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Brave browser now available, bringing speed and private browsing features

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What you need to know

  • Brave Software released Brave browser today.
  • Brave Software states that Brave browser delivers a browsing experience that's three to six times faster than other browsers.
  • Brave browser includes several privacy features and a native ad-blocker.

Brave Software released Brave browser today, bringing another browsing option to people on the web. Brave browser aims to deliver a fast and privacy-focused browsing experience. It includes a native adblocker as well as many features that block tracking, autoplaying videos, and more. Brave is available for free on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android (opens in new tab), and iOS (opens in new tab).

Brave Software states that Brave browser loads websites "up to 3 to 6 times faster than other browsers and introduces significant memory and battery savings on desktop and mobile." Brave browser uses "Brave Shields" to block third-party ads, trackers, and autoplay videos. People can customize these shields or turn shields off entirely for specific sites.

According to Brave Software, Brave browser uses significantly fewer resources than other browsers,

Brave saves an average of 27 seconds per page load against Chrome on macOS and 22 seconds per page against Firefox, and Brave uses 58% less data than Chrome to load those same pages. Brave also uses less memory than other browsers, with an improvement of 40% over Chrome and 47% over Firefox.

Brave browser also has a global private ad platform called Brave Ads. This platform uses blockchain-based advertising and allows people to earn Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) that can be digital assets and flat currencies. People can also choose to transfer their earned BAT to websites to compensate creators for their content. This can be set up as a recurring transfer or a one-time transfer. Brave Rewards is an optional feature.

Brave browser has been in beta for months. According to Brave Software, Brave browser has 8.7 million monthly active users around the world.

We've used Brave browser of over the last week and our initial testing shows a speedy browsing experience. We'll share a full review of the browser in the near future.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

  • The company behind Brave browser is a shady one. If you value privacy, Firefox + ublock origin (or such) is a much safer bet. Mozilla (firefox owner) is a very open company which is a good sign concerning privacy.
  • Not true. Brave Browser is also open source and was founded by and run by Brendan Eich, who was the cofounder of Mozilla.
  • On first glance, but once you dive a bit more in the actual business model behind it not so much. To quote:
    "It even says so on their website: "The Brave browser anonymously monitors user attention, then rewards publishers accordingly with BATs.""
    "The BAT-System is build on using Brave to "monitor users attention" = it monitors what you do and which sites you visit. And they do build a profile with this data. Quote from their site:
    "Ads are then anonymously matched with customer interests using local machine learning algorithms." "
    Source -> So yeah Brave browser is not good if you value privacy (especially since anonymous data does practically speaking not exist, to many patterns etc to find out which data is from who).
  • I found some more possible red flags concerning Brave browser;
    "Various components in Brave make connections to our online infrastructure. We create temporary server logs whenever we receive these connections. These logs include your IP address and a brief summary of the action performed — such as checking for an update. We keep these logs for up to a year and use them to ensure the smooth operation of our online infrastructure. "
  • I've tried using it some months ago, but they don't seem to care about the visual aspect, everything is too small and ugly.
    Also, for some reason they managed to make it slower than Chrome.