Brave is a web browser that prides itself on the privacy and security it offers users. it boasts that not only is it three times faster than Chrome, but also that it offers "better protection from Google and Big Tech". There is a slight irony to this as the browser is based on the same Chromium engine as Google Chrome (and Microsoft Edge, and numerous other browsers for that matter), but the claims made by the developers seem to stand up to scrutiny.
So, what exactly does Brave have to offer?
As the browser is based on the Chromium engine, it is possible to install Chrome extensions and add-ons to enhance your browsing experience, but what we're really interested in here is what Brave has to offer out of the box. In the name of privacy, the browser will not only block ads, but also ads tat track your movements online as you browse the web. This is something that helps to boost privacy while simultaneously improving the speed of web browsing.
Like all browsers, Brave includes a private browsing option that ensure your browsing history is not recorded, but it also gives you the change to open websites in Tor for complete privacy.
If you are interested in keeping an eye on just how effective Brave is, when you open a new tab you are presented with statistics about the number of ads that have been blocked and the amount of data that has been saved – and you may be surprised at just how quickly this figures jump up.
There is a private search engine available from within Brave which enables you to search the web without fear of your search history falling into the wrong hands. Owned by the same company that makes the Brave browser, Brave search offer complete privacy.
Like many ad blocking tools, the ad blocker that is built into Brave can be configured to allow through certain advertisements that meet exacting standards for privacy. This is a way for Brave ot make money, and as an incentive for users to enable this option, it is possible to earn rewards for viewing privacy-preserving ads.
Other features include a secure browser-native crypto wallet for managing all of your cryptocurrency needs. This is your one-stop-shop for buying, selling and exchanging cryptocurrencies without the need to switch to a different app, or to rely on a third-party website.
In addition to the popular Windows version of the browser, Brave is also available for Intel and Apple Silicon versions of macOS. There is also a Linux version available as well, and details of how to obtain the browser for various distros can be found here.
The fact that Brave is based on the Chromium engine could be seen as both a blessing and a curse, but it helps to ensure not only compatibility with websites and extension, and also means that updates come thick and fast. The focus on privacy is something to be welcomed, and the inclusion of Tor connectivity is an amazing addition; the fact that it has been simplified and made so accessible is very impressive.