Change these settings to make the Brave browser even more private

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The Brave Browser presents itself as a Google Chrome Privacy-focused alternative, but its default settings aren’t the most privacy-friendly. If you must use a Chrome-based browser, Brave is definitely a better option than what Google offers, but with a few tweaks you can make it even more private.

Hide Brave Rewards

Brave Browser offers you virtual currency in exchange for viewing “privacy-respecting advertisements”. If you prefer not to watch any ads, you can hide Brave Rewards in the browser. First, remove the toolbar icon for Brave Rewards by typing brave://settings/ in the address bar. This will open the browser settings page.

Navigate to the Appearance left tab and disable Show Brave Rewards icon in address bar. (Note that Brave Rewards are disabled by default; you can double-check that the option is disabled by going to Courageous Rewards tongue.)

Fit New Tab Page

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The Brave Reneighborhood program and others sponsored content does his presence felt on the new tab page. You can change this by opening a new tab, which will open the Dashboard view, and clicking on the Personalize button down the page.

This will open a popup window called Customize the dashboard. Here you can click Background picture and disable Show sponsored images. Then click on the Cards tab, scroll down, and click on the Hide under Brave Rewards.

To finish, go to Brave Browser settings and click on New tab to the left. youUse the drop-down menu on the right to change the default new tab page from Dashboard view to any other website or a blank page.

Clearing the Cryptocurrency Clutter

Brave’s foray into cryptocurrency has been controversial, and it’s easy to avoid it altogether if you want to going to Brave Settings > Wallet.

Beside Default cryptocurrency walletto select Nothing. Then turn off Show Brave Wallet icon in toolbar to remove the clutter.

Reduce how often Brave calls home

Brave send some analytics data to its developers by default. You can stop this by going to Brave Settings > Privacy & Security and deactivation Allow privacy-preserving product analytics and Automatically send daily usage ping to Brave.

Prevent sites from asking for permission to access private data

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Websites love to annoy us with requests for access to sensitive information. You can stop some of this by going to Brave Settings > Privacy and Security > Site and Shields Settings. One by one, click on Location, Camera, Microphoneand Notice and select the option that prevents websites from asking permission to access it.

(If you’re using Brave for video calling, you shouldn’t completely ban websites asking for camera and microphone permissions.)

Then click on the Additional permissions button to reveal a much more hidden permission preferences. You can cycle through them individually and disable anything that is not necessary for you; for most people, crippling Autoplay, Motion detectorsand Ethereum That should be enough. VSConsider disabling clipboard access to keep items you copy safe from prying eyes.

Go away from Google search

Google search is not the best option to protect your privacy. Brave’s default search engine is Google, but you can change it by going to Brave Settings > Search Engine. DuckDuckGo and Startpage are good alternatives.

Block social media tracking

Finally, you can reduce subtle social media tracking by going to Brave Settings > Social Media Blocking. If you prefer to avoid using Google or Facebook credentials, disable Allow Google sign-in buttons on third-party sites and Allow Facebook Logins and Embedded Posts. And if you don’t want to see embedded tweets on any website, you can disable Allow tweets embedded in Twitter also.