Phishing poses a pervasive threat to cryptocurrency users, targeting human vulnerability when cryptographic protections are strong. It preys on users’ inattentiveness, haste, or lack of knowledge to steal their crypto funds. In response to this growing menace, DefiLlama has launched LlamaSearch, a search engine specifically designed to mitigate phishing risks by directly redirecting users to trusted sites.
– Privacy friendly: no searches are sent to our servers, all search is done locally
– Permission minimized: Only requires new tab permission
– Supports custom search engines (DDG, bing…)
– Domain list is manually curated at defillama
– Dark mode
– Fast af
— 0xngmi (@0xngmi) October 12, 2023
Protecting Funds Against Fake Versions
The rising popularity of Web3 wallets, such as MetaMask, makes them particularly vulnerable to phishing attacks. Malicious actors can easily promote fake versions of these wallets, leveraging sponsored tools like Google Ads. Once trapped, users may download corrupted versions of these wallets, resulting in the loss of their funds.
How Does LlamaSearch Work?
At first glance, LlamaSearch resembles any other search engine. Its uniqueness lies in its ability to avoid potentially misleading Google results. When a user performs a search, the first result is intended to directly redirect to the official and trusted site. LlamaSearch is effective for most popular applications in the crypto ecosystem, although lesser-known protocols may not be recognized, though it’s obviously not a foolproof method.
In addition to its phishing protection capabilities, LlamaSearch offers another advantage: privacy. Queries are processed locally, avoiding unnecessary data collection by DefiLlama’s servers. For those seeking to benefit from this secure search engine, it is currently available on the Chrome Web Store and Firefox.