Brave 1.0 has been released Brave Software officially launches its inception version of Brave browser for Windows (64 and 32 bit), macOS, and Linux OS. Also available for Android and iOS. Brave 1.0 is a free open-source browser comes with loads of features and blocks ads, trackers and more more by default.
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 environmentsaid Brendan Eich, co-founder and CEO of Brave Software.
Brave browser is based on Chromium – an open source project by Google. Brave 1.0 uses Chromium 78.0 build. It was in beta since 2016.
Brave packed with unique features like:
- Brave Rewards
- Brave Ads
Apart from the above, Brave browser claims that it will load websites 3x to 6x faster. Also, switching from one browser is quite easy by importing your settings to Brave.
Brave browser has a Shield icon next to the address bar where you can customize your settings for the trackers.
Here are the complete features list.
- Ad blocking
- Fingerprinting prevention*
- Cookie control*
- HTTPS upgrading*
- Block scripts*
- Per-site shield settings
- Configurable global shield defaults
- Earn by viewing private ads
- Tip your favorite creators
- Contribute monthly to sites
- Auto-contribute to sites
- Verify with Uphold and move funds in and out of your wallet
- Become a verified creator and start earning BAT from tips, contributions and referrals
Tabs & Windows
- Private Windows
- Pinned Tabs*
- Drag and drop*
- Close Options
- Find on page
- Print page
- Clear browsing data
- Built-in password manager
- Form autofill
- Control content access to full-screen presentation*
- Control site access to autoplay media
- Send “Do not track” with browsing requests
- Choose default search engine
- Use keyboard shortcuts for alternate search engines*
- Option to use DuckDuckGo for private window search*
- Add Bookmark
- Autosuggest URLs
- Search from address bar
- Autosuggest search terms
- Show/hide bookmarks toolbar*
- Show secure or insecure site
Brave Desktop now supports most of the Chrome extensions in the chrome web store
*Features marked with an asterisk are pending on one or more platforms.
If you want a complete privacy from the trackers, then you can check it out Brave browser. Also Brave supports IPFS (Interplanetary File System)
I will post separate articles about Brave Rewards, IPFS, Brave Ads etc.
Your turn: Will you switch from your favorite browser to Brave? What’s your take on it?
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