Fortmatic is an easy-to-use alternative to web3 wallets like Metamask. It allows users to use a phone number or email address to connect to Ethereum-based applications, all without the need for a browser extension.

According to Fortmatic, it takes new users a minimum of 22 steps to submit their first transaction when using alternative authentication methods. It’s now their mission to reduce onboarding by as many steps as possible, effectively providing an intuitive registration process – especially those new to web3.

Fortmatic’s SDK allows for easy integration into existing applications, simply by copying and pasting a few lines of code.

To provide an example, Fortmatic was used to load every wallet at ETHDenver with Dai to pay for food!

Background

Fortmatic was founded in 2018 by Sean Li – also founder of software solution Kitematic, and former product lead at app-development company Docker.

Li designed his previous venture, Kitematic, to make Docker’s Linux-focused products more accessible on Mac and Windows desktops. The project was such a success that Kitematic was later acquired by Docker themselves.

Kitematic had similar implications to Fortmatic, in the sense that it was a tool which made complex software more accessible to the everyday user. Using this experience, and a new-found passion for the Ethereum blockchain, he decided to build Fortmatic

According to Crunchbase, Fortmatic has had one funding round in June 2018, which raised seed capital from 3 separate investors.

Why Formatic?

Accessibility

Fortmatic makes applications easy to use for nontechnical users.

Currently, most popular tools for interacting with dApps – including Metamask – require a specific web browser and/or browser extension, severely restricting accessibility.

Fortmatic authenticates users by linking a phone number or email address, removing the need for specific apps or browser extensions.

This allows applications to be accessed via almost any web browser on any device, including mobile. According to Fortmatic, over 65% of their interactions come via mobile devices.

Developer-Friendly

From a developer perspective, Fortmatic is extremely simple to integrate. For any existing web 3 application, Fortmatic can be integrated by pasting a few lines of code.

Security

Fortmatic uses hardware security module (HSM) cryptographic anchors, a security mechanism which is used by many of the industries top custodial solutions. With this, hackers must attempt to crack encrypted keys within the organisation’s infrastructure; meaning their progress can be detected and obstructed, significantly reducing the potential for losses.

In other systems, hackers can simply download private keys and attempt to crack them freely on their own hardware – free of any monitoring.

Partnerships

Fortmatic is used by a suite of notable projects including Airswap, Bancor, OpenSea, Radar Relay, Set Protocol, and Zerion – just to name a few.

With many further integrations on the horizon, it appears that Formatic will continue to grow as a widely-accepted tool for interacting with popular DeFi applications.

How Does it Work?

To begin with Fortmatic, simply open a Fortmatic-enabled dApp. For this example, we’ll use the decentralized exchange Airswap, by visiting https://instant.airswap.io/swap.

Click “Connect Wallet” to get started.

All of the compatible wallet options will be presented. Click on Fortmatic.

From here, a user will set up their Fortmatic wallet. Click “Continue”.

Simply enter an email address, or click “Use Phone Instead” to use a mobile number.

A verification code will be sent to the provided email address or phone number. Enter it here.

To finish, simply select a password to secure the new account.

That’s it! Now, you can interact with supported Ethereum applications simply by entering the chosen email address or phone number and password – no apps or extensions needed!

How to Get Involved?

To stay up to date with all of the latest news and developments with Fortmatic, follow them on Twitter, or join their Telegram channel.

For in-depth insights into releases and updates, check out their official blog.