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.

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 browser combined with a blockchain-based...

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.

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 that the product provides the most vital...

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 40under40 Awards. Winners of the 2019 40UNDER40 Award presented by...

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 content leads to...

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, man-in-the-middle, and other threats of...

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 Linux can choose to view privacy-preserving Brave Ads by...

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 the Web while blocking...

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 between devices running the Brave browser. Brave...

BATCommunity.org Now Live

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

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 interview with Mobile World Live for...

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 million, denominated in BAT, is being designated for this...

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 privacy browser...

Brave Previews Opt-in Ads in Desktop Browser Developer Channel

New online advertising model upends current systemwith 70% revenue share to users and privacy by design Today we’re previewing our new digital advertising model in Brave’s Developer channel. Developers and testers using the latest desktop browser build for macOS and...

Brave Rewards Update

Brave Rewards is our anonymous donation system integrated directly into the Brave desktop browser. It is accessible to users from the URL bar via the BAT (Basic Attention Token) logo, and though off by default, can be easily switched on with the slider. Publishers and...

Brave Software Joins AdLedger

Non-Profit Blockchain Consortium Unites Industry-LeadingTechnology Companies To Reform The Future Of Digital Advertising New York, NY — December 19, 2018 — AdLedger, the non-profit research and development consortium building and implementing the...

SpeedReader: Fast and Private Reader Mode for the Web

This post is an abbreviated version of this report, based on research conducted at Brave by Andrius Aucinas (Performance Researcher), Peter Snyder (Privacy Researcher), and Dr. Ben Livshits (Chief Scientist), as well as by Mohammad Ghasemisharif (Ph.D student in...

AMA with Sampson

Welcome to the sixth 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 project an opportunity to...

AMA with Yan Zhu

Welcome to the fifth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is a six-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 project an opportunity to...

New Brave Browser Release Available for General Download on Brave.com

Redesigned Chromium-based desktop version replaces previous Muon-based browser and delivers 22% faster load time Starting today, users who download a new version of the Brave desktop browser from the Brave website will be presented with Brave’s latest browser release,...

The New Brave is 22% Faster

Newly Redesigned Chromium-Based Brave Browser Has 22% Faster Load Time than Brave Muon Version, on Average This research was conducted by Andrius Aucinas, performance researcher at Brave, and Dr. Ben Livshits, Brave’s Chief Scientist. Back in March we announced the...

AMA with David Temkin

Welcome to the fourth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is a six-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 project an opportunity to...

AMA with Johnny Ryan

Welcome to the third post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is a six-month long event that features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams. The goal of the series, which will run until January 2019, is twofold: to give fans...

Few Realize “Private Mode” Is Not Really Private

Few Realize “Private Mode” Is Not Really Private Preliminary results of a user study   This ongoing research is being conducted by Ruba Abu-Salma, a Ph.D student in Computer Science from University College London (UCL), and Brave’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Ben...

AMA with Brian Bondy

On August 16th, the BAT Community successfully kicked off an AMA (Ask Me Anything!) series with CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich. The series, scheduled to run from August 2018 through January 2019, features several different guests from the Brave team every month and...

AMA with Brendan Eich

On August 16th, BAT Community hosted the first in an upcoming series of AMAs (Ask Me Anything!) with Brendan Eich in the r/BATProject subreddit. Over the course of the AMA, Brendan answered a mix of pre-submitted and live questions from Redditors about Brave and the...

Understanding Redirection-Based Tracking

This blog post describes ongoing work conducted at Brave by Peter Snyder and Ben Livshits. It is the third in a series of research-oriented posts that share both present investigations and future vision. We are constantly looking to improve and automate the privacy...

Brave Browser iOS App Now Offers DuckDuckGo Search in Private Tabs

We recently partnered with DuckDuckGo to improve privacy on the web by integrating a new DuckDuckGo search feature within Private Tabs in Brave’s desktop browser. We’re excited to announce that this feature is now available to Brave iOS (version 1.6.3) users to give...

Brave Proposes a Machine Learning Approach for Ad Blocking

This week, Brave unveiled new research that is under submission to an upcoming conference regarding how to improve and automate ad blocking with AdGraph, a graph-based machine learning approach for detecting ads and trackers on a given web page.

Twitch Support

Today we’re announcing that Twitch streamers can earn revenue in connection with the Brave browser. As part of our commitment to Twitch, we have added up to an additional $1 million to our referral program for creators.

