Updated: May 27, 2020
Brave is a new web browser that was released in early 2016 and was developed by a team led by Brendan Eich and Brian R.
Bondy, co-founders of the Mozilla Project, with the primary goal of providing speed and security. Brave offers all the basic features you're used to in other browsers, but has some additional featu
res to protect your privacy on the Internet, such as an integrated ad blocker. Whether the use of the browser is really worthwhile, however, and how it compares to Google Chrome & Co., you can find out in this report. 1. setup and user interface For our test we downloaded the installation package (Windows, 64 Bit) directly from the manufacturer's site. Thanks to the wizard, the whole process took less than 30 seconds on our Acer Nitro. After the installation, the Brave Browser starts automatically and greets us with the obligatory "Welcome Tour". The Brave Browser is based on Chromium and therefore copes well with the different web standards. But the relationship cannot be denied visually. 2. Testing Brave Browser The most important features at a glance. The Brave Browser offers all the important functions that you already know from competitors such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. In addition, the program a
lso contains a number of functions to protect your privacy: Brave Browser Security Features The Brave Browser comes with a number of security shields that are primarily designed to protect your privacy while surfing. The integrated ad blocker prevents ads based on tracking by third parties. The program enforces a secure, encrypted communication via SSL and performs the update automatically if possible. Third party cookies are blocked by default. Private tabs block http links, scripts and tracking pixels. Incognito mode provides
support for the Tor network. Synchronization makes your page histories and bookmarks available on all your devices. Instead of Google, the anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo is enabled by default in Brave. The Brave Browser can be enhanced with new features as needed, and because it's related to Chrome or Chromium, it's also compatible with add-ons from the Chrome Web Store. 2.1 BAT promotes sites with good content Brave Rewards With the help of Brave Rewards you can support your favorite sites with an amount of money you specify, even if the ad blocker is activated. Many websites finance themselve
s mainly through advertising and can thus make their content available for free. By using an ad blocker you deprive such providers of their main source of income. With "Brave Rewards" you can support your favourite websites with a freely selectable amount despite the activated ad blocker. The core of the system is the so-called "BAT" ("Basic Attention Token"), which rewards you with the crypto currency of the same name when you watch advertising. Brave then automatically distributes the tokens to the relevant pages depending on the time spent there. Alternatively, you can donate directly to a website or set a fixed monthly contribution.
The BAT system is deactivated by default and must be switched on manually. Without BAT, Brave is basically nothing more than a chromium-based browser with additional protection functions against advertising and tracking.