End-users can now use popular DeFi apps privately!

With the privacy solution in place on mainnet, end-users can use popular DeFi apps in private ways.

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Aztec Network, the developer of an Ethereum privacy solution, announced that Aztec Connect, a bridge that provides a privacy shield for DeFi transactions, has been launched on mainnet.

In an interview with CoinDesk, Jonathan Wu, the head of growth at Aztec, described Aztec Connect as a VPN for Ethereum. He said that it can be used to ensure privacy when transacting on the Ethereum blockchain.

In March 2021, Aztec introduced the zk.money protocol, which created a privacy shield for direct Ethereum transactions. Connect moves the shield out further, allowing users to privately connect to Ethereum's DeFi ecosystem, including popular apps like Uniswap, Lido and Aave. Private DeFi actions could include staking, lending, swaps and decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) treasury management. The Aztec network includes zero-knowledge rollup technology that essentially bundles transactions before sending them to the Ethereum mainnet; this saves money on transaction or gas fees.

Aztec Connect allows anyone to add privacy to Ethereum applications through either bridge contracts (interfaces that connect Ethereum smart contracts to Aztec's underlying rollup technology) or a software development kit (SDK) that enables developers to integrate their apps with Connect.

The original zk.money protocol has also received an upgrade, allowing users to access DeFi interactions that are private by default, such as liquid staking through Lido and the fixed rate vaults of Element Finance.

Wu said, "We believe that public and private applications will have to work together seamlessly in the future." Aztec Connect is a great example of how you can easily add private features to public applications.