Brave is the brainchild of Brendan Eich (co-founder of the Mozilla Project). It’s a ultra secure, open source web browser that is based upon Chromium/Blink engine, and it aims to block website trackers and remove intrusive internet ads. In doing so, it will replace them with ads that are sold by Eich's company.
The browser also aims to improve your online privacy by sharing less data with ad customers. It does this by targeting web ads via an analysis of users' (anonymous) browsing history. Brave opts to retain 15% of ad revenue for itself, pay content publishers 55%, ad partners 15% and, (this is the good bit) give 15% to the browser’s users’. You, the user, can then donate to bloggers and or other web content providers through a micropayment system.
Brave has been designed specifically to block ads and trackers, which slow your browsing speed down, spend your bandwidth, and try to access your private data. The developers want to show tailored, clean ads, in order to help fund website owners and other Brave users alike.
Brave does come with a few handy security tools built-in to help protect your privacy. For instance, by integrating HTTPS Everywhere, Brave ensures your connections to websites are always the securest they can be. The browser also blocks tracking pixels and tracking cookies, and you also can set your default search engine to Duck Duck Go, instead of Alphabet’s standard engine.
Overall, Brave is a really quick web browser that has a crisp, trimmed down interface, which is really easy to use, and joy to navigate the web with. Upon testing, we were able to navigate to our favourite websites in hardly any time at all, with no glitches in sight. The security tools are first rate, and the fact you can help out developers by giving back to the community is real bonus feature. All in all, Brave is definitely a browser to check out.
Optimized sites storage into separate entities to avoid filtering when rendering.
Optimized UI to render less often and render faster.
Optimized startup time with Bloodhound improvements.
Optimized size of the storage that is passed via IPC for rendering by removing 'data:' URLs.
Optimized tab rendering by using intersectionObserver.
Optimized smooth transitions for tab components.
Optimized syncing to a profile with 6000+ bookmarks so it doesn't freeze the browser temporarily.
Optimized rendering of new windows to not appear white for as long.
Optimized clicking entries on about:history to not be laggy.
Optimized selecting subfolders on the bookmark bar which have many entries can be laggy.
Optimized verified site caching.
Added encrypting cookies in Brave storage.
Added the ability to import encrypted cookies from Chrome.
Added fingerprinting protection to distinguish between first and third party.
Added tray progress bars for downloaded items.
Added visual indicator for two-finger swipe gesture on macOS.
Added swipe navigation sensitivity setting for macOS.
Added cascading of new windows so they don't appear on top of each other.
Added the ability to have multiple channels with different icons and side-by-side installation paths.
Added dynamically building for Brave payments monthly amounts dropdown.
Added privacy risk warning for WebTorrent users.
Added English (U.K.) to browser language list.
Added the ability to customize how the timing around tab previews works.
Added the ability to disable promotions.
Added findx as a Search Provider.
Added accelerator keys for new session tab menu entries.
Added preserving z-index of windows when restoring from a previous session.
Added preserving position of windows when restoring from a previous session.
Added preserving height of windows when restoring from a previous session.
Added preserving maximized state when restoring from a previous session.
Added extension inspectors.)
Added option to close pinned tab via context menu.
Changed to hard-coded search engine favicons.
Changed to not show loading icon for about pages.
Changed title mode UI to not allow emoji.
Changed tabs to no longer allow emoji.
Changed padding on pinned tabs.
Changed restart notification to be a global notification bar.
Changed buttons on messageBox to be grouped.
Changed UPDATE_HOST to point to brave.com cname.
Changed autofill country field into a dropdown list.
Changed switch order to be the same as on the bravery shield panel and the preference page.
Changed Yes/No buttons to Allow/Deny for easier understanding.
Changed position of language setting under advanced tab.
Chnaged fading effect b/w tabs feels like flickering.
Changed tab preview to not show unless the mouse velocity is low enough.
Fixed redundant suggestions in URL bar.
Fixed PDFJS CORS error when PDF is loaded directly.
Fixed crash that can sometimes happen when Brave is closing.
Fixed disabling hardware acceleration causing startup problems.
Fixed cosmetics for CoinMarketCap empty blocked ad elements.
Fixed BAT client now sends user-agent to grant server.
Fixed disabling auto-include publisher causes existing publishers to be excluded.
Fixed Brave wallet address and QR code which could contain different values.
Fixed wallet recovery file prompt to be displayed.
Fixed mute item could be missing in the context menu.
Fixed intermittent audio indicator not being shown.
Fixed mute on tab's context menu should change to unmute before switching tabs.
Fixed app icon not displaying on Linux.
Fixed compact shields panel close button not work properly.
Fixed active tab flicker on hover.
Fixed tabs not automatically resized until mousing over them when closed with a keyboard shortcut.
Fixed tabs growing too large or too small when closing, until mouseout.
Fixed not being able to delete / use backspace in homepage field in preferences.
Fixed bookmark exporting not working in several cases.
Fixed bookmark can't move to a subfolder.
Fixed bug where bookmark name updates when you view page source.
Fixed Bookmarks not fitting in the bookmark bar.
Fixed bookmarks overflow indicator sometimes disappearing.
Fixed users behind multiple releases could get preview releases (Windows only, will take effect next update).
Fixed Brave cannot load PDFs with JS PDF reader in session tabs.
Fixed Brave UA whitelist to apply to all page resources, not just top level.
Fixed tab close icon missing for the active tab on Windows.
Fixed about:history omitting recent history.
Fixed line break not being recognized in alert window.
Fixed speedtest.net beta not loading.
Fixed deleting history entries would not remove from the 'History' menu.