A Long List of Ways Brave Goes Beyond Other Browsers to Protect Your Privacy

Brave's integrated privacy features automatically shield you - no need to download extensions or configure your browser.

Our goal at Brave is to build a browser that allows you to browse the Web, without giving up your privacy or needing to install additional tools, putting you in charge of your data. We’re also building new tools to fund the Web, and including privacy-respecting ways you can support the sites and creators you visit.

While many browsers and tools aim to improve Web privacy, Brave has the strongest protections by far of any popular browser or extension. This post gives a brief overview of privacy protections in Brave, and what makes them uniquely protective.

Only Brave blocks all ads and trackers by default

By default, Brave blocks tracking, and advertising-related-tracking, scripts and resources. Brave applies filter lists from the EasyList and EasyPrivacy projects, the excellent uBlock Origin project, in addition to Brave generated lists. We also fund and support the maintenance of tracking-protection lists, to help support the privacy community. By pulling from many different tracking protection lists, Brave blocks more unwanted advertising and tracking resources than any other browser.

Fingerprint Randomization

By default, Brave protects you from browser-fingerprinting-based tracking by randomizing your fingerprint, providing very strong protections against tracking. While some browsers attempt to make your browser look similar to other browsers (a defense technique that depends on the type and popularity of sites you visit), Brave takes a fundamentally different approach, where Brave intentionally 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 across sessions.

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

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Blocking all Third-Party Storage

Unique from any other popular browser, Brave blocks both third-party cookies and third-party storage (e.g., storage in iframes) by default. Other privacy-focused browsers block third-party cookies but allow third-party storage, or only block third-party storage for a small number of sites, or “partition” third-party storage. While these approaches can help limit tracking, Brave’s approach of blocking third-party storage provides stronger protections than any other browser.

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Less Phoning Home than other Browsers

Whenever you start-up your browser, the browser needs to check with its server for updates or other new information. Brave goes to great lengths to both limit how often the Brave Browser communicates with Brave servers. Recent research found Brave to have the most privacy-preserving network communication with its “backend servers”, of all popular web browsers. Similarly, Brave performs fewer network calls, to fewer servers, when starting up, than any other popular browser.

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Improving Privacy in Chromium

Brave is built on top of the excellent open-source Chromium project, the same browser engine that also powers Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Edge browser, among others. While the Chromium base is an excellent foundation for a web browser, there are lots of ways we feel it is not privacy-protecting enough by default. Brave’s goal is to protect users’ privacy by making many changes (and subtractions) from default Chromium, including disabling or removing privacy-harming Chromium features, proxying communication with Google services through Brave servers, and reimplementing sync to be encrypted client-side and never touch Google’s servers. All of these changes help prevent Google from tracking your browsing behavior.

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Query Parameter Filtering

Many trackers use query parameters to try and circumvent browser privacy protections. Brave by default removes known-tracking-related query parameters from URLs while you browse, keeping you one step ahead of trackers online. While some other browsers include some limited protections against these kinds of tracking attempts, Brave alone protects you against a large-and-growing list trackers in all cases.

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For Advanced Users

Above we’ve described unique, privacy-protecting features Brave enables by default. Brave also includes optional features you can enable to further protect your privacy, such as:

  • Tor Tabs: Prevent sites from learning your IP address by opening a New Private Window with Tor and browsing with the protections of the Tor network.
  • Social Media Blocking: If you don’t want to load or see Facebook, Twitter or Google logins, you can easily turn them off in Brave too!
  • Regional Filter Lists: You can block even more trackers by enabling regional filter lists too.
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