Guest AMA with Kindhumans

Guest AMA with Kindhumans Welcome to the next installment in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and now, guests from projects and causes that Brave collaborates with.  The most...

Mjolnir: Tooling for BAT Apollo

Mjolnir: Tooling for BAT Apollo This blog was written by Samuel Dare, Blockchain Engineer at Brave Marching towards Brave’s mission to create a decentralised ecosystem for digital advertising that respects user’s privacy, we aim to incrementally decentralize...

Browser First-Run: iOS Edition

Browser First-Run: iOS Edition The following review was conducted by Sampson, Senior Developer Relations Specialist at Brave. Last year I did a review of several popular desktop browsers, focusing exclusively on what they do when you launch the browser for the first...

Guest AMA with Matthew Liu & Nick Poulden of Origin

Guest AMA with Matthew Liu & Nick Poulden of Origin Welcome to the next installment in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and now, guests from projects and causes that Brave...

Brave Launches New Swag Store Powered by Origin

Brave Launches New Swag Store Powered by Origin Brave unveils new Brave Swag Store, the official source for Brave and Basic Attention Token-branded merchandise. Powered by Origin Protocol’s new decentralized e-commerce platform, Dshop. San Francisco – March 24,...

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #3: Fingerprint Randomization

Brave now protects users from being fingerprinted by making them appear subtly different to each website. Browser fingerprinting protection is available today in our Nightly version. These new protections both provide the strongest fingerprinting protections of any popular browser, and work without introducing bothersome permission prompts or breaking websites.

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #2: Third-Party Cosmetic Filtering

Problem: Blocking Trackers Sometimes Breaks Sites. One of many ways Brave protects your privacy on the Web is by blocking requests to trackers. By blocking these requests, Brave prevents you from being followed around the Web, and from ad companies, data brokers, and other privacy-harming parties from recording your online activity.

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately-Episode #1: Web Resource Replacements (replacing tracking code with privacy-preserving code that keeps sites working well)

Problem: Blocking Trackers Sometimes Breaks Sites. One of many ways Brave protects your privacy on the Web is by blocking requests to trackers. By blocking these requests, Brave prevents you from being followed around the Web, and from ad companies, data brokers, and other privacy-harming parties from recording your online activity.

Brave 1.0 Performance: Methodology and Results

Brave reached a major milestone with the release of the 1.0 version. As ever, web browsing performance is a key priority for Brave, so we set out to evaluate in detail how it stacks up against the competition and devised a methodology for doing so. In our “1.0 reviewer guide”, we summarized the significant savings Brave users can expect.  In the spirit of transparency, we here present our methodology and detailed results.

The ICO’s failure to act on RTB, the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK

The ICO has today announced that it will be taking no substantive action to fix “RTB”, the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK. Regulatory ambivalence cannot continue. We are considering all options to put an end to the systemic breach, including direct challenges to the controllers and judicial oversight of the ICO. 

Introducing Sponsored Images in Brave

Today we’d like to introduce “Sponsored Images”, the latest addition to Brave’s private advertising platform. These branded images will appear in the form of large, beautiful background images within our new tab page. Sponsored Images will bring additional revenue to support Brave’s mission, and give users a new reason to turn on Brave Rewards so they can get compensated for their attention. These images will begin to appear across our mobile and desktop browsers over the next few months. As always with Brave, Sponsored Images are private.

The road to Brave 1.0

Over the past 4 ½ years I’ve been helping to build a “big” new startup named Brave. It’s been a wild ride, far exceeding anything I could have imagined. The company has grown from a team of 2, to over 100 passionate mission-driven teammates. Our user base has grown to 8.7 million monthly active users. Our users help support over 300,000 registered content creators via micropayments. And our community is growing and thriving more every day.

Brave, Fingerprinting, and Privacy Budgets

Brave, Fingerprinting, and Privacy Budgets This work was written by Peter Snyder, Privacy researcher at Brave, and Dr. Ben Livshits, Brave’s Chief Scientist. One of Brave’s core goals is to protect peoples’ privacy online, and to prevent online trackers from...

Everipedia and Brave Announce Partnership

Everipedia and Brave Announce Partnership Brave to be Featured on Everipedia Homepage, Everipedia Ads to be Featured within Brave GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – October 30, 2019: Everipedia, the world’s largest blockchain-based encyclopedia, and Brave, a privacy...

