Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. The browser blocks ads and website trackers. The company has proposed adopting a pay-to-surf business model in a future version of the browser.
Brave allows users to support the sites they visit with BAT. Users may earn BAT by watching ads or by funding their BAT wallet. Users are paid 70% of the revenue they generate. The remaining 30% is split between Brave and the advertisement’s publisher
Brave is developed by Brave Software, which was founded on May 28, 2015, by CEO Brendan Eich and CTO Brian Bondy. On January 20, 2016, Brave Software launched the first version of Brave with an ad blocking feature, and announced plans for a privacy ad feature and a revenue sharing program.
In June 2018, Brave released a pay-to-surf test version of the browser. This version of Brave is preloaded with approximately 250 ads, and sends a detailed log of the user’s browsing activity to Brave for the short-term purpose of testing this functionality. Brave announced that expanded trials will follow. Later that month, Brave added support for Tor in its desktop browser’s private browsing mode. In December, of the same year, Brave called for a boycott of Google because of its advertising practices.