Founded on 28 May 2015, Brave Software Inc used the free and open-source project Chromium (like Opera and Edge browsers) developed by companies like Google, Microsoft, Yandex, and more eleven years ago, to create their own browser.
The first version was released on 13th November 2019 and included features like a built-in ad-blocker with a focus on privacy, security, and speed. The main “impression-point” will be the new tab screen of the browser.
There you can see how many ads and trackers have been blocked by the browser and how much of a loading/wait time we as users have saved from the process. The result is that we will see blank spaces exactly where a website would normally display ads.
The shield function can also save us from cross-site trackers and cookies and can turn every website’s connection to the more secure https protocol, instead of the plain http, if the website has an SSL certificate. This means that our connection when we view a website is more secure than normally. Of course, we can activate and deactivate the shields at any point.
Another impressive feature is that they have included the usage of Tor network privacy in their incognito mode. Most of the browsers track our activity also in incognito mode, and we are not as incognito as we think we are. By using the Tor network, our computer connects to a chain of worldwide servers, different at any time, before it connects to the website we want to see. That way, we stay truly anonymous and secure while we surf the internet. Plus, it encourages you to use Duckduckgo as your main search engine in the incognito mode so that your searches stay also private.
Because they used the same base source-code as Google’s Chrome, Brave Browser can have access to the huge library pf Google Chrome add-ons through the Google webstore. You can find the webstore here. It is also worth mentioning that Brave uses its own native password manager.
As most of the big players in the Browser industry, Brave also includes versions for iOS, Android, Windows, and/or OSX users, and offers the ability to sync your data securely between these.
- Country of Origins: USA
- Company Behind: Brave Software, Inc
- Marketcap: $406,176,114
- Current Price Per Cryptocurrency: $0.27
- Website: https://brave.com/
But Brave, as I mentioned, is not just about security and privacy. It is all about content. Brave Software Inc offered their initial cryptocurrency coin on 31 May 2017. BAT is an open-source decentralized ad exchange platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. Imagine it as the open-source version of Google’s Adsense.
With this platform, advertisers can promote their message across all Brave users. The ad will create a small pop-up on the right corner of the browser with its message. The user can either close the window or click onto it and check the link. Of course, we can deactivate the ad feature of Brave so we can browse undisturbed through the internet.
By viewing these ads, the user can earn BAT tokens, a form of cryptocurrency that can be exchanged for dollars, euros, and other fiat currencies.
For Content Creators
Users that bought or earned BAT tokens can tip verified content creators through-out the internet or gift them a monthly contribution. Creators then receive these tokens in their integrated cryptocurrency wallet on their Brave browser. You can read the publisher terms of service in the following link: https://basicattentiontoken.org/publisher-terms-of-service/
Anybody can become a verified content creator by following the following process.
The third way one can earn through the Brave browser and BAT is referrals. By adding any channel you will be provided with an affiliate link. Every new user you’re referring to the browser earns you $5. IF you are interested in supporting my content, my referral affiliate link is https://brave.com/dim007.
After earning your first BAT tokens they will be available to your Brave browser. You can withdraw at any cryptocurrency wallet or Bank through a company called Uphold. More about this company on https://uphold.com/en/about-us/company.
After this process, you will b able to convert, withdraw, or deposit your BATs to any bank or wallet.
The payments through Brave will be available to you on a monthly basis.