Review Brave Browser (2021): Earn Tokens When Browsing

We will briefly describe it

  • Brave browser allows you to block ads from your browser by default.
  • Brave’s privacy-preserving adverts allow users to see and earn Basic Attention Token (BAT), a cryptocurrency.

Do you have any memories of Internet Explorer’s dark days? We do. Alternative browsers such Firefox and Google Chrome were a godsend in the face of the slow, buggy and often unpleasant user interface.

Brave Browser is the (relatively new) kid on block.

What does Brave Browser mean?

Brave Browser is an encrypted browser with crypto-powered privacy features that prevents websites from tracking you automatically.

Brave could be seen as a fool for launching a browser into the marketplace. Google Chrome, market leader in , now holds nearly half of the global marketshare . Apple Safari’s second-place finish is at 19%. Mozilla Firefox’s ranking comes in third with 4%.

Brave however believes its emphasis on privacy makes it stand out from other competitors. Brendan Eich, who is also the founder of JavaScript and the Mozilla Project’s co-founder, Brave was created to change the way we view the web. Brave will prevent websites from tracking us and give you cold, hard crypto if you watch ads.

It’s true: Brave users are able to make revenue via Base Attention Token. By choosing anonymity-preserving ads, they can also earn BAT. This anonymous ad network is available to users, and was first launched in November 2019. Users are then able to view these ads before receiving BAT. It’s optional and users can turn off all ads if they wish. This is a bit too much.

Brave is now a day-to-day driver. We put it through all the tests. It is it quick? Do you have the right features? Can it replace Chrome?

Let’s start to find out.

Designers and users of Chrome will be familiar with design and UX

Brave’s look and feel is immediately familiar to Chrome users. Image: Brave

Brave is easy to use on both mobile and desktop. You won’t notice any differences if you access it from Chrome the first time. Brave, built on the Chromium free web browser (Google’s Chrome), is not an accident.

Brave has a streamlined UI, making it easy for Chrome users to make the move to Brave. You’ll find everything exactly where you want it. You’ll have no problems using navigation from other browsers due to the simplicity of web browsers.

Brave comes with a dark mode built in, which is something we highly recommend no matter what kind of device you are using. If you treat your eyes to dark menus and UI layouts then you won’t want to return to the world of bright white screens.

Brave browser – How do I get started?

You can start to dive into the fantastic world of Reddit or cat gifs by spending some time setting it up. This will make your experience smoother and more enjoyable.

Importing your bookmarks is the first step. It is easy to find ‘Bookmarks,’ then select “Bookmarks”, and finally choose to import bookmarks. It’s as easy as choosing Chrome (or another browser) to import information.

Brave’s emphasis on privacy might be something you consider. If so, Google may not be your default search engine. DuckDuckGo is a much more data-friendly alternative. Click on settings then click on ‘Search engine’ to select the service you prefer.

One last thing that you may want is to connect your Brave mobile and desktop versions. It will let you easily move between them, sharing bookmarks, preferences and other information. You can access settings by clicking ‘Sync’ or ‘Add new Device’.

Brave’s sync functionality can feel a little awkward compared to Chrome’s. This requires that you scan a QR code and enter a keyphrase of 24 words to establish a “sync link” between devices. You will have to log into, but it’s not nearly as easy as competitors.

Brave browser makes it so straightforward to use

Brave does not insist on privacy or blocking tracking cookies and ads, but there is no need for you to go through any hoops to take advantage of the core privacy features.

Brave will block trackers, ads, and other data mining attempts as standard. This is a great feeling.

Brave’s ChromiumDNA allows you to install Chrome extensions. This will allow you to supercharge your browsing experience. It’s as easy as clicking on ‘Add Brave to Chrome’ in the Chrome web store to add extensions. You won’t have to sideload, use workarounds, or encounter compatibility issues. It’s simple.

Brave browser speed tests: quicker than the competitors

Brave and Chrome were comparable on PC as well as mobile. We didn’t notice any significant speed improvements. Brave didn’t feel faster, but it isn’t something we would complain about.

With a more scientific approach, we tested both browsers with the browserbench.org. This test measures JavaScript performance, web application responsiveness and graphics. Chrome has a slightly higher score in this case, though not by huge margins, across all categories. When there isn’t any noticeable speed difference during normal use, raw numbers mean little.

Brave’s resource consumption is much lower than Chrome. This was an important difference that we appreciated. Google’s browser has a reputation for being a memory hog. Brave was using 150-400MB of RAM more during benchmark testing. It might not seem that much but this could have an enormous impact on how your hardware is configured. Brave has a much lighter footprint and I appreciate it.

