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DPAGE is built on top of Blockstack, an infrastructure in which you can build decentralized blockchain applications. You need a Blockstack account to log into and start using DPAGE.
The Blockstack ID used to log in is stored on the blockchain. All user data is stored on a Gaia node which you can choose. This decentralized setup gives users several advantages over a conventional centralized app:
- Your data is yours: After using DPAGE, if you don’t like it then you can create your own app. Alternatively, you can use any other web page builder and all your data will be with you and not owned by any web page/app.
- Users are not restricted by any vendor lock-ins.
- A Blockstack ID is virtually impossible to block unlike centralized identities. Google or Facebook IDs can be blocked by companies.
- All private user data is encrypted end-to-end. Which means that no one else can read it including the DPAGE creators.
The data stored is not stored with DPAGE
The profile details and user data are stored on a Blockstack’s Gaia storage hub by default. DPAGE itself doesn’t store any user data on its servers. You can also run your own storage hub on a server of choice. They store data with Blockstack and they store it on ‘personal data lockers built on Google, AWS, and Azure’.
It is safer than some centralized web pages
As all private data is encrypted, it’s more difficult for hackers to steal user data from the decentralized app. There is no central database that contains all the data, so hackers also have less incentive to hack into DPAGE. However, DDOS attacks are a possibility if the hackers target a specific Gaia hub.
There is no user-specific tracking
DPAGE only collects non-identifiable analytics of the users for improving the service. The service itself doesn’t store or read private pages.
There are some positive reactions on Hacker news: “This indeed a seriously cool product, hope more people realize it.”
Another comment says: “Nice, I think this is what the web needs, a Unix approach so tools can be built on top and hosts are interchangeable.”
To check out DPAGE, visit their website.