From AOL to Google, there are a ton of free browsers out there that offer users’ access to the World Wide Web. However, there is one browser that’s trying to change the game – Brave.
Brave is an open-source blockchain-powered browser that is focused on protecting user’s privacy. Developed by Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich in 2015; it is designed to block website trackers and targeted advertisements. Moreover, since it isn’t taking the time to download advertising content from sites, Brave is faster than some of the world’s most popular browsers.
For those who are looking to learn more about this revolutionary new way to surf the web, we have 5 fun Brave browser facts for your reading pleasure.
5. Not Ad-Free
As was previously mentioned, Brave blocks advertising. However, the fact that it keeps certain ads from popping up doesn’t mean it’s ad-free.
Instead of the targeted advertisements that show up on many web browsers, Brave uses its own advertisements, which are aimed at an anonymous aggregate of their user base. Essentially, Brave does an ad swap, but still compensates the website being visited – within the browsers own monetary framework. Brave doesn’t allow their advertisers to identify or follow users. Furthermore, the folks behind it claim that they don’t store any user data either.
As founder Brendan Eich explains, Brave is a “user-first platform that reconnects people who choose to engage with creators and advertisers, to rebuild the trust that has been eroded by the surveillance-based ad-tech ecosystem.”
4. Fueled By Cryptocurrency
A digital currency known as the Basic Attention Token (BAT) is the foundation of this new browser’s economy.
BAT is an Ethereum-based decentralized exchange platform, which was also created by Brendan Eich, to work in conjunction with Brave.
The Basic Attention Token monetizes human attention as part of the browser’s pay to surf business model. This new token has several use cases.
For those who wish to advertise on Brave, BAT can be used to purchase ad space and user attention. Moreover, in this particular model, publishers receive their ad revenue in the form of BAT tokens. Lastly, users can also receive tokens for viewing ads.
Given that Basic Attention Tokens can be exchanged for other currencies (even fiat) – Brave is essentially paying folks to browse the internet.
To get an idea what this relatively new form of digital currency is worth, at press time, a single BAT is going for around 25 cents.
3. Has Over 4.6 Million Users
As of early October, Brave claimed to have roughly 4.6 million monthly users. Furthermore, the company expects to have more than 5 million people utilizing their browser by the end of the calendar year. This doesn’t include the 10 million downloads Brave received on Google Play – as was reported this past August.
Granted, these may not seem like a big number when compared browsers like Google Chrome – which claims to have over 1 billion users worldwide. However, with so many high-profile data leaks continuing to make headlines, the interest in privacy-centric products like Brave could continue to rise.
2. Users Can Save Money On Their Phone Bill
When it comes to cell phones these days, time is money. Besides being an invasion of privacy, website trackers can also cost smartphone users their hard-earned cash.
According to Brave’s website, “The average mobile browser user pays as much as $23 a month in data charges to download ads and trackers.” For readers who don’t have a calculator handy, that’s $276 over the course of a year.
Since most people don’t want to see ads anyway, being charged to do so is definitely a drag. Using Brave on one’s phone can save folks a little money by blocking trackers – which is a nice benefit.
1. Now Offers A Tipping Feature
Recently, Brave browser has begun to roll out their Basic Attention Token tipping feature. This feature offers users a chance to show their favorite content creators a little love.
At press time BAT tips can only be given to publishers. However, if all goes according to plan, those using Brave will soon be able to tip Reddit and Twitter users as well.
According to a report by CryptoGlobe, “On the BATProject subreddit, various users have been sharing who they sent their first tips to. Some sent their tokens to the Washington Post, while others decided to support Wikipedia.”