NFTs, short for Non-Fungible Tokens, are a new digital asset. Just as you might own a rare book or a unique piece of art, you can also own unique items in the digital world, thanks to NFTs. They're special because each one is one-of-a-kind, almost like a digital autograph confirming its uniqueness and your ownership of it.

NFTs are part of something bigger called the Web3 world. Web3, or the decentralised web, is the next generation of the internet. It's like a shift from a rented apartment, where you have little control, to owning your own house, where you have more control and privacy.

Keeping safe

But how do you keep your digital assets safe? This is where digital wallets come in. Just as you store your cash and cards in a physical wallet, a digital wallet stores your digital assets, including NFTs and digital currencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum.

The beauty of these digital wallets is their integration with the Web3 world. They allow you to safely store, buy, and sell digital assets, interact with smart contracts (digital agreements), and even verify your identity in the digital world.

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All of this is made possible by a technology called blockchain. Think of blockchain as a digital ledger that's transparent, secure, and not controlled by any single entity. Every time an NFT changes hands, it's recorded on this ledger. This makes it almost impossible to forge an NFT, ensuring the authenticity of your digital assets.

Now, you might be asking, "Why should I care?" The answer lies in the potential benefits of NFTs and the Web3 world.

For one, NFTs have opened up new possibilities for artists and creators to sell their work directly to their audience without intermediaries. Imagine a world where your grandchild, who loves creating digital art, can sell their work as NFT's and earn a living.

Transparent and secure

Moreover, the Web3 world promises a more transparent and secure internet. With the integration of blockchain, digital wallets, and NFTs, we could see a reduction in online fraud, a more trustworthy social media environment, and even a curb in the spread of fake news.

Of course, it's important to approach with caution. As with anything valuable, scammers can target digital assets, and their value can fluctuate. Always do your research, only use reputable digital wallets, and consider seeking advice from trusted sources or younger family members who are familiar with this digital landscape.

As we continue to embrace the digital world, understanding NFTs, digital wallets, and the Web3 world becomes increasingly important. As I've learned to adapt to new technology as an F-16 pilot, I encourage you to remain curious and open-minded as we navigate this exciting digital frontier together.

In a world where misinformation seems as common as the air we breathe, verifying authenticity's more important than ever.

NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, have emerged as a significant tool, but they are not stand-alone. They are part of a broader system called Web3, which promises to revolutionise how we interact online and ensure authenticity.


Web3, or the decentralised web, is the next generation of the internet. It's a system where users have more control, privacy, and direct interaction without the need for intermediaries like big tech companies. In this system, blockchain technology plays a pivotal role.

You might associate blockchain with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, but it's much more than that. At its core, blockchain is a transparent and secure way of recording transactions or any digital interaction. Its decentralised nature ensures that no single entity has total control, enhancing security and trust.

NFTs are one of the innovations made possible by blockchain. As we've discussed, NFTs are unique digital assets. When you buy an NFT, you're buying a digital certificate of ownership that's as unique as the asset it represents. This ownership is verified and recorded on the blockchain, ensuring its authenticity and making it nearly impossible to forge.

However, NFTs and Web3 aren't just about proving ownership of digital artwork or collectibles. They can be used to verify a wide range of assets and interactions. For example, NFTs could be used to validate the authenticity of educational certificates, reducing the risk of fraudulent qualifications. Or, they could be used to prove identity, making online interactions more secure.

In a broader sense, the Web3 ecosystem could provide a platform for a more trustworthy Internet. Imagine a social media platform where users can verify their identity through blockchain, reducing the risk of fake profiles and bots. Or a news platform where articles are timestamped and verified on the blockchain, making it easier to track the source of information and curb the spread of fake news.

Of course, like any new technology, NFTs and Web3 come with their challenges. There are concerns about environmental impact, and legal and regulatory frameworks need to be developed.

However, the potential benefits are substantial. As we continue to navigate the age of misinformation, tools like NFTs and the broader

Web3 system could provide much-needed mechanisms for verifying the authenticity and restoring trust.

As an F-16 pilot, I've learned the value of reliable information and the importance of trust in systems. The world of NFTs and Web3 might be complex, but its potential to provide a more secure, transparent, and authentic digital future is worth exploring.

What is your take on NFTs? Tech of the future or fad? Let us know at The Portugal News!


Chris Lehto, ex-F-16 pilot, and YouTuber, combines aviation expertise and passion for the unexplained to investigate UAPs. He founded the UAP Society, funding decentralised research into alien existence using NFTs.

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