Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. The browser blocks ads and website trackers. The company has proposed adopting a Get paid to surf business model in a future version of the browser.
Brave created a new “blockchain-based advertising model that reforms the current system with privacy by design and 70 percent revenue share to users in the form of Basic Attention Tokens (BAT)”. Users may opt-in to view ads to earn BAT which they may convert into digital assets and fiat currencies, or use to support their favorite publishers, content creators, and companies.
According to Brave Software, “ad matching happens directly” on user devices which means that data is not sent to anyone.
Added Binance widget to the New Tab Page. (#9118)
Added support for referral background images and top sites on the New Tab Page. (#8218)
Added the ability to import extensions from Chrome. (#7974)
Added “Customize” text to the New Tab Page dashboard settings icon. (#4930)
Enhanced privacy by farbling convertToBlob. (#8682)
Updated text for “Device recognition” to “Fingerprinting” on Brave Shields panel and brave://settings/shields. (#7949)
Updated category text on ads history panel from “untargeted” to “general”. (#6553)
Improved publisher list load time. (#9376)
Improved top site tiles on the New Tab Page. (#2971)
Switched from “Prebake Cookie” to “Easylist Cookie” list. (#5318)
Removed ability to import data from legacy Brave (muon). (#7403)
Removed autoplay allow list to match Chromium behavior. (#8408)
Disabled ScrollToTextFragment. (#8342)
Fixed Brave ads server retry logic running into an infinite loop in certain cases causing performance issues. (#7226)
Fixed issue where attention percentage would display as zero on rewards panel. (#8463)
Fixed inability to import passwords from Chrome on Windows. (#3674)
Fixed crash when enabling IPFS on Linux. (#7325)
Fixed multiple web compatibility issues related to fingerprinting protection. (#8858,#8855)
Fixed inability to use Twitter in certain cases when “Cross-site cookies blocked” is selected from Brave Shields. (#9337)
Fixed missing translation on the New Tab Page title. (#9169)
Upgraded Chromium to 81.0.4044.129. (#9493)