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Brave Search is here to battle Google while preserving privacy

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What you need to know

  • Brave announced a privacy-centered search engine called Brave Search.
  • The new search engine is available in beta on all Brave browsers and through search.brave.com.
  • Brave search focuses on privacy and does not track people's clicks or searches.

Brave recently announced a new search engine that aims to protect your privacy. The new tool is called Brave Search. It's available in beta on all versions of the Brave browser, including desktop, Android, and iOS. You can also use it through other browsers by going to search.brave.com. Brave announced the new search engine in a recent post.

The search engine was only announced in March after Brave acquired the search engine Tailcat. Brave Search will be the default search engine for the Brave browser later this year, which should significantly boost how many people use it. According to Brave, the browser has 32 million monthly active users.

Brave highlights seven principles that Brave Search follows:

  1. Privacy: no tracking or profiling of users.
  2. User-first: the user comes first, not the advertising and data industries.
  3. Independence: Brave has its own search index for answering common queries privately without reliance on other providers.
  4. Choice: soon, options for ad-free paid search and ad-supported search.
  5. Transparency: no secret methods or algorithms to bias results, and soon, community-curated open ranking models to ensure diversity and prevent algorithmic biases and outright censorship.
  6. Seamlessness: best-in-class integration between the browser and search without compromising privacy, from personalization to instant results as the user types.
  7. Openness: Brave Search will soon be available to power other search engines.

Brave Search is built on an independent index, but it's being built up, so some results will use third parties. For example, searching for images will utilize Bing. Brave explains that this still won't result in any tracking.

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"Brave Search includes anonymized contributions from the community to improve and refine results," explains Brave. "However, there are types of queries, as well as certain areas such as image search, for which our results are not relevant enough yet, and in those cases we are using APIs until we are able to expand our index."

Right now, Brave Search doesn't show any ads, but there will be ad-free paid search and ad-supported free search in the future.

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 sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • Been using it for a little bit now, and works well for what I need.
  • I get why there's a market for this, but how is this different from a mainstream browser's privacy mode? And the elephant in the room is how important Google's spyware is to making its search index so powerful. If the search engine is based on a community of people providing little or no data, will it actually be good?