Let’s Encrypt Sponsorship

Why Supporting Let’s Encrypt Matters… …and Why Brave Integrates HTTPS Upgrades Today Brave is proud to announce its corporate sponsorship of Let’s Encrypt, a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA). Let’s Encrypt is a service provided by the Internet...

Multi-property Support Now Live for Brave-verified Creators

As part of our effort to make the Basic Attention Token platform even more efficient and easy to use for our thousands of verified sites and content creators, we recently upgraded our Publishers website to allow a single publisher account to manage multiple properties.

Brave Announces $1 Million Crypto-Token Giveaway

Update: All of the tokens in this giveaway have been allocated and/or claimed. Please check back in later for more promotions.   Today we’re excited to announce the launch of our $1M BAT giveaway so our users can support their favorite sites and content creators....

Update: Brave Browser and BAT Achievements in 2017 and Goals for 2018

We would like to take a moment to thank all of our users and supporters for an amazing 2017, and we look forward to welcoming what is sure to be an exciting 2018. As such, we thought it appropriate to share some of what we achieved together in the past year and what...

An Inside Look at Brave Development

Welcome to the first edition of our development blog detailing the progression of work being done at Brave Software. As the engineer tasked with Linux packaging and Linux Widevine support at Brave, my position encapsulates the writing of our Linux desktop packages and...

Brave and DuckDuckGo Partner to Improve Privacy on the Web

Private Search in Private Browser Tabs Gives Users Unmatched Online Privacy Brave and DuckDuckGo are thrilled to announce a partnership today to radically improve Internet privacy. Standard browsing and search compromise user data.  To combat this, we’ve integrated...

Brave Grants 300,000 Promotional Tokens to Browser Users

Brave Giving Away ~5 USD Grants in Tokens Per User on First Come, Time-Limited Basis Today we’re announcing a limited time promotion that grants Brave browser users utility tokens that can be contributed directly to their favorite sites and YouTube channels. Brave...

Funding your Brave Wallet

With the recent announcement that Brave Wallets can now be used to support your favorite YouTube Creators (as well as bloggers, and more), there have been a few questions about how a user funds their wallet. It is our aim to make that process clear in this short...

Brave expands Basic Attention Token platform to YouTube

YouTube creators can now earn BAT for their content With today’s release of Brave browser 0.19.95 for the desktop, audiences can use the Brave Payments system to reward their favorite YouTube creators with Basic Attention Tokens (BAT).   YouTube viewers can either...

Tips and Tricks for Brave on Your Phone

Brave Browser for Android Passes One Million Downloads; New Brave iOS 1.5 Now Available, with Support for iPhone X Tips and Tricks for Brave on Your Phone Brave on Android recently exceeded one million downloads in the Google Play store. The app design provides easy...

ETHWaterloo Hackathon: Integrating MetaMask into Brave

This past weekend, a few members of our engineering team packed up and traveled to Waterloo, Ontario, to join 100 teams (over 400 developers from 32 countries) at ETHWaterloo, the world’s largest Ethereum hackathon. The 36-hour event, from October 13 to 15, was...

BAT Mercury Launch

Today we’re pleased to announce that the first phase of BAT Mercury is complete, four and half months after our token sale. BAT integration into Brave 0.19 makes the Brave browser the first application on the BAT platform. The Brave Payments system (which anonymously...

Unpublishing Link Bubble

Today we are unpublishing Link Bubble from the Google Play Store. To our loyal Link Bubble users, rest assured: if you have installed Link Bubble, you can continue to use it. The code will remain open source, so you can build, customize, and install it if you like....

Loading Chrome Extensions in Brave

*This post is outdated. To find the most recent guide for using extensions in Brave, visit this page.Brave appeared on the scene last year and was quick to make a name for itself. Out of the box, Brave users enjoy fewer ads and trackers online. Brave also includes...

Introducing Brave Payments

As part of our 0.11.6 release of Brave for desktop today, we are pleased to announce the beta version of Brave Payments, our Bitcoin-based micropayments system that can automatically and privately pay your favorite websites. For the first time in the history of web...

#BeBraveDay

We’ve been busy at Brave building a solution designed to give users and publishers the fair deal they deserve on the Web. Today we’re releasing our 0.9 developer version, which delivers what thousands have been asking for: the beginning of support for...

Brave’s Response to the NAA: A Better Deal for Publishers

The NAA has sent a letter to Brave Software filled with false assertions, indicating that they have fundamentally misunderstood Brave. Here are a few misconceptions we’d like to clear up: Brave is not, as the NAA asserts, “replac[ing] publishers’ ads on the...