Microsoft Edge asked: “Have fought in Browsers Wars?” “Yes. Internet Explorer 6 stated, “Yes. Ok, this doesn’t really have the same dynamic Luke’s and Obi wan’s conversation from A New Hope. But, at one stage the browser battles were still a reality. They weren’t over for me, though there was a couple of skirmishes. Once in a while, though, somebody somewhere thinks, “We need another browser.” At this point I normally just groan and go on. Brave browser, however, is something a bit different.
Blink (Chromium Engine), which powers all Chrome, Opera Edge, Vivaldi and Edge, effectively ends the war on. Firefox and Apple Safari are the notable exceptions.
Brave Browser uses Blink. It isn’t unique in that respect. This browser’s focus on privacy and safety is what sets it apart. We’ll take a closer look at the Brave browser in our Brave browser review.
The issue is Ad Tracking
Most browsers do a good job of keeping you secure while browser. There is universal support for secure HTTP connections, support for incognito tabs (useful when you are using a public computer and not your own), and various levels of sandboxing support that stops one tab stealing data from another. However, one area where privacy has been slowly eroded is advertising.
Effective advertising must be targeted. If you are showing me advertisements about baby strollers and rock climbing equipment, then it is not worth your time. Instead, show me an advertisement that focuses on the latest tech. In order to target the correct people, advertiser create virtual profiles on how you use the web and focus in on what interests and things that interest you. Although it sounds innocent enough and helpful, this is still a useful tool. Advertisers are increasingly using tracking technologies that can be more intrusive.
Online advertising is a big business. Google is estimated to have an annual revenue of $181 Billion, with $181 Billion for 2020. Advertisement accounts for the majority of Google’s annual revenue. offers apps and movies. It also provides cloud services. It sells Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker. However, advertising is where most of the revenue comes. There are many dollars spent selling advertisements based on an ad model that allows money to change hands only when an advert is clicked.
As with most business ventures, the lines between ethical behavior and the relentless pursuit of profit seem to blur the bigger the sums of money. For a long time the advertisers were winning. But consumers have started to rebel. While initiatives like “Do Not Track” and the EU’s GDPR have attempted to clip the wings of advertisers, they have generally been badly conceived and badly implemented. For most people, the GDPR just means they have to click an “I accept your cookies” message every time they visit a new website.
It is possible to totally block data-collecting tracksers. That will, in turn, mean blocking all ads.
Brave browser gives you the power back
But won’t that harm publishers who rely on advert income?
This is an obvious answer, but it is also a major drawback. Advertising-income is crucial for all kinds of websites, including those that are hobbyists and YouTube channels. As I know the value of good content, I don’t use an ad-blocker. Everyone should eat. Brave is the surprising solution. Brave Rewards.
Brave doesn’t encourage you click on advertisements. Brave anonymously calculates your attention to the sites that you visit. Brave Rewards rewards will reimburse you once per month for sites that you have visited. It’s possible to tip site creators or remove any websites that you don’t support.
Brave is offering a surprise alternative to traditional advertisement: Brave Reward.
Brave Rewards uses Brave Tokens, not US dollars, Euros, Yuan or Chinese Yuan. The currency that Brave Rewards relies on is called BAT (Basic Attention token), and it also runs on Ethereum. It is believed that blockchain advertising could offer transparent and decentralized digital advertising exchanges.
In order to replace the old advertising model, stage one is for the Brave web browser and its integrated use of BAT to be mainstreamed. Stage two will allow advertisers, publishers, users and other parties to utilize BAT to finance advertising and attention-based programs. Like the name suggests, the token’s value comes from the user’s attention. That is the commodity you must spend when using the internet.
The BATs are Uphold. Tips
Your tokens must be kept safe, just like all other crypto-currencies. Brave provides an anonymous wallet. This can be saved on your personal computer or mobile device. Another option is to use an online service. We’ll talk more about this in a second.
Brave Ads are a great way to get tokens. Based on browsing habits, the ads displayed are customized to suit your interests. However, this does not mean that any browsing information or personal data will ever leave your browser. A portion of your BAT is earned by clicking on an ad.
When you see something you like online, you can support the content’s creator by sending a tip, as a thank you. Verified creators get paid their tips during the first week of each calendar month. You can also set a monthly recurring contribution.
You can convert your traditional currency to BATs by funding your wallet with Uphold.com. The digital money platform Uphold has over 1 million registered users and covers more than 50 currencies, as well four commodities. As easy as it is to purchase coins/tokens online, but difficult to turn them into money, digital money platforms are not for me.
In order to verify Uphold, my Brave wallet was connected to an Uphold Account. My wallet was funded to the total amount of PS10. I completed the verification which also included identity checks. This was then turned into 71.785044215959870653 BAT. To withdraw the funds, you must wait at least one day. After 24 hours, I paid my 71.785044215959870653 BAT into a Euro account. Within 4 hours, the money was in my bank account. So, it appears that real-world-to-crypto to real-world trades do work.
I lost about €1 in the process. Uphold does promise 0% trading commissions, 0% fees on credit & debit card deposits and 0% bank and crypto withdrawal fees, but I guess I lost out in the exchange rates!
Uphold will offer a debit cards that are linked to your Uphold Account. To buy online, you’ll receive a virtual and physical chip-and pin card. You will find it accepted in millions of shops and ATMs all over the world because it is Mastercard. I joined the waitinglist and am now number 28,492 in line. Referring friends is how I get around the waiting list. Referring friends is the best way to get my card faster. Please consider having a look and I will then make a video of it on Garry Explains.
Chrome however, is very memory-intensive!
Brave provides better privacy and security while browsing faster Chrome, despite it being Chromium-based.
Brave has Chromium roots that give it access to Chrome’s Web Store. By clicking on extensions, you are taken to Google’s official webstore. Not a duplicate or cheap replica. Chrome users and Edge users have no difficulty migrating to Brave. Importing bookmarks is also possible from Edge, Chrome and Firefox. It is not possible to import saved passwords.
Read More: Brave web browser – How to Install Website Extensions
Sync was a key feature of Brave in the early versions. Brave allows data to be synced between your various devices. You can choose to sync all data or certain items such as bookmarks extensions history and passwords.
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What are you going to do?
Brave browser became an integral part of me daily work routine. The reasons I didn’t migrate to Brave completely are nonexistent as it has served me well for certain sites/tasks. Brave is compatible with Windows, macOS OS, Linux (Debian9+, Ubuntu 16.04+ & Mint18+), iOS, Android, and Android. All 5 platforms have been tested and it works as well as other browsers across them. Unfortunately there is not support for Windows on Snapdragon. The Apple Silicon version is available, however.
This is the end of my Brave browser evaluation. The link below will take you to Brave. I strongly recommend it.