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This Privacy-conscious Browser Prevents Websites From Tracking You Even Better Than Chrome Does

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This Privacy-conscious Browser Prevents Websites From Tracking You Even Better Than Chrome Does

No one wants to leak their private information as they browse the web. Chrome, Safari, Firefox and other popular browsers can help keep your data away from prying eyes. The caveat, however, is that securing those browsers means setting up a few security-minded extensions or tweaking privacy settings in preferences. There is one browser — with its own privacy-focused search engine — that takes the setup and fiddling out of the process, going all-in on guarding your data.

Out of the box, Brave browser blocks trackers and third-party cookies that monitor your activity as you travel across the web. But the browser also gives you control over what you do and don’t want to be blocked — from ads and cookies to Facebook and Google login buttons.

The maker of the unusual Brave browser said it understands that its strict blocking policy has a consequence for websites: You don’t see ads that help support the creation of website content. To compensate content creators, Brave takes a clever approach that allows you to make anonymous contributions to websites you visit. Publishers then receive the contributions in the form of cryptocurrencies once they opt into the system. Or you can allow ads and tracking in Brave’s settings if you can’t be bothered. But the cost of being tracked is losing control of your privacy.

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