Accurately Predicting Ad Blocker Savings

Estimating the slow road not taken
We have written before on Brave’s performance, energy and bandwidth benefits for the user. Brave Shields is our primary mechanism for protecting user privacy, but many users know by now that ad and tracker blocking (or just ad blocking for short) makes the web faster and generally better for them. So far Brave’s estimates of the users’ time saved have been very conservative and somewhat naive: we take the total number of ads and trackers blocked, and multiply that by 50 milliseconds. Why this specific number? It is at the low end of what others have estimated to be third-party JavaScript execution overheads, but in fact both in the third-party impact study and in our measurements in this study, the average and median impact of an ad or tracker is more than 10 times higher. Clearly, it is time for an update.

Competition issues in digital markets

This note presents a submission from Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave, and Dr Orla Lynskey of the London School of Economics, to the UK Competition & Markets Authority. 

VPN⁰: A Privacy-Preserving Distributed Virtual Private Network

VPN⁰: A Privacy-Preserving Distributed Virtual Private Network This research presents VPN⁰, the first distributed virtual private network offering a privacy preserving traffic authorization and validation mechanism. This research was conducted by Dr. Matteo Varvello...

Brave Tops Browser First-Run Network Traffic Results

Brave Tops Browser First-Run Network Traffic Results What does a browser do when you first launch it? One of the first things most of us do when sitting down at our computer is launch a web browser. By and large, we’re usually re-launching a browser that we were using...

Privacy-Preserving Product Analytics (P3A)

Privacy-Preserving Product Analytics (P3A) Introduction At Brave, we want our browser not only to provide the best protection against the surveillance economy, but to be the very best way to experience the web.  We rely extensively on community feedback to make sure...

Response to IAB Europe statement on its failure to answer the Irish Data Protection Commission

Dr Johnny Ryan responds to a statement from IAB Europe regarding its failure to answer the Irish Data Protection Commission. Four months on, both I and the Data Protection Commission are still waiting for the first explanation of how “IAB Europe is confident that the way it obtains consent for the use of cookies on its website complies with the requirements of the law”.

Brave’s Luke Mulks among DMN’s 2019 40UNDER40 Award Winners

Brave’s Luke Mulks among DMN’s 2019 40UNDER40 Award Winners We are proud to announce that Luke Mulks, director of business development at Brave, was recognized as one of the top 40 game-changers impacting the marketing and advertising industry for the 2019 DMN...

Tipping with Brave

Tipping with Brave Tip Your Favorite Twitter Creators with Brave Great content keeps us coming back to the same sources, whether it’s reading Web sites, engaging with our favorite influencers on social media, or watching our go-to channels. Compelling and original...

Guest AMA with Alex Wilson & Patrick Duffy of The Giving Block

Guest AMA with Alex Wilson & Patrick Duffy of The Giving Block Welcome to the twenty-second post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and, as of recently, guests from...

Guest AMA with Taylor Monahan & Jordan Spence of MyCrypto

Guest AMA with Taylor Monahan & Jordan Spence of MyCrypto Welcome to the twenty first post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and, as of recently, guests from projects...

Adding YubiKey Support to Brave for iOS

Adding YubiKey Support to Brave for iOS We’re excited to partner with Yubico to bring YubiKey support to Brave for iOS. Yubico is the leading provider of hardware authentication security keys — devices which protect logins to online accounts from phishing,...

AMA with Marshall Rose

AMA with Marshall Rose Welcome to the twentieth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and, as of recently, guests from projects that Brave partners or works with. The most...

Guest AMA with Daniel Gouldman and Ian Kane of Ternio

Guest AMA with Daniel Gouldman and Ian Kane of Ternio Welcome to the nineteenth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and, as of recently, guests from projects that Brave...

Supporting The Web Privacy Community

Supporting The Web Privacy Community Brave is a proud member of the Web privacy community.  Brave relies on the terrific work of the Tor Project, EasyList/EasyPrivacy communities, Disconnect, and the uBlock Origin/uMatrix projects, among many others, to protect Brave...

AMA with Jimmy Secretan

AMA with Jimmy Secretan Welcome to the eighteenth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and, as of recently, guests from projects that Brave partners or works with. The...

AMA with Dr. Johnny Ryan

AMA with Dr. Johnny Ryan Welcome to the seventeenth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and, as of recently, guests from projects that Brave partners or works with. The...

Requirement Analysis of Decentralized Virtual Private Networks (dVPNs)

Requirement Analysis of Decentralized Virtual Private Networks (dVPNs) Despite some advantages over VPNs, current solutions for dVPNs lack strong privacy and performance guarantees. This research was conducted by Dr. Matteo Varvello, performance researcher at Brave,...

Partner AMA with Lin Dai

Partner AMA with Lin Dai Welcome to the sixteenth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and, as of recently, guests from projects that Brave partners or works with. The most...

