Brave Browser is considered by many as the next Google Chrome, and it’s hoped that it will be the solution to the challenges encountered in normal browsers. This article explores these claims and provides an overview of what to expect from the next-gen browser.
What is the Brave Browser?
Brave is a free browser that allows users to browse, view online content, and run web applications, and, has some of the best ad blocking security which you can opt in to, and receive Brave’s cryptocurrency BAT as a reward.
The Brave browser has an elegant and intuitive user interface and has all the elements you would expect from a browser.
It shows statistics on the homepage, such as blocked content, time saved, HTTPS upgrades and your Brave Rewards – 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 such as speed, security and a reward system, Google could have a new contender.
Brave Reward System
Brave has established itself as a faster-loading browser with better privacy protection than most of its competitors. Brave's main function is to block ads by default. Something that originally caused a lot of scandal, as it was considered a serious threat to content creators, but this is a little off the mark as Brave users can actually tip their favourite creators if they wish.
Brave takes a unique approach to reward content 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, but once you’re registered your visitors can tip you as they like.
As stated, 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, and it also allows you to assign a specific amount to your favourite site.
If you own a website or YouTube channel, you must first activate your BAT wallet and 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. They’ll either be the subtle ads on your Brave homepage or through websites involved in the Brave Publisher Program.
As time goes by you will see your BAT add up, which you can keep saving, cash out, 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. Brave doesn’t allow users to cash out their BAT yet.
Privacy and Security
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. Brave 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 (TOR) to make your browsing experience even more secure.
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, one after another, and only then to the website you’re visiting. This way you’re totally anonymous.
This 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 features are enabled by default when you install the browser. Therefore, if security is your primary concern, you don't need to edit anything.
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Faster than Other Browsers
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.
However, this applies only to the page load speed. When it comes to rendering images and videos, Chrome and Firefox still have a slight advantage.
Brave is more than just a browser. It’s the future of Internet browsing. It’s faster than all other browsers, it’s more secure, it 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 to share 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.