Brave: Helping Protect Your Privacy & Fund Content Online
Spend a few minutes online - and it’s hard to not notice the ads all around you - even if you’re using an adblocker. Many websites you go to are in some way funded by advertising dollars. Over the years these ads have become more and more invasive, both on the screen and to our privacy. They even slow down the sites we visit - they can take up to 50% of page load times. There are cookies trying to build a profile on you and trackers that follow your habits - enter Brave. Brave is an internet browser that blocks all ads and fights for privacy online. It’s also 2x faster on desktop and up to 7x on mobile. Brave recently started allowing you to contribute to the sites you visit most. They did an initial coin offering, ICO, which created tokens (a type of cryptocurrency) called BAT (Basic Attention Token) that could be used to pay content creators. My guest this week is Yan - who is the Chief Information Security Officer at Brave.