Brave Browser – Features, Security and Privacy

Brave stands out among the rest of its peers because it has many unique features. For most people, the Shields feature is what makes Brave stand out. It automatically blocks ads and tracksers. If you click on the Brave logo symbol at the URL bar, you will see the items that are being blocked. From there, you can modify the settings and make it more aggressive or less restrictive. It can be used to both block scripts as well as to upgrade HTTPS connections where necessary.

Open the menu, select “New Private Window with Tor”, and you will be able to further enhance your privacy browsing. This will create a Tor tab that offers greater privacy than the regular incognito setting.

Incognito mode is used to prevent your browsing history from being saved, as well as cookies and site data. Your browsing history can be seen by your employer or school as well as the internet service provider (ISP) that you use.

Because it redirects you browsing to multiple servers, the private Tor tab is said to give anonymity. Because these connections are encrypted your ISP/employer can’t view what websites you visit. There is however a problem. This re-routing affects speed dramatically.

Brave’s Tor browser is noticeably slower. Image: speedtest.net

The router is wired to our computer via ethernet, which allows us maximum stability and speed. We get download speeds of around 220-320 Mbps. Private Tor tabs, on the other hand, have speeds that are significantly lower, measuring between 3-5 Mb/s. We don’t personally need Tor tab anonymity for general browsing purposes so this isn’t an issue. However, many people accept the compromise in the name of privacy.

Brave has had some issues with Tor integration. Brave had been leak private.onion adresses to domain name services providers, as revealed in February 2021. Although this bug has been fixed, concerns remain about Brave’s private browsing. Brave’s vice president of IT Ryan Watson stated that Brave does not have the same Privacy level as Tor. “If your life hinges on being anonymous, then use Tor.”

Brave browser wallet

Before we get into earning crypto with Brave, let’s not forget that the browser also features an Ethereum crypto wallet. The wallet can store and send ETH along with most other standard Ethereum tokens. This wallet can be used to store or send Ethereum tokens.

Brave’s Binance widget lets you buy and trade crypto in-browser. Image: Brave

Binance accounts can be linked directly to an integrated widget, which appears on Brave’s home screen. You will then have the ability to trade, purchase, deposit and withdraw crypto. This is an excellent feature. However, Binance’s website would be better. Even though it’s old-fashioned to trade through widgets, it feels unnerving. We will, however, have to accept the present.

Brave just announced it was embracing DeFi. Brave will soon add a aggregator (DEX) to their offering. Discounts for people who own and use the BAT token on Brave. What is the best way to get BAT? Let’s find out…

Brave – How to make crypto

Brave’s greatest feature is its built in ad system. To reward you for seeing ads, you can earn tokens with BAT tokens. Additionally, you have the option to give your earned tokens away to websites that accept BAT.

A triangular icon is located near the end of your URL bar. This will display your current BAT balance as well as information about whether a site has signed-up to receive donations from Brave. Once they’ve signed up, you can either send a tip or create a monthly payment.

Click the “Brave Rewards” option in the upper-right corner to customize your experience. These settings allow you to adjust your experience by turning rewards on and off.

You can earn BAT by browsing, and tip sites to show support. Image: Brave

Keep using the browser and you will receive your rewards at your next payment. It’s possible to earn money and contribute with BAT by not signing up, but you must complete additional steps if cashing it out or transferring funds to your wallet.

If you wish to cash your BAT in or add to your account using funds from other sources you will have to verify the wallet with Uphold. Uphold is highly recommended for its digital currency brokers. Uphold provides a debit MasterCard which you can also back up with crypto.

Uphold will allow you to verify your wallet once your account has attained a minimum balance of 25 BAT. Set your password and email, along with your true name and birth date. Provide a photograph of you, your ID, and your phone number.

While it may sound strange if this sounds unfamiliar, the standard procedure for crypto brokers is to use identity protection to confirm your identity. Uphold has not been granted a license to operate in New York at the moment, but is actively seeking approval.

Brave Rewards isn’t going to give you any income. Brendan Eich said in 2018 to Hacker News, “I wouldn’t be surprised if users can earn $70/year while we bring up the system in 2019,” estimating that users would make around $224 per-year in 2020.

According to a 2019 Reddit post users earned between 20 and 30 BAT each month. The average earning per month was around $6-7 BAT, with BAT costing $0.30. In response to the recent bull run in crypto, BAT prices increased slightly and now sit around $0.50.

Brave mobile

Brave is also available for Android and iOS devices. Image: Decrypt

The iPhone as well as Android can offer the Brave experience.

