Brave – A Better Web, A Better Browser | Review

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 Brave. BAT 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.”

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

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths:

  1. Fast

  2. Packed with features

  3. Can use most Chrome extensions

  4. Good security & privacy features