Brave Browser Review: the future of web browsingkuba - Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Brave Browser represents an absolutely new way of browsing the Web focusing on online privacy by blocking ads and trackers. Brave also allows you to send tips to publishers, and in the near feature, it will allow you to make real money from ad revenue. Check my review of the browser.
What is Brave Browser?
Brave is a browser based on the Chromium project. By default, the web browser blocks trackers and ads so you can browse the web faster. In other browsers, you can add ad blocking extensions but they still allow display some ads and all trackers. Brave Browser solves this issue perfectly.
From the main window, you can check statistics of all blocked elements. You have also access to some advanced settings from where you can define if you like to use HTTPS everywhere, or blocks scripts, 3rd part cookies, ads, phishing and malware components etc.
Integration with Brave Sync allows you to sync encrypted browser data between your devices. The biggest advantage of this web browser is speeding up page load on a typical cell connection by not downloading ads and trackers. This feature can load pages up to 300% faster.
You can download Brave Browser for Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.
The project started on May 28, 2015, by CEO Brendan Eichthe, the co-founder of the Mozilla Project, and CTO Brian Bondy. Brave Software launched the first public version of the browser on January 20, 2016. The app was packed with partial ad blocking features and plans for ad revenue sharing program.
As part of our 0.11.6 release of Brave for desktop on Sep 1, 2016, the publisher announced the beta version of Brave Payments, the Bitcoin-based micropayments system that can automatically and privately pay users favorite websites.
October 12, 2017, was a big step for the web platform. BAT integration into Brave 0.19 made the Brave browser the first application on the BAT platform. The Brave Payments system was integrated with BAT wallet.
In June 2018, a pay-to-surf testing version of the browser was released. The new version was preloaded with over 200 ads allowing users to start earning revenue from displaying brave ads.
A private window in Brave Browser prevents Internet browsing history from being stored and cookies vanish when you close the window. Downloads and bookmarks are still saved even after closing a private window. Sites can learn your IP address when you visit them — even inside a Private Window.
Private Window with Tor
When you are inside a Private Window with Tor, Brave Browser doesn’t connect directly to a website. Instead, you connect to a chain of different computers in the volunteer-run Tor network, one after another. This is a great feature allowing you to use Tor technology in one product.
This new functionality integrates into Brave a new browsing mode that helps protect privacy over the network. Private Tabs with Tor help protect Brave users from ISPs (Internet Service Providers), guest Wi-Fi providers, and visited sites that may be watching their Internet connection or even tracking and collecting IP addresses, a device’s Internet identifier. You can access it from a new Tab.
Tor Private Tabs is easily accessible from the File menu by clicking New Private Tab with Tor. The integration of Tor into the Brave browser enhance privacy protection conveniently accessible to any Brave user directly within the browser. At any point, you can open Private Tabs with Tor, regular tabs, session tabs, or private tabs.
Extensions are programs that live and run directly on the browser. They do not require installation on your computer and do not require a system restart the way traditional programs often do. The browser supports extensions from Chrome Web Store.
A token called the Basic Attention Token ("BAT") is integrated into the browser. In a token sale that raised $36 million in 24 seconds. Users earn BAT while browsing, and pay BAT to publishers to access and support digital content and services.
On top of the browser and integrated token, Brave is building a blockchain-based ad platform. Users, should they choose to get paid for seeing ads, will be served high quality and relevant ads without leakage of their data, as all ad-matching will be done by local (on-device) machine learning.
Brave-verified publishers (or publishers planning to verify as Brave publishers) can start collecting their contributions after establishing an Uphold account. BAT contributions are automatically converted to fiat and are directly deposited into the publisher’s bank account.
Brave Browser Mobile
The mobile version of Brave Browser for iOS and Android devices offers only partial features that you can enjoy using Desktop edition. It is packed with a fast ad blocker and HTTPS Everywhere. Moreover, you can block scripts, phishing, fingerprinting, activate always use private mode etc.
- Tor network integration
- BAT payments
- support for Chrome extensions
- loading speed thx to the packed mechanism to block ads and trackers
- clean interface
- complicated reward system
- integration with Uphold
I have been using Brave Browser for over 6 months now, and I decided to switch to it from Google Chrome. I love the clean user interface and of course the packed technology to block ads and trackers. I don't use it all the time, and when needed I switch if off on my favorites websites.
The user experience is the same as on other popular browsers, but you can definitely feel that all pages are loading much faster on Brave. The downside is the technology behind Brave Wallet. It is complicated to set and a huge number of verifications can kill your enthusiasm to earn money.
As a browser Brave is a great product packed with new technologies. I would definitely recommend using the browser all my friends and family. Brave Browser received the 5-star award, and this is the highest rating I can provide. You should give it a try and install it on your Desktop. It is worth to do it!