Why I use the Brave browser

Update 2020-11-12: The Brave referral program is winding down. If you downloaded Brave from my referral link, thank you!

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Update 2020-08-23: The BAT payout has dropped significantly in the last two months, even though my usage/behavior has not changed. YMMV.

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Update 2020-06-30: I am still very happy with Brave, which I use everywhere (including in lieu of apps like Twitter and Facebook). If you care about your online privacy, downloading and using the Brave browser is the least you should do.

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First off, a disclosure: If you use my referral link to download the Brave browser, I will receive a small amount of BAT as a reward (until 2020-11-23, at which point the Brave referral program gets discontinued). But this is not why I write this. I write this because I got tired of giving the individual spiel to friends and family, the spiel being that there’s no reason to not use Brave, or at least to not give it a try.

My Brave home page

My Brave home page

I have been using Brave since its public beta in 2016 — long before the referral system was in place — although I didn’t make it my default browser until the 1.0 release in late 2019. Brave is now the default browser on all but one of my devices. Here’s why:

  1. Brave is like Chrome without the Google trackers. Brave blocks all third-party ads and trackers, which makes it faster and protects user privacy.
  2. Brave is based on the open-source Chromium — just like Chrome, Edge, Opera, Samsung browser.
  3. Brave comes with its own built-in cryptocurrency token — the Basic Attention Token (BAT).
  4. Brave gives users the option to view privacy-respecting ads, for which users receive BAT. 
  5. Web publishers can receive BAT tips from Brave users, which is an easy, seamless way to reward the websites you like. This blog and my Twitter are Brave-verified publishers.

Some Google services (like Google Translate) do not yet work with Brave. I still use Chrome for all Google services like Gmail and Drive and Docs — they require a Google account, so blocking trackers there is pointless. For everything else I use Brave.

Between ads and tips, last month I received 136.9 BAT (about $22.78). What is BAT good for? You can save it, or you can spend it. You can tip your favorite web publisher. You can convert it to other crypto denominations like Bitcoin, Ether, or XRP. You can convert it to US dollars and buy stuff with it (I tipped a web publisher and bought two ebooks from Amazon).

You are sitting at home, bored out of your mind, with time to burn. How about you try something different? Come on, jump in!

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