Brave Search a brand new search engine from Brave Browser is now open to the public. Brave announced that it had been working to create an independent search engine. It would not depend on Google, Bing, or any other search engines.
The end of the private beta was announced today. Brave Search is open to anyone. Although it’s still a beta version, the engine should be fine for most situations.
Brave Search’s March 2021 history is necessary to fully understand its offerings. Brave was proud to announce the acquisition of Tailcat by the “team formerly involved in privacy searches and the browser products at Cliqz.”
Tailcat’s own index is what sets it apart from any third-party solution like DuckDuckGo and Startpage that rely on Big Tech products such as Google or Bing.
Brave guarantees that it will give users quality search results without any compromise to user security. To alter search results, the engine won’t record IP addresses.
Brave Search uses the same principles of the Brave browser.
- Private: It does not monitor or profile any users.
- User-First: The users come first, and not the data or advertising industries.
- You have the option of searching privately, just like Brave Browser. There will also be an ad free, paid search option.
- Brave Search is independent: Brave Search uses anonymized contributions in order to refine and improve Brave Search.
- Transparent: Results won’t be biased by secret algorithms or methods.
- Integrate with Brave Browser seamlessly.
- Brave Search can also be used for other searches.
Brave Search is just like any other search engine when it’s opened. When you search, you may enter a keyword, receive suggestions and then get the results.
Search results pages look similar to those of other search engines. The search results page offers options to change from the list of “all” results to images or news. Additionally, you can filter your results by time, country or safe search.
Brave Search has an interesting characteristic: it can fill its results using data provided by third-party engines.
Click the cogwheel icon to see the percentage of Brave-derived results (in%).
Brave Search offers another interesting option: the possibility to specify a specific location by hand. Brave Search uses anonymous local results as a default. Some queries are only valid if the address is known. Searching for restaurants close to me requires that the location be known in order to get results. Brave will store and share the IP.
This feature can either be turned off using the settings. Or you can set it manually to become your location.
In the settings you can disable Google fallback mixing and anonymous usage metrics. This will prevent Google search results from being mixed with Brave results.
Brave Search stores your preferences in an anonymous cookie. This is used when you modify the settings. The help page provides more information.
Brave Search does not currently have any ads. The search results displayed in blocks are clearly distinguished and can be distinguished one from the other.
Some queries will display local results only. Others may show widgets. Chart of stock
Brave Search is still in beta. It was a beta product. I tried it for several weeks using one device. The results were good and consistent. Brave has its own index, which is great because it retains full control of the results. Brave claims it also provides search results that aren’t biased. This could make Brave a favorite search engine.
Brave is a unique approach, and it might provide another revenue source for the company. While not all users are willing to spend money on an ad free search engine, it may be worth the effort if you get unfiltered, unbiased results. This could attract people who have had enough of major search engines’ biases and advertising.
Now you: Have You Tried Brave Search?
Brave Search Beta available now
Brave Search by Brave Browser is now open to the public.
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