Sometimes online advertising are getting a bit too much. Brave Browser, more than a simple ad-blocker, allows users to surf the web, while still allowing webmasters to make revenue. On top of the monetary aspects, which aim to replace advertising with a tokenization model, Brave is also focused on increasing privacy. The project is still relatively new, with the ICO held only last summer when Brave Browser raised around $36 million during the 30-second token sale for the platform's Basic Attention Token (BAT). However, the Brave Browser is now a top 10-app in the Google Play Store's "free communication apps category" in 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada, France, South Korea, and Argentina.
Brave Software, the company behind the privacy-focused web browser of the same name, has announced it will be integrating the anonymizing Tor service for their desktop products. The move should improve the browser's reputation for protecting users' privacy, one of its strongest drawcards. The browser's new feature, called Private Tabs with Tor, will allow desktop users to seamlessly connect to the Tor Network inside the browser. Tor, like a virtual private network (VPN), allows web users to conceal their browsing activity from Internet Service Providers (ISPs), guest wi-fi networks, and websites that track visitors by IP address. This is a feature already provided by the Tor Browser, which is a handy tool even if it is funded by the U.S. government.
Ad-blocking browser Brave is getting ready to test its Basic Attention Token (BAT) platform, which has been designed to reward users for looking at adverts. The company, founded by Mozilla's controversial former CEO Brendan Eich, launched the first phase of its model last year, allowing users to anonymously distribute contributions to their favorite creators. Now, it's testing a version of the browser that shows around 250 prepackaged adverts to users that sign up for early access -- a move that's angered newspaper giants that claim the feature is a violation of copyright. The key difference between Brave's preselected ads and conventional ads is that Brave's are selected by the browser based on its observation of your viewing habits, but no data is shared outside the browser. Traditional adverts are generated by companies that track your activity from one site to another, building a profile of your interests out of your control.
Ever wish that you could get compensated for perusing the internet? Turns out a new web browser is willing to make your dreams come true -- that is, if you're willing to look at a few ads in the process. The privacy-focused browser, Brave, which was designed to eliminate advertisements and allow users to peruse the web without other companies collecting their information, will now compensate users who allow some ads. Under the new feature, when a user decides to opt-in on the Brave supported ads, they will be paid 70 percent of the ad revenue through crypto tokens when they decide to interact (click). The tokens called Basic Attention Tokens will be given out once a month according to Gizmodo.