Out of all of the alternative browsers, the Brave browser has likely garnered the most interest among people looking for something besides Chrome or Firefox. Now, Brave has officially release 1.0 version of their Chromium based variant.
Brave is a privacy respecting browser that offers a built in ad blocker, password manager with local syncing, integrated torrent downloader, and a way to pay creators via crypto directly thru the browser.
Unfortunately, the 1.0 release doesn’t come with any interesting features. Looking at the change log it appears to only make incremental improvements to speed, some graphical tweaks, and a few bug fixes. However, the team behind the browser must feel that it’s finally at a stable (non-beta) state.
Personally, I’ve used Brave since shortly after its initial release and since then they have made significant strides. Not only that, they are dedicated to privacy and security in a tech landscape known for abusing your privacy. On their official release announcement the CEO of Brave, Brendan Eich, put it this way:
“Either we all accept the $330 billion ad-tech industry treating us as their products, exploiting our data, piling on more data breaches and privacy scandals, and starving publishers of revenue; or we reject the surveillance economy and replace it with something better that works for everyone. That’s the inspiration behind Brave”
If you’d like to try out the browser you can download Brave here.