Brave Browser is a free and open source web browser built on Chromium and its Blink engine. Brave blocks ads and website trackers by default, and is currently available on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. After using the browser on both mobile and desktop for over a year now, we at Cryptotips feel comfortable providing a formal recommendation; here are ten reasons to switch to Brave browser.

1) Free ad, tracker, and script blocking
All ads, website trackers, and peripheral background scripts are blocked by default. Users can watch YouTube without a single ad, browse their favorite websites without any ads whatsoever, and even circumvent paywalls.

2) Brave rewards
Brave reinvents online advertising by allowing users to opt-in to an acceptable ads model, earning a share of advertising revenue for doing so. Rather than ad revenue being mostly consumed by the entity serving the ad (Facebook, Instagram) the vast majority of ad revenue is split between the publisher and user. Brave rewards are set to ship with Brave 1.0 release by end of Fall.

3) Faster Browsing
As a result of blocking ads and tracking scripts by default, Brave loads major news sites 2 to 8 times faster than Chrome/Safari on mobile and 2 times faster than Chrome on desktop. Check out the speed test below.

4) Privacy
Brave's servers neither see nor store your browsing data – it stays private, on your devices, until you delete it. They pledge to not sell your data to third parties, and only provide macro demographic data to advertisers, preventing digital fingerprinting or retargeting.

Brave's private tabs integrate Tor into the browser, providing users with a new browsing mode that helps protect their privacy not only on device but over the network. Private Tabs with Tor help protect Brave users from ISPs (Internet Service Providers), guest WiFi providers, and visited sites that may be watching their Internet connection or even tracking and collecting IP addresses, a device’s Internet identifier.

5) Save Time
No ads + no trackers = faster browsing = saved time. Brave provides a dashboard to remind you what the browser has done to improve your internet experience.

6) Save Money
The average mobile browser user pays as much as $23 a month in data charges to download ads and trackers — that’s $276 a year. Brave blocks ads and trackers, so you don’t pay for them.

7) Open Source
An open source ecosystem provides verifiable privacy as well as increased robustness from increased scrutiny. Developing in open source allows people from around the world to both contribute to the Brave browser and keep the team honest to their promises of privacy.

8) Superior Security
Whenever possible, Brave automatically upgrades to HTTPS for secure, encrypted communications when an ordinary browser would use an insecure connection. Default settings also have anti-phishing, malware, and malvertising measures in place.

9) Proven Team of Builders
Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and co-founder of the Mozilla foundation, is assembling a cast of superheroes to disrupt online advertising by creating a user-first browser.

10) Directly Support Publishers
Support your favorite sites with micropayments. Brave features blockchain-based tokens which can be used to reward content creators.

Once Brave 1.0 ships in the next few weeks with features including extensions, cross-platform syncing, opt-in ads, and brave rewards on mobile, we predict that Brave will solidify itself as the best and only browser you'll need for the foreseeable future.

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