My Friday Favourite this week is Brave – Secure, Fast & Private Web Browser.
What is it?
Brave is a web browser that is secure, fast and private.
How can it help me?
Brave is a web browser that has really caught my attention with its focus on security, privacy and speed.
Privacy is such an important topic for Internet users. I’ve written before about protecting yourself when using free wi-fi by using something like ExpressVPN – High-Speed, Secure & Anonymous VPN service.
But what about your default web browser? What if you used a more private web browser?
Like most of the rest of the planet, I use the Google Chrome web browser as my browser of choice.
Brave is built on Chromium (the open-source version of Chrome) and is compatible with Chrome extensions.
However, where Brave differs from Chrome is that it has a very strong focus on security, privacy and speed.
For instance, Brave blocks software that follows you around to track you for advertising purposes.
Brave also blocks unwanted content by default. It has an ad-blocker built-in and, interestingly, keeps track of the advertisements it has blocked. You’d be shocked to see that some of the most popular sites on the web host up to 70 advertisements on a single page!
The Brave browser is also quick. It can load major news sites 2 to 8x faster than Chrome and Safari on mobile, and 2 x fast as Chrome on desktop.
However, the real value-add with Brave private web browser for me is the way they are flipping the advertising model on its head.
There’s an old phrase “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product“.
Typically, web pages have been supported by advertising that is served to you without permission. Instead, Brave private web browser blocks traditional, obtrusive advertising, and allows users to support their favourite publishers with micropayments.
These micropayments are blockchain-based tokens (called the Basic Attention Token, or BAT).
If you choose to view an advertisement, then you’re rewarded with tokens.
Content creators (such as me!) can then be rewarded by Brave users for good content.
Go ahead and try it. I’m signed up as a Brave content producer, so you can tip me!
Brave is now my browser of choice on mobile, and once Chrome-based extension sync is implemented, I’ll be using it as my primary browser on Desktop too.
How much does it cost?
Brave is free to download and use.
How can I get it?
Visit the Brave website to download the Brave browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android or iOS.