Brave Browser
Brave Browser

Brave privacy-focused browser review

It has been our intention to do a brave browser review for a while.

Brave Browser is the free open-source Internet browser from Brave Software Inc. Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript and co-founder of the Mozilla project, is the creator of Brave. He launched the browser in 2016.

Many  people regard it as the next Google Chrome, and it’s hoped that it will be the solution to challenges encountered in normal browsers. In this article, we explore these claims and provide an overview of what to expect from the next-gen browser.

As described in the Brave Terms of Use, Brave does not collect, store, or sell your data, as they are considered personal property.

It’s not surprising therefore that Brave browser continues to grow in popularity, gaining a foothold in this competitive market.

What is the Brave Browser?

Brave is a free browser that allows users to browse, view online content, and run web applications. It has some of the best ad blocking security which you can opt in to, and receive Brave’s cryptocurrency BAT as a reward.

The browser has an elegant and intuitive user interface and has all the elements you would expect from a browser.

Brave Browser Review

It shows statistics on the homepage, such as blocked content, time saved, HTTPS upgrades and how much BAT you have earned.

As well as these stats, the browser stores your frequently visited websites, and offers you a shortcut logo to reach the website. It has the local time and editing settings on.

If you opt in to Brave Ads, they will very subtly implant an ad on your homepage. It’s so subtle it’s hard to see it and I only noticed it because I knew the company that was advertising and so I recognized the logo.

Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world because people generally don’t know a better alternative. But with all the things Brave offers; speed, security and a reward system, Google could have a new contender.

Brave Browser Review

 Users Reward System

No Brave browser review would be complete without trumpeting their reward system.

Brave has established itself as a faster-loading browser with better privacy protection than most of its competitors. It’s main function is to block ads by default. This originally caused a lot of scandal, as it was considered a serious threat to content creator.

However, this is a little off the mark as Brave users can actually tip their favorite creators if they wish.

It also takes a unique approach to rewarding creators. The rewards are accumulated through donations provided by the network and by the users of Brave Ads.

Publishers need to register their website or channel online before they can earn BAT. Once you’re registered your visitors can tip you as they like.

Another incentive to opt-in to the rewards system is the affiliate program. This can increase your rewards. You can do this, by getting friends and readers of your content, to download the browser. Read more about the program.

BAT

Brave allows users to support their favorite sites with the Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) cryptocurrency. Your browser comes with an internal loadable BAT wallet that earns BAT for opting into seeing ads. It also allows you to assign a specific amount to your favorite site.Brave Browser Review

If you own a website or YouTube channel, you must first activate your BAT wallet. Then, you agree to replace standard ads with anonymous Brave ads. You will then receive 15% of the total BAT revenue.

Anyone surfing the Internet on Brave can also earn BAT from opting into ads. There will either be subtle ads on your Brave homepage or through websites involved in the Brave Publisher Program.

As time goes by you will see your BAT accumulate.

You can keep saving this BAT,  cash out by sending it to your Uphold account, or use the BAT to tip content creators.

Users can send a one-off tip or set a monthly budget that will be automatically distributed to frequently visited sites.

Furthermore, you can buy gifts and gift cards by connecting your uphold wallet to the TAP Network.

Privacy and Security

Here we come to the heart of the brave browser review. As a privacy-conscious browser, Brave is much more secure than Chrome or Firefox. In addition to blocking ads by default, it also blocks crawlers and blocking scripts. Furthermore, it does its best to protect your PC, laptop, or cell phone from malware and other malicious scripts.

Brave also offers the ability to open private windows using the Onion Router.

When you are inside a Private Window with Tor, Brave will connect you to a chain of three different computers in the volunteer-run Tor network. This is done one after another, and only then to the website you’re visiting. Thus  you’re totally anonymous.

The anonymity feature not only hides your IP address from all the websites you visit but also your online browsing history from your internet service provider.

It is important to note that all Brave security and privacy features are enabled by default when you install the browser. Therefore, if security and privacy are your primary concern, you don’t need to edit anything. However, if you wish to use advanced features you can find out about it in our related article.


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Faster

brave browser review

The lack of third-party advertising is the main reason Brave maintains a faster browsing experience than its competitors. Web compression has never been faster, with less downloadable content on both the front end and the back end.

Note, this applies only to the page load speed. When it comes to rendering images and videos, Chrome and Firefox still have a slight advantage.

Conclusion

Brave is more than just a browser. It is the future of Internet browsing. The browser is faster than other browsers, more secure and doesn’t invade your life with ugly big ads that you’re not interested in.

It is by default security first. If you respect your own privacy Brave is for you. If you don’t mind sharing your time online with subtle and relevant ads, you will be rewarded for it. And if you’re a content creator, you can register your website or creator channel and earn tips from your audience.

Brave is young, and only a tiny part of the Browser market, but as people learn about the features it offers, it’s only a matter of time before it gains mass adoption.

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