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Brave

Brave

Fast and secure internet browser for personal computers and mobile devices

Current version: Brave 1.9.76

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Is Brave a safe browser?

Brave is guaranteed to be safer than your current browser. Brave automatically blocks:
  • Any and all trackers
  • Cookies
  • Pop-ups
  • Ads
  • Demographic targets
  • Location settings
  • All the nasty stuff that gets stuck on you as you browse the Internet.

You can also toggle Brave's powerful firewall at any time, leaving the rest of the defences up to you. Brave's shield customisation and firewall settings allow extensive fine-tuning of what gets through. This same protection applies to Brave's script blocking, fingerprinting protection, payments, addresses, passwords, trackers, and everything else.

To further boost your safety, Brave can automatically upgrade your connection to HTTPS, giving you the highest level of security everywhere. Read more

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Why is Brave the best browser?

Brave fast, privacy
  1. Brave is fast: Brave is twice as fast as your desktop browser, and up to eight times faster than the mobile competition.
  2. Brave protects your privacy: Brave shields you from unwanted ads, pop-ups, banners, cookies, and trackers.
  3. Brave saves you money: Since you won't download ads, Brave is saving you money on your data plan.
  4. Brave is secure: Brave includes added safety to your payments, as well as script blocking and password protection. Brave automatically boosts your connections to HTTPS.
  5. Brave lets you give back to your favourite publishers: Use ads and be rewarded with Brave's Basic Attention Tokens (BATs). These give access to premium services and content. BATs are also given to content publishers, distributing your monetised attention how you see fit. Read more

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Improved Browser Games Performance with Brave

Brave is an outstanding browser for online gaming. It reduces loading times and prevents ads/pop-ups from distracting you during gameplay.

The Brave browsing experience has minimal distraction from ads, call-outs, and banners. A welcomed side effect to Brave’s ad-culling is that browser games load much faster!

Brave loads twice as fast as Chrome on desktops, and eight times faster on mobile. Brave optimises the performance of flash games while keeping your browsing data protected. Play your games in Brave if you want the best mix of privacy, protection, speed, smooth gameplay, and ad-free relaxation time!

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What is DuckDuckGo?

DuckDuckGo + Brave Browser

DuckDuckGo is "the search engine that doesn't track you" and has been gaining traction since 2008. DuckDuckGo never mines personal data or even keeps track of a user's browsing habits.

Search engines like Google profit by mining your personal data from across the web. It's the reason you see targeted ads or banners when you're browsing the Internet.

Each time you enter a search with DuckDuckGo the search engine treats you as though it's your first time there. "We simply don't store anything that can tie your searches to you personally or even tie them together into a search history [...]"

DuckDuckGo is Brave's default search engine for incognito mode, and works on iOS, macOS, Windows, and Linux. Use Brave and DuckDuckGo together to search without Google hovering over your shoulder. Read more

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How to clear history in Brave

If you're using Brave on desktop:
  1. Open a new tab
  2. Press Ctrl+H to open your History window.
  3. Check any search elements you want removed. You may also check several at once.
  4. Click 'delete.'

To set a specific time frame or to clean all your data as well as your search history, click the 'clear browsing data' option on the left rail of the History window.

If you are using the mobile version of Brave:

  1. Click the icon of three horizontal lines in the top left corner of your browser in the app. This will take you to the Bookmarks page.
  2. At the top of the bookmarks page are 4 symbols. Tap the one that shows a gear. This will switch over to the settings menu.
  3. Under 'Privacy' tap 'Clear Private Data.'
  4. Click 'Clear Private Data.' By default this includes browsing history, cache, cookies, as well as any saved logins. If you want to keep any of these, just deselect them before hitting 'Clear Private Data.'

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How to use Tor with Brave

Private window in Brave

Tor has been fully integrated into the Brave browser via 'Private Tabs with Tor'.

To open a New Private Tab with Tor, you must:

  1. Open the Customise and Control tab in your Brave browser (the three horizontal stripes in the upper right corner of the browser)
  2. Click 'New Private Tab with Tor' and wait for the new window to open. You can also simply hit Alt+Shift+N to do the same thing.
  3. Clicking this will open a new window using the Tor browser. You will notice the colour scheme changes from light to dark.

Using Tor (The Onion Router) and Brave together makes it more difficult to track which websites you visit. Websites will also have a much harder time identifying or tracking user IP addresses arriving via Brave's 'Private Tabs with Tor'.

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About this software

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"Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. The browser blocks ads and website trackers. In a future version of the browser, the company intends to adopt a pay-to-surf business model. As of 2018, Brave supports Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. The current version features 20 search engines by default, including their partner DuckDuckGo." — Source: Wikipedia

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