Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Fearless launches version 1.0 of its privacy-focused browser

Fearless launches version 1.0 of its privacy-focused browser

In a statement regarding the launch, Brendan Eich, co-founder and CEO of Brave Software, said, "Today's internet is broken, and users suffer the most. they are being tracked, tagged, and exploited; this not only violated privacy, but slows down page loads, drains batteries, and makes for a miserable experience".

Brave, the open-source web browser which focuses on speed, security and privacy, has officially hit version 1.0 and exited beta. Fearless browser aims to deliver a fast and privacy-focused browsing experience.

Another major selling point of the Brave Browser, as mentioned already, is that it blocks ads and third-party trackers by default.

Users can keep the BAT they earn in a wallet app built into the browser, convert it to other cryptocurrency or fiat currency, or they can donate it to the websites they like, via the Brave Rewards program (see below).

Brave, the company co-founded by ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich after his ouster from the organization in 2014, today launched version 1.0 of its browser for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. Brave Ads, the world's first private ad network and part of Brave Rewards, allows users to opt-in to view relevant privacy-preserving ads in exchange for earning BAT.

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Brave also offers a unique blockchain-based advertising model called Brave Ads, which pays users in BAT to allow certain adverts to be served to them.

As the company announced last month, it now has about 8 million daily users. Default settings block phishing, malware, and malvertising. The Rewards program allows users to donate some of the BAT tokens they make by viewing courageous ads to the websites they like the most. All the ad matching operations happen directly on the users' devices. Eich argues that with fearless, the team found a way to tie this all together with anti-tracking technology and an approach to ad blocking that goes beyond the industry-standard blocklists and also uses machine learning to identify additional rules for blocking. These benchmarks are provided by the developers themselves and should be taken with a grain of salt, but fearless aims to use less memory and system resources than other browsers by blocking content and trackers.

Courageous browser comes with built-in ad blockers and can even prevent website from tracking you. To date, Brave Ads has delivered almost 475 privacy-preserving ad campaigns, sparking 130 million ad confirmation events, from brands such as Intel, Pizza Hut, Home Chef, and more. Because Brave Shields removes the friction of unwanted content, Brave loads websites up to 3 to 6 times faster than other browsers and introduces significant memory and battery savings on desktop and mobile. The company claims that the browser saves an average of 27 seconds per page load against Chrome on macOS and 22 seconds per page against Firefox.

If you want to give fearless a try, you can download it here. The release of courageous 1.0 is a milestone for the company and may accelerate growth further.

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