Like many of you out there, you might be a Chrome browser addict, with Chrome usually being adopted as your main browser of choice for its convenient integration with Google services, extensions, and syncing across devices.
But what if you could have a browser similar to your current Chrome one, but with faster browsing and is privacy-focused with built-in ad-blockers?
Welcome to the introduction of Brave browser. It is an open-source browser based on Chromium, the open-source browser project that Chrome itself is based on. Brave browser is the first ever decentralised browser based on blockchain technology that lets users earn tokens as they browse.
The mainframe of Brave is similar to that of Chrome, and as such, you are still able to install pretty much any extension you used to have on Chrome. When installing Brave browser, all of the bookmarks, browser history, and settings from the previous default browser is also synced.
Yet, Brave browser serves up extra gravy on top of that, with its extra layers of security and a shield to protect its users.
Where before with Chrome security came at the conscious effort of users installing ad-blockers and privacy extensions, Brave has this all built-in.
By default, not only does Brave automatically block all ads and prevents autoplay functions from various websites, it also disallows trackers from profiling your location, behaviour and other browsing activity.
Besides blocking phishing, malware, and malvertising, because ad-blocking is an integral part of the Brave browser, it leaves minimal footprint which means minimum load times without the ads.
Brave claims to load pages two times faster than Chrome and Safari on desktop, and up to eight times faster on mobile.
Companies and websites often rely on the advertisement they run on their pages. With Brave, one of its unique features is its Brave Rewards, a blockchain cybercurrency layer which awards users and websites Basic Attention Tokens for allowing certified safe ads.
As the browser automatically blocks all ads and website trackers, instead Brave replaces the scratched-out ads with advertisements from its own network. Users who opt in are compensated in BAT tokens (which are tied to a cybercurrency and used to support websites) for interacting with those ads.
The ads replaced by Brave on its own advertisement are said to be not individually targeted but instead aimed at an anonymous aggregate of the browser’s user base.
Users can also support the content creators under the Brave Rewards. To create a monetary system to compensate websites, Brave automatically distributes users’ contributions based on how much time they spend on sites. Alternatively, users can choose to tip sites directly, or even offer a fixed monthly tip amount.
Brave claims that over 10,000 publishers and content creators have registered to receive Brave Rewards.
If you are interested in giving Brave browser a go, you can download it for your web browser here.