What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #11: Debouncing

This is the eleventh post in an ongoing, regular series describing new privacy features in Brave. This post describes work done by Senior Software Engineer Mark Pilgrim and Filter List Engineer Ryan Brown, and was written by Director of Privacy Peter Snyder.

WebStandards@Brave #5: Encrypting DNS Zone Transfers

Brave, along with a team of DNS experts from the industry and open source communities, recently helped publish an IETF standard (RFC 9103) to fix a long-standing privacy and security hole in the DNS.

Research Paper: Privacy and Security Issues in Web 3.0

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.

AMA with Peter Snyder

The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features guests from the Brave/BAT team. The most recent AMA took place on August 18th with Peter Snyder, Senior Privacy Researcher and Director of Privacy at Brave.

Why Brave Disables FLoC

Brave opposes FLoC, a recent Google proposal that would have your browser share your browsing behavior and interests by default with every site and advertiser with which you interact.

Comparing the Network Behavior of Popular Browsers on First-Run

You can learn quite a bit about a browser from observing the requests it makes in its first moments with a new user profile. Often, a cursory examination will tell you a great deal about how the browser thinks about, and handles, user privacy and security.

Brave Private Content Delivery Network

Brave is a company where privacy isn’t just a feature; it’s a requirement. This is perhaps most obvious in the Brave Browser, where we block trackers, prevent fingerprinting, and include a privacy-preserving, opt-in and user-first ad-system, but Brave’s focus on privacy goes far beyond the browser.

How we Choose and Rank Content in Brave Today

We’re using Brave’s new private CDN to fetch RSS feeds anonymously and the browser’s personalization capabilities to rank headlines with a simple algorithm that will make the experience interesting for everyone.

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately #5: Grab Bag

In order to stay one step ahead of online trackers, Brave regularly releases new privacy features and improvements. This post discusses three recent changes in Brave that each help make the web a more privacy, and person, respecting platform.

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...

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, 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...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Brave Previews Opt-in Ads in Desktop Browser Developer Channel

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...

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

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). 

AMA with Sampson

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...

AMA with Yan Zhu

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...

AMA with David Temkin

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...

AMA with Johnny Ryan

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...

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

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...

AMA with Brendan Eich

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...

Understanding Redirection-Based Tracking

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...

Brave Browser iOS App Now Offers DuckDuckGo Search in Private Tabs

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...

Into the Blockchain: Brave with MetaMask

Into the Blockchain: Brave with MetaMask The decentralized web is there for exploring. Trails are being blazed with decentralized applications built on the Ethereum blockchain, with the MetaMask extension providing a bridge to explore and handle decentralized...

The Mounting Cost of Stale Ad Blocking Rules

The Mounting Cost of Stale Ad Blocking Rules This blog post describes ongoing work conducted at Brave by Antoine Vastel, Peter Snyder, and Ben Livshits. It is the second in a series of research-oriented posts that share both present investigations and future vision....

Their connection, your data.

Their connection, your data. Why should users care about privacy, and protecting their data from being collected and sold by third parties? To put it simply, your digital data trail is the evidence of your human presence online. Your data is valuable, private, and...

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

Brave’s Response to the NAA: A Better Deal for Publishers The following post contains early plans for, and descriptions of, the Brave Publisher Ads program. Publishers were expected to earn no less than 55% of ad revenue for participating in this program. This...

How Brave Works for You

How Brave Works for You The following post contains early plans for, and descriptions of, the Brave Publisher Ads program. Publishers were expected to earn no less than 55% of ad revenue for participating in this program. This program has not yet launched for...