Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Get Brave

If you aren't already using it as your main browser, you'd better at least get accustomed to it given Big Tech's assault on internet freedom:

Brave, one of the most secure and fastest browsers, has now taken crucial steps in extending its support to a decentralized web. Brave is now going to offer native integration with a peer-to-peer networking protocol and is the first mainstream browser to do.

The browser makes use of the IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) technology to improve upon the existing HTTP protocol, while also increasing the speed of accessing content. Generally speaking, HTTP obtains information from a central server. But IPFS, however, obtains information from a network of distributed nodes.

Simply put, using IPFS is more or less like downloading from BitTorrent instead of downloading from a central server. So each time you access a website from Brave browser, the website content is obtained from various distributed nodes.

IPFS not only helps lower server costs for website owners and content publishers but also helps make web content more immune to censorship, promoting internet freedom.

Brave has already been offering early support of IPFS since 2018; but with the latest 1.19 version, users can now use IPFS directly. URLs must either be started with ipfs:// instead of http:// or a “full IPFS node in one click” must be installed.



Blogger Galahad78 January 20, 2021 5:38 AM  

I recently started using it again as my main browser, as per your advice. I also created a ProtonMail account and I'm trying to use Gmail as little as possible (goal is to leave as a spam container only). I'm open to more suggestions on this regards from people more savvy of these privacity issues.

Blogger Rattlesnake_Kid January 20, 2021 5:47 AM  

Brave is also great for developers as it handles web apps in the same manner as chrome/firefox/edge in nearly all use cases, which is very convenient. Still some differences with Safari, but Apple always has to have fancy pants.

Blogger wahr01 January 20, 2021 5:57 AM  

I want to know how IPFS does not expose those who use it to liability under child pornography possession laws, which were enacted without the understanding of data fragmentation, caching, or other user-inaccessible ephemeral storage.

Blogger Jamin990 January 20, 2021 5:59 AM  

Anything that helps protect us from the deep state's efforts to maintain a stranglehold on data, and therefore perceived truth, is a big help.

Blogger WeArePerseus January 20, 2021 6:05 AM  

Yes, I have got Brave recently.I was wondering what people's view of
It is founded by Sir Tim Berners Lee and is purported to insulated against Big tech censorship etc. I will be reading up on it and I'll share my understanding.
In advance of that do an devs see immediate red flags with regard to privacy etc?
What are your thoughts?

Blogger Jon January 20, 2021 6:06 AM  

Brave rocks, they even give you money for ads

Blogger Fletch January 20, 2021 6:16 AM  

IPFS is a game changer for decentralization. I was really excited about IPFS, and spent a bit of time with it, but realized that the network and protocol lacked a critical mass of usage to really test it and the software for it. If Brave can keep it without security breeches (running sandboxed in a browser should be relatively safe), then turning on browser based IPFS node will let your grandma host her personal blog/twitter. Those "services" could be browser add-ons/extensions. This really is a game changer if enough people will spin up nodes rather than leech.

Blogger RBD January 20, 2021 6:20 AM  

The answer to all "but what if blogspot bans your account" comments.

Blogger Rocklea Marina January 20, 2021 6:21 AM  

I'd been using firefox the last few months, as it is the only browser that wasn't screen tearing on fullscreen video, after a flash update that didn't agree with my system.

Saw the post on SG and thought, why not? Ran an update; never put updates on auto, wait for the bugs to be ironed out; installed IPFS and viola! The screen tear is gone too.

Blogger The Last Roman January 20, 2021 6:54 AM  

Do you guys know if there is a good web-page, or other source, where we can find out which apps and sites are trustworthy?

Blogger Mirk Wood January 20, 2021 6:57 AM

Brave, based or botnet?

Brave is the best browser for privacy seeking normies also.

this is not a sponsored message

Blogger AJ Popo January 20, 2021 6:57 AM  

Is there an add on to give it a menu bar at the top?

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 20, 2021 7:01 AM  

Last time I dabbled with Brave, it had a nice incognito mode that also used Tor. It was interesting to see how websites "treat" you when using such features.
There's something viscerally exciting when addressing decentralized concepts, peer to peer, and server less technologies. It's like when a certain lady friend uses the word "heretic". It rustles the jimmies.

Blogger MartinW January 20, 2021 7:08 AM  

Could it be that Brave is BrowserGalactic? That lion on a shield icon does echo the venetian mask. Did you guys make your own browser?

Blogger Dex January 20, 2021 7:13 AM  

I've been using Brave for a couple weeks now and it is way better than Firefox

Blogger carry_bit January 20, 2021 7:14 AM  

wahr01 wrote:I want to know how IPFS does not expose those who use it to liability

You only store data that you've requested (until your cache is purged manually or automatically) or explicitly pinned, so it's better at least than other systems that host content you didn't request.

Blogger Benzega January 20, 2021 7:27 AM  

Brave is #1. Brenden Eich (the creator of Javascript and co-founder of Mozilla) is a co-founder. Brave is in good hands and here to stay.

