dApps, also known as decentralized applications, are run on blockchains and other peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.
There is no middleman with decentralized applications, as they are open-source with public database records and use crypto assets to secure networks. dApps also prevent government and other forms of intervention.
Smart contracts are arguably the most popular dApps right now, and are utilized on the Ethereum blockchain to execute a command when certain conditions have been met. There are over 2000 dApps on the Ethereum blockchain. This just goes to show how popular these applications are becoming.
CryptoKitties is widely regarded as one of the best dApps right now. Users can buy, breed and collect different cats, which actually represented crypto tokens. Cryptovoxels is another dApp which features a virtual Ethereum world where users can buy parcels of land on OpenSea. Parcels can be used for creativity, advertising, or even art showcases. dApps are here to stay and will continue to develop hopefully capturing mainstream attention.
In conclusion, dApps are fantastic tools that both businesses and individuals alike can use. While they are generally secure, some hackers can browse the network to try and find weaknesses since everything is open-source.