Brave Browser Review
Brave – A Better Web, A Better Browser | Review
December 30, 2019
Brave Browser Review
Brave – A Better Web, A Better Browser | Review
December 30, 2019

Introduction

Brave is a free and open-source web browser that is developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. It emphasizes security and privacy while not sacrificing features or performance. The browser also blocks ads and website trackers. 

About

The Brave Browser is privacy-focused and open-sourced, and it is engineered by great developers that seek to make the web a better place and make the adoption for cryptocurrency mainstream through the integration of the BAT Token. In fact, it is the latest unique browser to join the ever-expanding market.

Brave comes with an inbuilt BAT wallet. This wallet enables users to support their favorite websites. Users can load the wallet and allocate a specified amount of BAT to their preferred sites. However, the wallet can be funded through Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and BAT Token.

What Is BAT Token?

BAT Token

Brave has its own cryptocurrency, which is known as Basic Attention Token’ (BAT). It is an Ethereum (ETH) based token, where the browser rewards its users with BAT Token when they use the Brave browser. It can also be used to tip content creators registered with BraveBAT is also known as “Brave rewards”, which is one of the most interesting features of the browser.

With BAT Token, you can also set up automatic donations to websites that you visit, specify how many ads you want to see per hour, and customize how much page time counts as a visit.

History

Brendan Eich, Co-founder of Brave

Brave is developed by Brave Software, which was founded on May 28, 2015, by the Co-founders Brendan Eich, and Brian Bondy. On January 20, 2016, Brave Software launched the first version of Brave with an ad-blocking feature and announced plans for a privacy ad feature and a revenue sharing program.

However, Brendan Eich is the creator of the Javascript programming language. He is also the co-founder of Mozilla, the organization behind the open-source web browser Firefox.

Brian Bondy, Co-founder and CTO of Brave

In June 2018, Brave released a pay-to-surf test version of the browser. This version of Brave is preloaded with approximately 250 ads and sends a detailed log of the user’s browsing activity to Brave for the short-term purpose of testing this functionality.

The browser announced that it added support for Tor in its desktop browser’s private browsing mode.

In June 2019, Brave started testing the new ad-blocking rule that matches an algorithm implemented in Rust.

Check out an official video of Brave on ‘Introducing Blockchain-based Digital Advertising and Services’

However, a Brave claim is on average 69 times faster than the previous implementation in C++. The new algorithm is inspired by the uBlock Origin and Ghostery algorithms.

Brave launched its stable release version 1.0 on November 13, 2019, while having 8.7 million monthly active users overall.

At the time, it also had approximately 3 million active users on a daily basis. It is important to note that Brave 1.0 was made available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, macOS, and Linux, and integrated “almost all of Brave’s marquee features across all platforms.”

