Brave, which came out of beta last fall, is a browser of a special kind. The Chromium-based browser is aggressive against advertisements and removes websites from their advertisements, while users can choose their own anonymised advertisements. It is also very open in promoting user privacy.
Deal with trackers
Brave offers a wide range of security settings that can be customized based on your concerns and the balance between privacy and convenience.
It uses a feature called Shields to block most ads and the trackers they contain. The tool blocks third-party trackers and all ads that use third-party trackers by default, and makes browser detection more difficult. You can manually block cookies or first-party ads.
Adjust your tracking settings
To customize your Shields settings:
- Go to your settings page. You can access it by clicking the gear icon at the bottom right of the new tab, or by clicking the three-line icon in the top right corner and clicking Settings. Choose shields.
- There are two types of default settings available on the Shields page: Simple View and Advanced View. These regulate what you see when you click on the lion symbol to the right of the address bar.
- Here you can also switch "Block cross-site trackers" on or off, block scripts and adapt your cookie settings to "Block cross-site cookies only", "Block all cookies" or "Allow all cookies".
- Now if you want to see what types of trackers are blocked or allowed on a particular site, or if you want to change your settings for that site, all you have to do is click on the lion icon to get an informative dropdown window.
- If you choose Simple View, the number of blocked trackers is displayed. You can also turn off shields (if this causes problems with the site you are on). In the expanded view, you can also see whether scripts have been blocked or click on "Cross-site tracker blocked" to display a list of the individual trackers blocked by Brave.
- You can use the links at the bottom of the drop-down window to switch between simple and expanded view or to change your global shield standards.
The process of fine-tuning your cookie settings is very similar to Chrome's, as Brave is also a Chromium-based browser:
- Go to Settings and click on "Additional Settings" in the left or middle menu.
- Select "Privacy and Security". Find and select "Site Settings" from the middle menu.
- Click on "Cookies and Site Data".
- Click the "Add" button next to "Allow" or "Block" to specify which websites cookies should always be saved or prevented in your browser.
- Toggle the switch next to "Clear cookies and site data when you quit Brave" to clear cookies and other data every time you close your browser.
- Click on "Show all cookies and site data" for more detailed information. To delete cookies by site, click the trash can icon next to the site name. To view individual cookies, click the arrow next to the site name. You can then delete these cookies by clicking on the "X" next to each cookie.
Clean up your cookies
You can also delete your cookies together with other browser data:
- Go to Settings> Privacy and Security.
- Click on "Clear browsing data".
- A smaller window with three options opens. With "Basic" and "Advanced" you can delete data that is currently stored in your browser, while with "On exit" you can specify what you want to delete each time you finish browsing.
- Select either "Basic" or "Advanced" from the "Time Range" drop-down menu. Make sure the box next to "Cookies and other site data" is checked, then click "Clear Data".
- Under "On Exit", select "Cookies and other site data" and then click Save. You can also delete other data when exiting, e.g. B. Your download and browser history.
Fingerprint and ad blocker
Protection against fingerprints is part of the Brave Toolbox and can be adjusted in the expanded view using the Shields function. Called device detection, there are three modes you can use. The default setting is "Cross-location device detection blocked," which Brave says only allows first-party attempts to fingerprint. "Device discovery attempts blocked" stops all fingerprint attempts (which can cause problems with some websites), while "All device discovery attempts allowed" basically allows everything.
While Brave automatically blocks third-party ads by default, Brave has also created its own ad strategy by offering so-called Brave ads that appear as push notifications that you can interact with or close. When you view one of these ads, you will receive a token that you can use to reward publishers and content creators according to the instructions on the website.
If you'd like to participate, you can sign up for Brave Ads by clicking the three-line menu in the upper right corner and then clicking "Brave Rewards".
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