Ad Tech GDPR complaint is extended to four more European regulators

GDPR complaints about Real-Time Bidding (RTB) in the online advertising industry were filed today with Data Protection Authorities in Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The complaints detail the vast scale of personal data leakage by Google and other major companies in the “Ad Tech” industry.

Brave’s Concerns with the Client-Hints Proposal

Brave’s Concerns with the Client-Hints Proposal Web Standards and User Privacy: Brave’s Concerns with the Client-Hints Proposal By Brave employees Pete Snyder, privacy researcher, Pranjal Jumde, security engineer, Tom Lowenthal, product manager for privacy and...

Brave Launches the First Advertising Platform Built on Privacy

Brave Launches the First Advertising Platform Built on Privacy With 70% revenue share to users, Brave Ads deliver effective advertisingwhile giving users privacy and control Starting today, users of Brave’s latest release of the desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and...

Brave Rewards on Android

Brave Rewards on Android Brave Rewards now in Brave Android App Brave Rewards is now available in the latest version of Brave for Android (1.0.91). To download it on your device, please visit the Google Play Store. Brave Rewards is the new way to help fund content on...

AMA with Des, Jan, and Brad

AMA with Des, Jan, and Brad Welcome to the fifteenth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is an eight-month-long event that features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams. The goal of the series is twofold: to give fans...

Brave Sync Now Available for iPhones and iPads

Brave Sync Now Available for iPhones and iPads Brave Sync is now available in today’s Brave for iOS release (version 1.9). Already a feature in the Brave desktop browser and Brave for Android app, Brave Sync for iOS enables users to automatically sync browsing data...

BATCommunity.org Now Live

New Website for the BAT Community and Online Creators Features Latest News, Technical Tools, Promotions, and Global Meetup Groups

AMA with Holli Bohren

AMA with Holli Bohren Welcome to the fourteenth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is an eight-month-long event that features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams. The goal of the series is twofold: to give fans of...

Brave at Mobile World Congress #MWC19

Brave at Mobile World Congress #MWC19 Last week, Brave attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and unveiled its experiential booth to explain how it’s reinventing online advertising with its global ad platform built on privacy. Check out Brendan Eich’s showfloor...

AMA with Ben Livshits

AMA with Ben Livshits Welcome to the thirteenth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is an eight-month-long event that features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams. The goal of the series is twofold: to give fans of...

Memory Savings in Brave: 33% to 66% memory reduction over Chrome

Memory Savings in Brave: 33% to 66% memory reduction over Chrome This research was conducted by Dr. Andrius Aucinas, performance researcher at Brave, and Dr. Ben Livshits, Brave’s Chief Scientist. We are continuing our series of posts evaluating Brave browser’s...

Blockchain MarTech Industry Grows by 1,218% in 18 months

Blockchain MarTech Industry Grows by 1,218% in 18 months Never Stop Marketing Research and Brave Software Collaborate to Help Enterprise Marketers Harness Blockchain Potential Rapidly New York and San Francisco, February 13, 2019 —- Never Stop Marketing...

Script Blocking Exceptions Update

Script Blocking Exceptions Update We have received many questions about script blocking exceptions being reported by several news outlets and blogs. This conversation is about script loading, not tracking. Loading a script from an edge-cache does not track a user...

Earn Basic Attention Token, or BAT, With Coinbase Earn

Earn Basic Attention Token, or BAT, With Coinbase Earn In an effort to make BAT easier to use and easier to understand, Brave Software is working with Coinbase Earn, a product that allows users to earn utility tokens by viewing and completing educational tasks. $5...

AMA with Joel Reis and Sergey Zhukovsky

AMA with Joel Reis and Sergey Zhukovsky Welcome to the twelfth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is a seven-month-long event that features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams. The goal of the series is twofold: to...

Cheddar Partnership

Cheddar Partnership CHEDDAR AND BRAVE PARTNER TO OFFERPREMIUM CHEDDAR CONTENT TO BRAVE BROWSER USERS NEW YORK, NY and SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 29th, 2019 –  Cheddar, the leading post-cable news, media, and entertainment company, and Brave Software, an innovative...

Brave alerts the FTC about two major problems in digital media & services markets

Big tech companies “cross-use” user data from one part of their business to prop up others. This hurts innovation & choice. The FTC must investigate. Plus, the GDPR is emerging as a defacto international standard. Whether this helps or harms United States firms will be determined by whether the United States enacts and actively enforces robust federal privacy laws.

AMA with Tom Lowenthal

AMA with Tom Lowenthal Welcome to the eleventh post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is a seven-month-long event that features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams. The goal of the series is twofold: to give fans of the...