Veröffentlicht: 07.06.2020

Brave gets under pressure – Does the browser use hidden affiliates?

Brave in the critique

The idea behind the Brave Browser comes from none other than Brendan Eich, inventor of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla and Firefox. Again and again users see the privacy friendly browser as a valuable alternative to the “broken web”. But now a veritable wave of criticism of BAT is breaking out. We take a look at what is happening.

Automatic filling of affiliate links provides “shitstorm

After research by an observant user, it became public that the Brave Browser automatically fills in an affiliate link in the address bar when users want to access the well-known Binance.US stock market site. After this news was made public, it didn’t take long for the first users to express their displeasure on Twitter and Co.

Statement Brendan Eich

Brave CEO Brendan Eich made the following statement in a first statement: “The autocomplete default was inspired by search query clientid attribution that all browsers do, but unlike keyword queries, a typed-in URL should go to the domain named, without any additions. Sorry for this mistake — we are clearly not perfect, but we correct course quickly.”

Brave as browser of the future?

Besides the current negative headlines, the Brave project has often caused a sensation in the past. Reason enough to take a closer look at the browser.

What is Brave?

The 37-page whitepaper explains the advantages of the Brave Browser. The open source browser is part of the BAT ecosystem and stands for a new way of marketing digital advertising. The triangular relationship between the user, the advertisers and the developers of a website is supposed to be more transparent and performance efficient due to the decentralized system.

Digital advertising completely different

Advertising is a limiting factor for many Internet users. Worldwide, there are more than half a billion add blockers on users’ end devices, and the trend is rising. On average, each user downloads more than 2000 adds and trackers daily, which slows down the speed of the end devices extremely. Brave wants to reduce the number of ads significantly and make them more useful. To protect privacy, Brave also allows a link to the anonymous TOR browser. Chrome users in particular will quickly find their way around when switching, as the Brave browser is based on the same Chromium engine and contains most extensions.

Basic Attention Token as means of payment

With the help of the ERC-20 based crypto currency BAT, the user in the Brave Ecosystem can therefore decide for himself which advertisement is displayed to him. By watching an advertisement he can earn rewards in the form of BAT tokens. These will be transferred to the BAT wallet every month. The operators of a website will also receive more BAT as the number of hits increases. Thus, all parties benefit from this system, except for unwanted “third-party” add trackers. A further incentive is that the user can actively earn BAT through his serving behaviour on the Internet. The more he uses the Brave Browser, the more rewards he can earn.

Brave course in detail

At the time of this article, the Basic Attention Token (BAT) ranks at position 31 in the crypto charts at a rate of approximately USD 0.23. An all-time high of 0.98 USD implies the enormous potential behind the crypto currency.

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