Blogger Joel Raúl Villegas January 20, 2021 7:32 AM  

I have to thank you Vox for the recommendation you made about Brave. I was getting tired of the SJW direction taken by Mozilla. Since you recommended it I am using it and I have no complaints, the adaptation is almost frictionless.

Blogger FrankNorman January 20, 2021 8:08 AM  

Posting this with Brave. Do I get a cookie?

Blogger travvyboy January 20, 2021 8:09 AM  

Wow that is awesome

Blogger Professor Branestawm January 20, 2021 8:16 AM  

To AJ POPO - If you mean - Can I put the TABS below the URL BAR, the answer is NO! - It used to be an option in Brave but not any longer (users have been requesting it for years to no avail).

I believe the only browsers that let you do this are VIVALDI and FIREFOX (FF needs manual config in the profile folder it's not a checkbox in the options)

Blogger Professor Branestawm January 20, 2021 8:26 AM  

Sorry AJ I misunderstood your question, you meant the [File - EDIT - VIEW....] menu. Again the answer is no. This was a change made to the underlying Chromium code, not a decision Brave implemented.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 20, 2021 8:45 AM  

That's good to hear. I started tinkering with IPFS a couple years ago. It was still a little rough, but has been improving. A quick intro: files are addressed by content, not by location. So instead of a URL, which means "the file with this name in this directory on this server," you have a hash which means "the file which matches this statistically unique hash."

The difficult part is that, since you don't have a location to get it from, you have to "discover" the file by asking your neighbors if they have it, and they ask their neighbors, etc., until a source is found, and then you pull it from there. This can take a lot longer than the centralized URL system, or fail completely, if the data is obscure. But as someone said, a critical mass of users will ramp up the responsiveness of the system, as the more people who have a piece of content, the faster your browser will find and get it.

There's nothing magical about the current web that makes things easy to find. That functionality is provided by people putting links in files and search engine spiders walking through and cataloging those links. The same thing will happen with IPFS as more is published on it.

It's exciting stuff. The Internet of the 90s was a move away from the proprietary, centralized systems of AOL, Compuserve, and others, toward a decentralized system where anyone whose software followed a set of open protocols could participate and share information. The last 15 years have been a return to a closed, corporate system of Facebook, Twitter, and others, only built on top of the Internet so they didn't have to maintain networks of their own, allowing them to make billions instead of millions this time. It's time to go back and forward.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants January 20, 2021 8:47 AM  

Get a Tor browser & Ricochet for private messaging, as well.
Do not use FB messenger, Twitter DMs, Instagram messenging, Whatsapp,YouTube, Discord, Telegram, etc.
Ricochet is encrypted & auto deletes messages.
Some ppl are promoting Signal. Jack Dorsey is one of them, so I'll never trust that.
No one is promoting Ricochet.

Blogger Darren January 20, 2021 9:36 AM  

@WeArePerseus :forehead slap: *Thank* you! I was thinking about this the other day, "INTERNET 2.0" by Tim Berners Lee et al, I just could not remember the name of it. "Solid" hopefully now takes off, amongst censorship and privacy hacks/leaks...

Blogger Newscaper312 January 20, 2021 10:16 AM  

I'm not so sure.
Sir Tim talks about privacy... But then he also talks about "hate".

Blogger Sillon January 20, 2021 10:19 AM  

I tried Brave a while back and the main problem I found was the lack of proxy support (types of), the latest version fixes all of that.


Anonymous Anonymous January 20, 2021 10:22 AM  

I've been using Brave for about a year, perhaps more. I use Tor as well for other things.

I thought everyone was using both now?

Anyone has have info on Protonmail? They aslo offer a free limited VPN service.

Blogger The Deuce January 20, 2021 10:42 AM  


I'd also like to recommend PreSearch ( for your consideration as a decentralized - and thus basically unconvergable and indestructible once fully implemented - alternative to Google.

Blogger Matt Robison January 20, 2021 10:51 AM  

Continually impressed with how Brave is improving.

Blogger Kevin C. McCarthy January 20, 2021 11:06 AM  

Hopefully Brave makes it a little easier for "normies" by changing the protocol to something like httpi:// rather than ipfs://. I think that would be the most effective, but then again ipfs still needs to gain significant adoption, so perhaps that will come in time.

Blogger Seeingsights January 20, 2021 11:21 AM  

Interesting comments in support of Brave at Instapundit:

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 20, 2021 5:56 PM  

Had been using palemoon, but sounds like a good time to diversify.

Blogger Blujkts January 20, 2021 6:02 PM  


Blogger TR Moe January 20, 2021 6:04 PM  

Can anybody provide with a comprehensive guide to the dark web? It seems that’s the easiest work around for censorship, no?

Blogger Quiet Poetic January 20, 2021 6:12 PM  

i like brave, just doesn't work well with videos. maybe im doing something wrong with it.

Blogger Clobber January 21, 2021 9:12 PM  

Hated Firefox. Thought it was my device slowing me down. Switched to Brave. Its not the device, damn this is so much faster! I tell everyone about it now.

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