Brave

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General information

  • Category: Web browsers
  • Version: 0.25.2
  • Last update: Oct 10, 2018
  • License: MPL

What is Brave?

Brave is a free browser based on Chromium created by Brendan Eich, the co-founder of the Mozilla Project and creator of JavaScript. The browser was created to improve online privacy by sharing less data with advertising customers.

Popular sites host as many as 70 trackers. Brave blocks the software that follows you around. The “private” or “incognito” browsing mode that others offer is not truly private. Those tabs mostly stop other people that use your device from seeing where you’ve been. Brave’s private tab stops trackers and will soon feature "Tor in the tab," providing even deeper privacy.

Screenshot of Brave software running on Windows 10.

By default Brave browser blocks trackers and ads so you can browse the web faster and safer. In other browsers you can add ad blocking extensions but they still allow display some ads and all trackers. Brave Browser solves this issue. You can check statistics of blocked elements and you have access to advanced settings where you can define if you like to use HTTPS everywhere, blocks scripts, 3rd part cookies, ads, phishing and malware components etc. You can download Brave for Windows, Linux and Mac OS.

Brave offers also a Brave Sync option that allows you to sync encrypted browser data between your devices. The other advantage of Brave is saving about 5 seconds of load time per page on a typical cell connection by not downloading ads and trackers. Desktop users see similar savings.

Brave download

You can download Brave 0.25.2 for Windows Mac, and Linux.

Changelog

New features and improvements added to the newest version of software are available in Brave changelog where you can find all highlights from the official release notes.

Brave 0.25.2

  • [Security] Fixed NoScript issue, credit to Xiaoyin Liu and David Albert. 
  • [Security] Fixed chrome://brave issues, credit to Qab and Vladimir Metnew
  • Fixed .onion requests not being blocked in non-Tor tabs.
  • Fixed web compatibility with Qwant.
  • Upgraded to muon 8.1.8.