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The Team

  1. Brendan Eich – Co-Founder and CEO
  2. Brian Bondy – Co-Founder and CTO
  3. Yan Zhu – Chief Information Security Officer
  4. Ben Livshits – Chief Scientist
  5. David Temkin – Chief Product Officer
  6. Brian Brown – Chief Business Officer
  7. Brad Richter – Head of Design
  8. Catherine Corre – Head of Communications
  9. Holli Bohren – CFO
  10. Johnny Ryan – Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer
  11. Brian Johnson – Principal Engineer
  12. Brian Clifton – Director of Engineering
  13. Anthony Tseng – Sr. Software Engineer
  14. Sriram Venkataram – QA and Customer Support
  15. Marshall Rose – Principal Engineer
  16. Jon Sampson – Sr. Developer Relations
  17. Sergey Zhukovsky – Sr. Software Engineer
  18. Ryan Watson – Director of IT and Infrastructure
  19. Cezar Augusto – Sr. Software Engineer
  20. Luke Mulks – Director, Business Development
  21. Alex Wykoff – Product Manager, Brave Rewards
  22. James Mudgett – Principal Product Designer, Mobile
  23. Nejc Zdovc – Sr. Software Engineer
  24. Joel Reis – Sr. Software Engineer
  25. Lauren Wagner – Software QA
  26. Kamil Jozwiak – QA & Release Manager
  27. Jenn Rhim – Director of UX Design
  28. Peter Snyder – Privacy Researcher
  29. Tom Lowenthal – Privacy & Security Product Manager
  30. Chris Nguyen – Technical Operations Coordinator
  31. Jocelyn Liu – Sr. Software Engineer
  32. Jimmy Secretan – VP of Services & Operations
  33. Artem Samoilenko – Sr. Software Engineer
  34. Alexey Barabash – Sr. Software Engineer
  35. Geeta Sarvadnya – QA & Support
  36. Asad Syed – IT Support Engineer
  37. Matt Bacchi – Sr. DevOps Engineer
  38. Jennie – BAT Community Manager
  39. AmirSaber Sharifi – Sr. Software Engineer
  40. Michael McLaughlin – Sr. Software Engineer
  41. Nick von Pentz – Sr. Software Engineer
  42. Michał Buczek – Sr. iOS Engineer
  43. Taylor Campbell – Tor Engineer
  44. Aubrey Keus – Sr. Software Engineer
  45. Emerick Rogul – Sr. Software Engineer
  46. Bartlomiej Lechowski – QA Engineer
  47. eV Quirk – Principal Engineer
  48. Jan Piotrowski – Business Development
  49. Pranjal Jumde – Sr. Security Engineer
  50. Pete Miller – Sr. Software Engineer
  51. Dimitrios Athanasakis – Machine Learning Researcher
  52. Matt Evangelista – User Support Engineer
  53. Ryan Lanese – Sr. Software Engineer
  54. Mandar Shinde – BAT Ecosystem Product Lead
  55. Rafael Ebron – Product Manager
  56. Hamed Haddadi – Visiting Professor
  57. Max Karolinskiy – Sr. Software Engineer
  58. Dan Lipeles – Software Engineer
  59. Karen Liu – Sr. Product Designer
  60. Scott Locklin – Blockchain / Machine Learning
  61. Des Martin – Business Development & Community
  62. Panagiotis Papadopoulos – Security Researcher
  63. Mark Pilgrim – Sr. Software Engineer
  64. Terry Mancey – Senior Developer
  65. Andrius Aucinas – Performance Researcher
  66. Mihai Plesa – DevOps
  67. Adrian Legardy – IT Support Engineer
  68. Cory McDonald – Software Engineer
  69. Ben Kero – Senior DevOps Engineer
  70. George Dregalo – Senior Software Engineer
  71. François Marier – Senior Security Engineer
  72. Matteo Varvello – Performance Researcher
  73. Jan Seidl – Senior Infrastructure Security Engineer
  74. Clayton Hartford – Brave Ads, Rewards & Creator Partnerships
  75. Dan Murphy – Brave Ads Support Specialist
  76. Steven Hollon – User Support Engineer
  77. Donny Dvorin – Head of Sales
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Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths:

  • Fast
  • Packed with features
  • Can use most Chrome extensions
  • Good security & privacy features

Weaknesses:

  • Low update frequency
  • Can only sync bookmarks between devices

Understanding The Brave Browser Model

Brave is a more-or-less standard browser that lets users browse, run web apps and display online content. It is free to download and use. Furthermore, they remember site authentication information.  With their default ad blocking, they caused a buzz in the market. Likewise, it was viewed by many as a threat to content creators. But, the fact is that some of the users can support the content creators even more this way.

Actually, Brave offers a clean and crisp interface that is intuitive to use. It has all the elements you would expect in your browser. However, its individual tabs support icons for quick identification, and hovering the cursor over a tab offers details on the page in that tab without having to click on the tab and activate it.

Brave also displays statistics about the content it has blocked. These statistics are very useful. It displays photos, the current time and shortcuts to your favorite sites. Like other websites, one would expect these features to have an effect on speed. It is very easy to use, with a streamlined design and the useful option to preview the content of tabs.

Features

The Mobile and desktop versions of Brave include a built-in ad blocker, which saves you the trouble of installing a third-party extension. You can also set up a “sync chain” between your devices so that they share your bookmarks with one another. 

So, instead of forcing you to create an account like most browsers, Brave accomplishes that via one-time verification codes, which are available in text and QR form. Unfortunately, the “sync chain” is limited to bookmarks.

