Brave (web browser)
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|Developer(s)||Brendan Eich, Brian R. Bondy, Marshall Rose, Yan Zhu, Garvan Keeley, Aubrey Keus, Sergey Zhukovsky, Brian Johnson, Brian Clifton, Cezar Augusto|
|Operating system||Linux, Windows 7 or later, macOS, Android, iOS|
|Type||pay-to-surf open-source web browser|
|License||Mozilla Public License, version 2|
History[edit | edit source]
Brave is developed by Brave Software, which was founded on May 28, 2015 by Brendan Eich and Brian Bondy. Brave was first announced by co-founder Eich on January 20, 2016 with the stated goal of providing an alternative to the widely adopted system of providing free content to end users supported by advertising revenue that is employed by many content creators and publishers on the World Wide Web.
Some newspaper publishers claimed in 2016 that Brave's proposed replacement of advertising was illegal.
In June 2018, Brave released a version of the browser for the purpose of testing Brave as a pay-to-surf software. This version of Brave came with around 250 pre-packaged ads, and sends a complete log of the users' browsing activity to Brave. Brave announced that expanded trials will follow.
Brave has an agreement with company DuckDuckGo to sell all the search queries done by a user, in exchange of a revenue-share with DuckDuckGo and partially disables at least one privacy-protection feature called (user-agent protection, June 2018). DuckDuckGo is showing results and ads from Bing which means that servers at Microsoft are indirectly processing all the search queries from Brave users.
Critical reception[edit | edit source]
Version 0.7 of Brave was called “mighty primitive” by Network World. Urbanophile stated that Brave is “very fast” with “quirks”. Ars Technica called Brave a “double dip” and added “Brave just sounds like a cash-grab”.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Brave: A browser that pays you to surf the Web". Techlomedia. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- "Brave browser promises faster Web by banishing intrusive ads". cnet.com. 20 January 2016.
- Patrizio, Andy. "Benchmark tests: Brave browser vs. Chrome, Firefox, and IE 11". Network World. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- "Mozilla co-founder unveils Brave, a browser that blocks ads by default". Ars Technica.
- Murphy, David (April 8, 2016). "Newspapers: Ad-Blocking Brave Browser Is Illegal, Deceptive". PCMAG. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
- "Who are Brave/BAT's major partners? (updated Nov 17, 2017)". 17 November 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- Patrizio, Andy (2016-02-04). "Benchmark tests: How the Brave browser compares with Chrome, Firefox, and IE 11". Network World. IDG. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
- Renn, Aaron (2016-04-13). "Media's response to Brave Browser shows once again why they are going down the tubes". Urbanophile. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
- "Mozilla co-founder unveils Brave, a browser that blocks ads by default". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- Mercer, Christina; Dunn, John E. "The most secure browsers 2018". Techworld. IDG. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
- "Brave's browser offers you a bit more privacy when searching online". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
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