Use this web browser if your privacy really worries you

Do you really know who is watching you on the Web?

Angela Lang / CNET

Nobody wants to expose your private information while browsing the Web. Large browsers like Chrome or Firefox can help you block your data and keep them away from prying eyes. But protecting your browser may require configuring some security extensions or playing with the privacy settings in the preferences menu. Now, a new browser is eliminating that configuration and processes and promises an experience that protects you and your information at all times.

Called Brave, this browser blocks trackers (trackers) Y cookies from third parties that control your activity as you browse the Web. But the browser gives you control over what you want and don't want to be blocked, from ads and cookies Up to Facebook and Google login buttons.

The creators of Brave say they understand that their strict blocking policy has a consequence for Web sites: you don't see ads that help support the creation of Web site content. To compensate the creators of content, Brave adopts an intelligent approach that allows you to make anonymous contribution to the websites you visit. The publishers then receive the contributions in the form of cryptocurrencies once they enter the system. Or, you can't allow ads and tracking in Brave settings if you don't mind. But the cost of being tracked is losing control of your privacy.

Available for download for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS, the Brave browser is built on the same bases as Chrome, which means that Brave can use Chrome extensions. In fact, when you click on 'find extensions and themes' in the Brave settings, it will take you to the Chrome Web Store to search for extensions and themes for the browser.

Next, we tell you how to set up Brave and make contributions to websites and content creators.

Brave blocks trackers either from the desktop or from the mobile.


Control what Brave should block

By default Brave blocks all ads, trackers, cookies from third parties (that track you through the Web through social buttons on a page) and third-party fingerprints (which track you when creating a unique profile of you using your browser and your computer settings). You can, however, adjust how rigid Brave is when it comes to protecting yourself.

one. From the Brave menu click onpreferences.

two. In the configuration on the left, chooseShields.

3. Through the emerging mens to the right of Ad control, Cookie control YFingerprinting protection, choose the level of protection you want.

Four. Click on Social media blocking to control if you want to allow Google and Facebook buttons or insert tweets and LinkedIn posts.

5. If you want more detailed control, under additional settings, clickPrivacy and security

6. Here you can adjust controls as a predictive service and automatic search and URL filling.

In the preferences menu you can choose the level of privacy you want.


Collaborate with websites and content creators

Brave's restrictive approach comes with a cost: Web sites don't earn money for their work. As a way to contribute to the websites you visit without being tracked, Brave developed Brave rewards, a program that allows you to win tokens (or tokens) when viewing the selected Brave ads, which in turn automatically contribute cryptocurrency revenue to the sites you visit. This is what you must do to join the Brave rewards program.

one. Click on the hamburger type menu (three parallel lines) on the right side of the menu and choose Brave Rewards.

two. Click onYes, I'm In.

3. On the Brave Rewards page, you can configure and adjust your participation in the program

  • For ads, you can adjust how many ads you want to see per hour.
  • For automatic contributions, you can control how much you want to contribute each month and set a minimum threshold for the time you spend on a page before the site is rewarded with a contribution.

Four.In addition to winning tokens Through your activities on the Web, you can add your own cryptocurrency to your account to contribute to the sites.

Setting up your rewards program.


Synchronize your bookmarks on all your devices

Brave has a synchronization tool that allows you to manage your bookmarks in the desktop and mobile versions of the browser. Eye: this is still in beta, so you need to do a couple of things to configure it. But if you don't mind fiddling with this, it's a practical way to synchronize your bookmarks.

one. Click on the hamburger menu in the upper right and choose Sync (or sync).

two. Click on a new oneSync Chain and choose if you want to sync to a mobile or a desktop device.

3.If you choose Computer, you will see a series of words that Brave calls the Chain Sync Code. Go to the desktop device you want to sync with, navigate to Brave sync settings, click I have a sync code and enter the chain sync code from the first device.

Four. If you choose Phone / Tablet, see a QR code. On your phone or tablet, navigate to the sync settings, tap the buttonScan Sync Code to scan the QR code on the first device.