Brave Shields

Default protection. On every web page you visit.

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Protection against online tracking

Brave Shields block the stuff that follows you online, across every page you visit. Trackers. Cross-site cookies. Phishing. Fingerprinting. And more.
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Default protection, no set up required

Shields mean out-of-the-box protection. No extra downloads, no settings to configure. Just download Brave, and start browsing. Privately. Securely.
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See Shields in action

With Shields, you can see all the creepy stuff that Brave blocked. Just click the Brave Shields icon in the address bar of any page to find out.
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Privacy you can control

By default, Brave Shields are on for every site you visit. See a site that looks broken? You can easily turn Shields on / off. No more toggling between browsers.
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A long list of what Shields can do

By default, Brave has the strongest privacy protections of any popular browser. And Shields are a core part of that protection. Here’s a long list of what they can do:

Block third-party ads & trackers

Cookie partitioning

Fingerprint randomization

Phishing protections

  • Brave can alert you if the site you’re trying to visit shows evidence of phishing, malware, or other bad intent.


  • To start, Brave applies filter lists from the EasyList and EasyPrivacy projects, the uBlock Origin project, and lists Brave has generated internally. By pulling from many different tracking protection lists, Brave blocks more unwanted trackers and resources than any other popular browser. Brave also funds and supports the maintenance of tracking-protection lists to support the privacy community. And we apply system-wide protections to prevent trackers from tracking you, even in cases where the tracker doesn’t appear on a list.
  • Your digital fingerprint is the unique set of data points (like your graphics hardware, audio hardware, device type, and more) that, when combined, could help identify you online. By default, Brave protects you from tracking based on your browser fingerprint, by randomizing that fingerprint. The Brave browser makes you look different to every site, each time you restart the browser. This prevents sites from using fingerprinting to track you across sites or even from one online session to another.

    You can test these protections yourself with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Cover Your Tracks fingerprinting tool.

  • Brave blocks both third-party cookies and third-party storage (e.g. storage in iframes) by default; some other privacy-focused browsers do, too. What’s unique about Brave is the lifetime of the partitioned storage (i.e. that it’s “ephemeral”). Brave’s approach limits tracking, and provides much stronger protections than any other browser.
  • Yes. But know that with Shields down, some of the privacy protections of Brave will be disabled. If you see a site that’s not working, first verify that the site is trusted before putting Shields down.

    If you still want to disable Shields, click the Brave Shields icon icon in the address bar and turn Shields off. If the site then works as expected, click the “Report a broken site” button so our developers can investigate and try to fix the broken functionality for other users.

    Note that toggling Shields off will only disable for the particular site you’re viewing. Shields will still be up for other sites you visit.

  • Standard is the Brave default. It applies the blocking and filtering approaches that the browser thinks provide the best privacy for the most users.

    The Aggressive option, by contrast, applies an even greater number of protections, even if that means an increased risk of breaking sites.

    Learn more, and see a detailed tabular view of the differences.