This is no surprise, given how big tech companies treat user data and privacy. Besides, browser security is essential if you want to stay safe on the Internet.
However, if you are new Brave user (op.a. you should definitely give it a shot!), you might want to know how to make the most of it. Therefore, here is a list of tips and tricks to further improve your privacy and security that will not affect the performance of the web browser itself.
1. Strengthen “Brave Shields”
If you have been an existing Brave user for a long time, then you know that the feature “Shields” what makes this browser great, because it blocks Internet tracking, ads, then “fingerprint” or engl. “fingerprints” and transfers all links to HTTPS protocol.
The default settings offer great protection and privacy, but improving them can be a good idea, especially if for some reason you find yourself in a suspicious place or on a “public” network.
You can easily access Shields by clicking the Brave icon in the address bar. Or for a more detailed view type brave://settings/shields in the URL bar and press Enter.
Here you can enable or disable the so-called “shields” and set the browser to aggressively blocks tracking i advertisementsforce it to block all scripts and cookies and enable advanced fingerprint protection.
Note that some pages may not load or function properly if blocking is too aggressive.
2. Configure privacy and security settings
In addition to improving protection through the Shields option, you should also configure privacy and security settings.
To do this, press the three small bars in the upper right corner, select Settings (Settings) from the drop-down menu, then go to Privacy & Security (Privacy and security). Alternatively, you can just type brave://settings/privacy in the URL bar and press Enter.
In this part of the web browser, you can adjust the settings as you see fit. For example, you can go to Cookies (Cookies) and other website data and “force” Brave to automatically delete all cookies when you close the window or you can ensure that the browser sends a “Do Not Track” (“Do Not Track“) request with your Internet traffic.
Brave collects very little data from its users, but sends telemetry information to its servers. If you are not comfortable with that, you can turn off the “Allow privacy-preserving product analytics (P3A)” i “Automatically send daily usage ping to Brave” and solve that “problem” as well.
And to adjust permissions (location, camera, microphone, etc.) and change their settings, just scroll down a bit and click ”Site and Shields Settings”.
3. Block social networks
User data they were once described on the Internet as “the oil of the 21st century”. They have become a valuable commodity for companies, so it is no wonder that our data is aggressively collected and resold.
The worst “offenders” in this sense are social networks, but there are many other valid reasons to avoid them. Fortunately, Brave makes it very easy with its feature blocking of social networks.
To access this feature, scroll down to the section “Blocking social networks” in the settings menu or type brave://settings/socialBlocking in the URL bar and press Enter.
Here you can block login buttons and posts from Google, Facebook, Twitter i LinkedIna. If you turn them off, you will not see such (embedded) posts anywhere on the web.
4. Use Brave’s private window with a Tor connection
Brave is a pretty unique web browser for many reasons, one of which is the fact that you can access Toru using it—just click “A new private window with Tor” in the main menu bar or press Alt+Shift+N on the keyboard.
Torshort for The Onion Router, is an open-source privacy project that anonymizes your Internet traffic by routing it through a network of hard-to-trace nodes. We have already written about Tor, so we will not go into details.
By accessing the Internet through Brave’s Tor window, you will hide your IP address from the websites you visit and make it difficult for your ISP to see what you are doing on the Internet. The downside is that Brave will seem sluggish and run significantly slower than usual as your traffic passes through many nodes in the Tor network. It’s nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s the “price you have to pay” if you want to use this technology.
Technically, you can also use Brave to access and browse the deep web, but we highly recommend using the official one instead Tor Browser (like Brave, Tor Browser is completely free).
5. Add extensions
Although Brave has many great and useful features, adding extension aimed at privacy i safety can further enhance your Brave experience.
Brave is based on Chromium, which means you can add almost any extension you use in Chrome. So feel free to visit Chrome Web Store and install any extension you want.
The question is – which Brave extensions should you consider for increased privacy and security?
First of all, J2TEAM Security. This extension blocks malware, phishing and scam websites, making it a great addition to your web browser. Also, you can consider installing it FlowCrypta, which adds PGP encryption to Gmail. Both extensions are free, very easy to use, and will certainly add another layer of security to Brave.
Apart from these two, you can also try uBlock Origin or a similar ad-blocking extension if you’re not satisfied with the performance of Brave’s built-in ad-blocking feature.
It’s always a good idea to research the extensions you’re interested in as some have major security issues. In addition, note that the addition too many extensions can slow down the browser.
In any case, you can check which extensions you have installed by clicking on the “small puzzle” icon in the upper right corner and selecting “Manage Extensions” (Manage extensions) from the drop-down menu.
Get the most out of Brave
Switching from one web browser to another is never easy. Regardless of how similar all browsers are, our fingers (and brains) like what they know, so switching is rarely “painless”.
However, switching from mainstream browsers to Brave is the right step, however you look at it. It’s a lock safer, more private i faster than most browsers on the market. In addition, with small adjustments, you can significantly improve your security and privacy, and thus your overall experience of using the same.
If you set Brave Shields, adjust your security settings, block social networking sites, add handy extensions, and use Tor when necessary, you’re likely to stay safe while preserving your privacy. That’s hard to say for other web browsers.
Written by: Boris Plavljanić