Research Paper: Privacy and Security Issues in Web 3.0

Sep 21, 2021

We at Brave Research just published a technical report called “Privacy and Security Issues in Web 3.0” on arXiv. This blog post summarizes our findings and puts them in perspective for Brave users.

Accurately Predicting Ad Blocker Savings

Oct 21, 2019

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.

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

Feb 15, 2019

In this post we demonstrate that Brave’s privacy benefits from ad-blocking go hand-in-hand with performance improvements. Specifically, a well-implemented ad blocker can deliver 33% to 66% memory savings or 500 MB to as much as 1.9 GB across just 10 pages open in a single session.

French regulator shows deep flaws in IAB’s consent framework and RTB

Nov 20, 2018

French regulator's decision against Vectaury confirms that IAB “Transparency & Consent Framework” does not obtain valid consent, and illustrates how even tiny adtech companies can unlawfully gather millions of people’s personal data from the online advertising “real time bidding system” (RTB). 

Understanding Redirection-Based Tracking

Aug 10, 2018

In this post we aimed to share some interesting and promising, albeit preliminary, results we’ve had for measuring redirection-based tracking online.

The Mounting Cost of Stale Ad Blocking Rules

Jul 18, 2018

We are constantly looking to improve and automate the accuracy and speed of ad blocking built into Brave, and our previous post outlined a machine learning approach to ad blocking.


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