By the looks of it, Google may have to pull up its socks when it comes to providing a superior search experience that doesn’t take users’ privacy lightly and where their search results don’t go for a toss. Brave, an independent private search engine that is user-first and privacy-focused is all set to enter the big bad world of web. Currently in preview and testing phase, Brave’s intent is as clear as the sky is blue: to outclass Google by indexing more pages while respecting and maintaining user privacy and being transparent in its approach. All this, while giving its publishers proper content attribution.
Just how Private Brave is for its users?
An official statement from Brave reads “Brave Search does not track you, your searches, or your clicks; it’s impossible for Brave to disclose any information about you to anyone.” As of now, Brave doesn’t show any ads, but in future it may change. But in a manner that doesn’t violate or compromise users’ privacy in any way. “Any future ads we may support will be anonymized (like all other Brave ads), and will not influence ranking. In the future, we will also offer paid ad-free search.” But at its core, Brave establishes and reaffirms itself as a non-tracking alternative to Google Search.
How is Brave’s ranking algorithm different than Google’s?
Brave is using its own proprietary ranking algorithm to rank content on its search engine. In a published statement, Brave says, “Brave Search will not use secret methods or algorithms to bias or censor results. It will use anonymous community contributions to refine, and community-created alternative ranking models to ensure diversity.” Having said that, Brave also allows users to see search results from Google, which is now almost a habitual response, by enabling a, so called ‘Backfill’ function.
Brave puts control back in your hands!
How? And Brave takes quite the pride in it, as they rightly should.
- Brave blocks all data-grabbing ads and trackers and softwares that try to identify you and allows you to browse freely, and safely.
- Brave, by doing all of the above, allows you to browse at warp speed. They claim to be 6 times faster than Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, both on desktop as well as mobile.
- Brave allows you to browse much more privately with Tor, which hides your location from the sites you visit routing and rerouting your browsing through several server. It HIDES your history in the purest form of the word.
- Brave’s web browser comes integrated with IPFS, a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol deliberated to make the whole experience of web browsing faster and safer.
Who are the Bravehearts behind Brave?
Just how good is Brave Search?
Because Brave is still in its testing phase, it would not be fair to pass a verdict just yet. However, if early reports are to be believed, the search results have been spot on, while beautifully managing to provide then in an orderly, uncluttered fashion. That may also be so because Brave is currently not showing any advertisements in the search results. And that being said, as touted and intended, Brave certainly appears to be better than other search engines. Here is what some biggies had to say about the experience that is Brave Search. As far as a proper, full-fledged review is concerned, we guess that may still be some time later.