Performance

Brave is a fast browser. On a desktop, it reaches higher speeds than Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. On the other hand, on mobile, Brave is as fast as any of its competition, running only a tiny bit slower than Firefox on iOS.

The browser accomplishes those speeds with far lower RAM consumption than most browsers, which is impressive because Chromium-based browsers are infamous for being resource-hungry.

How Brave Protects You?

Brave protects you from trackers and blocks third-party cookies and fingerprinting by default, and the handy “shields” menu makes it easy to turn those protections on and off and monitor how much they are doing.

However, the company says that Brave never collects your data, with the exception of safe browsing and prediction services, which can be disabled. Even the ad personalization through the “Brave Rewards” program is done locally on your device without sending the results of the analysis to Brave or the advertiser.

How Does Brave Make Money?

Brave is funded by its “Brave Rewards” program, which rewards users who have opted in to view ads with the BAT Token. When those users view ads, Brave is paid by advertisers. Then, it transfers 70 percent of the revenue to users and the remaining 30 percent makes up its revenue.

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Reasons To Use The Brave Browser

  1. Brave cares about your privacy
  2. It is fast and elegant
  3. It pays you for viewing ads if you decide to opt-in
  4. It promotes decentralization and crypto adaptation
  5. It is also a unique way to support your favorite Content Creators

Brave is actually gaining popularity. It has been viewed as the next Google Chrome. It appears to be the solution to challenges that come with regular browsers.

News On Brave

On November 13, 2019, it has been reported that makers of the  Browser combine privacy with a blockchain-based digital advertising platform,  announced the official launch of Brave 1.0.

Brendan Eich, the Co-founder, and CEO of Brave stated:

“Today’s Internet is broken, and users suffer the most. They are being tracked, tagged, and exploited; this not only violates privacy, but slows down page loads, drains batteries, and makes for a miserable experience. Meanwhile, publishers are losing revenue at a record pace due to a few gigantic super-companies and too many ad tech intermediaries. Advertisers are wasting time and money on an industry filled with fraud. Everyone with a legitimate stake in the open Web loses in this environment.”

Brendan Eich

He added:

“Surveillance capitalism has plagued the Web for far too long and we’ve reached a critical inflection point where privacy-by-default is no longer a nice-to-have, but a must-have. Users, advertisers, and publishers have finally had enough, and Brave is the answer. Brave 1.0 is the browser reimagined, transforming the Web to put users first with a private, browser-based ads and payment platform. With Brave, the Web can be a rewarding experience for all, without users paying with their privacy.”

Brendan Eich

The Use of Brave In Chrome Extensions

Brave is set up on the Chromium platform, as Chromium is an open-source system that also powers popular browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Based on the Chromium capability, you can almost use all Chrome extensions on Brave. The extensions on Chrome can be added to Brave through the Chrome Web Store

You should make sure that you read messages accompanying extensions carefully. It is up to you to make responsible decisions when installing 3rd party extensions with respect to your data. You can also enable, disable, remove and view additional details/options for your installed extensions in the extensions window.

The Brave Users

Since 2018, Brave users have increased so far. Elsewhere, BAT’s active users have grown from 1 million per month in January 2018 to a total of 5.5 million active users in January 2019. Likewise, in March 2019, Brave reached over 20 million downloads on the Google Play Store for Android devices. 

Conclusion

Brave is a web browser that aims to change how advertising works on the internet while providing users with great security and privacy without sacrificing performance or features.

Thus, Brave is a browser that allows you to support creators without the fear of demonetization.

For more details, you can visit the official site here: https://brave.com/

Source: brave.com | medium.com | cloudwards.net | en.wikipedia.org | miningchamber.com | zerocrypted.com


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Ishita Bora is a Senior Content Creator at Digital Notice Media Labs with an experience of 1 year. She has completed her Master's Degree in Language and Linguistics in 2019 from Gauhati University, India. Her interest lies in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency space, as she loves writing about blockchain and other blockchain-related articles. Currently, she is working on blockchain-based news, reviews, featured articles, and guides.
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