choose your Solana wallet (Phantom) and proceed through the sign up steps.If using an existing account, visit the alias settings page and connect your Solana wallet.From there, your domain will automatically be configured for sending and receiving from your inbox, and your Bonfida .SOL name will also be usable for sending and receiving as well. That’s it!

How can you use your address?

Your new addresses are now usable around the web, including the .SOL domains that you recently purchased. You can use it for signing up for services, communicating with other Solana or Bonfida users, or for personal and professional communications. Just like every message on Skiff Mail, your data remains private to you and encrypted with keys you alone own.If you decide to transfer or sell one of your domains, they will automatically start forwarding mail to the new wallet address that owns the corresponding domain, thereby keeping your email private and end-to-end encrypted but providing communication utility to its new owner. To learn more about programming using Solana and Bonfida, visit the naming service guide on GitHub here.

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