Brave’s mobile app runs just as smoothly as its desktop version. Shields are available, as is ad-blocking, rewards, and Shields. It doesn’t matter if you link your mobile browser to your desktop application. Only problem we found was the Brave reward and wallet not working on the Huawei handset. This could have been due to Google’s inaccessibility for Huawei handsets. Others Android smartphones didn’t have such issues.

Private-minded users may prefer to get the Tor app in a separate file, because Brave mobile does not currently support Tor private tabs.

iOS users also get brave playlist, a new feature that allows users to create a playlist of videos from multiple sources including YouTube and Vimeo. It is easy to add a new video to the playlist by long pressing a particular video and clicking the “Add Brave Playlist” button. To view your video playlist, tap on “Brave Playlist” at the top of the screen.

A playlist function supports podcasts and videos. It also has media controls like play/pause and media controls. You can even have the audio stream in the background if the browser is minimized. Android users are unfortunately left behind, at least temporarily.

Brave Today

Brave now offers the Brave Today news feed as a start page on iOS and desktop devices. Android owners will be disappointed, though, for the time being.

Brave’s private contents delivery network (CDN), is used by “privacy protecting content stream” for its feed. It’s populated locally by an algorithm. This selects the content based upon how recent it is and the user’s browsing history. But Brave can’t track what you read.

Brave Today is a privacy-preserving news feed. Image: Decrypt

The interface is simple in practice. Simply scroll down to the beginning page and you’ll see all the recent stories. You’ll see a custom button appear in the lower right corner. Click this button to browse 15 different sources including entertainment, fashion, and science. Crypto lists them all.

Although it is a mix of design elements, there are a few issues with the layout. Each tile contains individual stories and lists, while “bundled” categories contain multiple news sources. Some of the heroes are incorrectly cropped which reduces the visual appeal of the layout. Brave could take a page from Twitter and use a smart Auto-cropping algorithm. But it’s nothing that will stop you using the site.

The latest update lets you add RSS feeds for your Brave Today feed. To add a feed, tap “Add Source” on the browser source setting. At present you can only add 5 feeds. A future update will support unlimited feeds. Android users and desktop users will get customized feeds in the next update. Android users have to wait until Brave Today launches on Android.

IPFS support

Brave launched Built-in Support for InterPlanetary File System – making it the very first global web browser to achieve this feat. IPFS is an inter-planetary hypermedia protocol that permits users to access the Internet in a completely different way than standard HTTP.

HTTPS is the preferred method of accessing websites. Browsers use URLs when using HTTPS. It means your distance from the servers will impact how fast a page loads. Also, due to their centrality, others can take control of information. It is possible for certain government agencies to restrict or block access from certain sites. This is just one example of the problem with HTTP/S.

IPFS is a way to distribute site data through a network. It works in a similar fashion as BitTorrent and blockchain. Users can access content using URIs (Universal Resource Indicators), rather than URLs. The device serves as an intermediary for website data storage.

If you open an IPFS website, it is actually being loaded up by other nodes in the network. You’ll be able to stream faster and load websites quicker, as this will ensure that no one website goes offline if a server goes offline. Importantly, this gives the power back and protects against censorship.

Brave has a handful of options for loading IPFS content. A node can be chosen by you, giving you a unique hashedID and allowing you to add site data to other users. Alternately, you could access IPFS sites using a public gateway. These will however log your IP address.

Brave 1.19+ can be used for access to IPFS content. Because the protocol is relatively new compared with the established HTTP, IPFS sites are few and far between. Decrypt, however, is an example. You can click on “IPFS” to access the IPFS version.

Brave offers an example IPFS site, so you don’t have to go far.

The URL we used to link their example is not yet recognized. It just goes to illustrate how far behind things have come.

ipfs://bafybeiemxf5abjwjbikoz4mc3a3dla6ual3jsgpdr4cjr3oz3evfyavhwq/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh.html

Unstoppable domains

Brave and Unstoppable Domains have announced an agreement to collaborate with Brave. Brave Desktop and Android users now have access 30,000 decentralized websites as well as 700,000 domains registered at Unstoppable Domains.

After a user claims them they become an NFT on he Ethereum chain, which grants them ownership. The.crypto domains may point to web content, IPFS and even cryptocurrency addresses.

The process of visiting one these decentralized sites is the exact same as using regular URLs. Brad.crypto in the Brave URL Bar will lead you to Brad Kam’s NFT art gallery. It is very simple.

Verdict

The short answer is that we are fully converted to Brave. It’s our default browser both on mobile and desktop.

Chrome users are well served by Chrome. Chrome offers the best experience and uses fewer resources. Chrome also pays to you to view ads that do not track you.

Brave can be recommended to anyone, even those who are technophobic. There is so much Chrome usage across devices.

Brave offers a way to make a difference in an era where everyone is watching you online.