Brave Browser Shields Users From Trackers, Rewards Publishers

1 - Brave Browser Shields Users From Trackers, Rewards Publishers
2 - Brave Highlights Its Speed
3 - Shields Up
4 - HTTPS Everywhere
5 - The Basic Attention Token
6 - Brave Pays Publishers
7 - Open-Source Browser Is Based on Chromium
8 - Brave Can Be Run on All Platforms
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Brave Browser Shields Users From Trackers, Rewards Publishers

Online advertising blockers have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to speed up websites and improve security. The open-source Brave web browser includes an integrated set of blocking and security technologies, grouped under the name Shields, to protect its users. Brave, which was co-founded by Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, goes a step further than just blocking advertisements; it also provides a blockchain-based approach to reward publishers with a cryptocurrency it calls the Basic Attention Token (BAT). With BAT, Eich and Brave are aiming to create a replacement for advertising revenue that is lost from blocked advertisements. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at some of the key highlights of the Brave browser.

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Brave Highlights Its Speed

The default start page for a new Brave browser session highlights one of the key promises of the browser, showing how many advertisements have been blocked and how much time a user has saved as a result.

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Shields Up

Brave provides a built-in set of protection capabilities that are grouped under the category name “Shields.” The Brave Shield provides advertisement, cookie and third-party fingerprinting protections. Phishing/malware filters are also built-in, as is the ability to block scripts.

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HTTPS Everywhere

Brave's Shield settings also include the ability to use HTTPS Everywhere, which provides HTTPS secured connection to sites that do not use SSL/TLS on their own.

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The Basic Attention Token

Brave has its own blockchain-based crypto-coin called the Basic Attention Token (BAT), which can be used to help support publishers.

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Brave Pays Publishers

As part of its user acquisition strategy, Brave offers site publishers $5 worth of BAT for each new user they get to sign up.

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Open-Source Browser Is Based on Chromium

Brave is an open-source project with code hosted on the GitHub project repository. The main browser engine is based on Chromium open-source web browser project led by Google.

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Brave Can Be Run on All Platforms

The Brave browser is available on all major desktop and mobile operating system platforms.