New releases to assist allow Zcash Shielded by Default

ECC plans to launch the Halo Arc for Zcash product suite later this 12 months. With it, we’re introducing “auto-shielding” in our cell pockets SDKs and unified addresses on the Zcash protocol degree. In supporting wallets, these two options guarantee your Zcash transaction and steadiness data is robotically encrypted — Shielded by Default — within the newest, most safe shielded pool.

The way it works

Auto-shielding robotically strikes funds from a clear Zcash handle to the newest shielded ZEC pool supported by the pockets. This consists of all ZEC acquired to the pockets, clear or shielded, so customers can relaxation simple that every one their funds will probably be shielded. 

The unified handle is a single handle encoding that at present consists of as much as three Zcash handle varieties (i.e., Clear, Sapling and Orchard). This future-proof Zcash handle format improves usability and will increase the benefit of interoperability between shielded-only and transparent-only wallets and exchanges, and helps shielding Zcash by default. Wallets and exchanges that assist auto-shielding together with unified addresses that embody the newest ZEC shielded pool will facilitate elevated person privateness and a greater total person expertise. These options collectively signify Shielded by Default.*

Shielded by Default

Auto-shielding plus unified addresses plus assist for the newest shielded pool in a supported pockets facilitate elevated privateness and a greater person expertise.


UX function in ECC Pockets SDKs that strikes funds from a clear handle to a shielded handle

Unified Addresses

Protocol function that creates a single handle encoding with a number of handle varieties (ex – Clear, Sapling, Orchard)

Help for the newest shielded pool

Orchard will probably be launched with NU5. It’s the newest, most safe ZEC pool and makes use of the Halo 2 proving system, eradicating the necessity for the trusted setup and upgrading the protocol’s underlying cryptography.

ECC wish to see 100% of our ecosystem companions assist unified addresses and as many as potential undertake Shielded by Default. Right here’s how everybody from ecosystem companions to end-users can become involved. 


As with every community improve, ECC is creating sources and documentation, together with a Community Improve Information, in order that companions can simply combine the brand new options of the Halo Arc for Zcash product suite.

ECC has additionally created further instruments to assist builders resembling parsing libraries and technical demo movies.  

Companions who assist Shielded by Default at NU5 Mainnet Activation will probably be listed on as first-class wallets. Wallets which might be shielded by default supply a large usability enchancment for his or her customers, making it simpler to maneuver funds into the shielded pool and profit from the newest Zcash expertise. 

These options activate on testnet in mid- to late-August. ECC is doing every part in our energy to make sure ecosystem companions have what they should check out and implement Halo Arc options. UAs, together with auto-shielding signify an thrilling new period for Zcash, one the place customers don’t should juggle between a number of handle varieties.

The broader Zcash neighborhood may also get the phrase out. Contact your favourite pockets suppliers and allow them to know you need your Zcash Shielded by Default. 

* Word that after the activation of NU5, all stand-alone addresses (clear, Sapling and Sprout) will probably be thought-about legacy addresses. Unified addresses will probably be fully suitable with Sapling and clear legacy addresses.

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