Brave browser is an interesting take as a privacy-focused browser. Even though we already have plenty of options to consider for Linux (Chromium/Firefox, etc.), the Brave browser stands out for things like strictly blocking ads and trackers.
It was in the beta phase before the announcement. So, if you already had it installed, you may not find a significant change with this release.
If you are learning about this browser for the first time, I shall mention a few key highlights associated with this release.
Chromium-based Open Source Browser
Yes, Brave is based on Chromium and it’s an open-source browser as well. You can follow its development on GitHub as well.
If you’re not a fan of Chromium-based browsers, you may check out the list of non-Google browsers here.
Ad-blocking Feature & Privacy-friendly Ad Platform
Brave focuses on protecting privacy by blocking advertisements, trackers, and also tries to introduce a way to display privacy-respecting advertisements.
Of course, only if you opt-in, you will be displayed advertisements that do not track you or collect any information.
Rewarding Users & Publishers
Brave integrates a blockchain-based advertising model so that when you opt-in for the privacy-friendly advertisements, you will earn BAT tokens (a.k.a Basic Attention Tokens) which you can then spend to reward the publishers you love to read, like us :)
In that way, you get to get rid of the data collecting advertisements while also being able to support the publishers.
Even though this advertising model isn’t a big success but the CEO of Brave Software (Brendan Eich), shared his concern for this by mentioning:
“Either we all accept the $330 billion ad-tech industry treating us as their products, exploiting our data, piling on more data breaches and privacy scandals, and starving publishers of revenue; or we reject the surveillance economy and replace it with something better that works for everyone. That’s the inspiration behind Brave,”
We have an article on how to install brave on Linux – in case you’re curious. And, yes, along with the support for Linux, you can install it on your Windows/macOS machine as well as on your smartphones.
If you’re using Chrome/Chromium, the transition to Brave browser should be easy. If you try Brave, don’t forget to share your experience with it.