Thanks to all the recent internet privacy scandals, we need to be more aware of how our browsing information is tracked and shared. We need to be more vigilant on what old Zuckerburg is selling to other companies. As a result of all the trackers on sites, we have seen more releases of browsers that block trackers. Brave was created by one of the co-founders of the Mozilla project. The browser is open source which means that anyone can edit the source code and change features if they have the know-how.

Why should we be concerned about trackers

Third-party trackers are usually connected to advertising, but not always. The privacy scandals that shocked the world, showed us that even our trusted social media sites we use every day cannot be trusted.  This was a clear warning shot that we are not as safe as we would like to think we are. When websites use third-party trackers without our permission that is a blatant invasion of our privacy. Browsers like Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari have “Do not track me” features, but these features mean next to nothing and are only a facade. The debate about internet anonymity is raging at the moment and the outcome, as well as the full effect of the scandals, is still unsure. We need to prepare and protect ourselves for future instances like this.

What makes Brave unique?

Brave has multiple features that make it slick and useful. One of the first most striking things about the browser is that it’s almost identical to Google Chrome. The browser’s interface is very similar, anyone that uses chrome will feel right at home. Brave also has a built-in ad blocker that will stop any pop-ups and ads on sites. Along with the tracker blocker, this speeds up your browsing experience. All the advertisements and trackers tend to slow down the web pages we use. We have grown so accustomed to them that this is something we don’t seem to realize anymore.

Activating a private tab will no longer save your browsing history. Browsing with a private tab is the ultimate private experience for the people who visit some questionable websites. The browser conveniently upgrades all “HTTP” sites to “HTTPS” adding even more security to the browser.

Pay-to-browse

This might sound scary to most people but fear not. Brave introduced their own ads that are specifically designed for content creators. You don’t pay to browse, Brave gives you the power to choose which ads you want to donate money to. Brave even rewards users with points as they browse that can be spent on the ads you like. This “Power to the people” model started in the ’90s but sadly never really picked up in the mainstream browser community.

Take control of your privacy

It’s time to take control of your privacy before it’s too late. Don’t sit and wait for another huge information leak from one of our favourite social media platforms. Block trackers and ads using Brave and feel at home with its similar design to Chrome.