What is Brave?

By Morgan T. McCulley

    Brave is a new fast open web browser that has a built-in adblock. It can stop trackers, be used on computers and phones, and use any search engine, including Google. It has over five hundred thousand downloads and has a 4.4/5 in the Google app store review average. It has been described by reviewers as the “best browser”, “ad free”, “efficient” and has a “clean user interface”.

    It has an array of options for secure protection, optimizing data and battery experience. These options include privacy protections such as HTTPS. All websites have HTTP at the begin of their address. With brave, it puts an S into the address which means it puts codes into the website you go to in order to make them secure. This browser includes all the basics like bookmarks and history. It’s blocking system will also block pop-ups. According to those who work on Brave, “Brave aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with micropayments and a new revenue-sharing solution to give users and publishers a better deal, where fast, safe browsing is the path to a brighter future for the open web.”

    So no, this browser does not block all ads but it will block ads that will lead you to viruses and trackers. They are extremely anti-censorship so all sites can be found on their browser.

    One reviewer in the Google app store, David Woods, stated, “This browser will change everything! I love it!” and I would have to agree with him. I have been using Brave for a couple weeks now. It’s the fastest browser I have ever. It is missing some things, like some of the more popular plugins, such as grammarly, but overall it is worth the download.

    Even though there is still a lot in development for the browser, I have never had any bugs and it has worked perfectly one-hundred percent of the time. Having all of these features for a free download definitely doesn’t hurt either.

    Many of the creators have worked on other projects including Chromium, Mozilla, Blink engine and JavaScript. The browser icon is a orange lion, and they have an amazing website where you can learn about the browser, as well as donate to further development.

    The website also including a download for the browser, videos, and some interesting stats. In particular, they showcase a comparison of Chrome and. Brave, showing Brave outdoing Chrome by a landslide according to knowyourmoblie.com. It also shows how you save money with Brave, how many hours you can save and how much more privacy you get. After three weeks, I have blocked over a thousand trackers, five hundred ads and save 2 minutes of search time. This is definitely a browser worth trying out.

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