Browse Faster, Safer and Ad-Free with Brave

Brave, a web browser for a better internet

One of the newest and most exciting tools in the bitcoin space is not really known as a bitcoin tool but rather as an ad-blocking web browser. What separates this browser from others is that it has a built in payment mechanism that allow both users and content creators to earn bitcoin from ad revenue. Now everyone can browse safer, faster, ad-free and also earn bitcoin while doing it.

A Brave New World

If you aren’t paying for a service, you are not the customer. You are the product being sold. Currently, the way that most ads services (if not all ad services) work is reliant on monetizing the personal data of the end user. In order to do this, these services need as much of your personal information as possible. This is where trackers, cookies, phishing, malware and any other means to collet and mine your personal data come in to play and Brave hopes to counter this.

Block Ads & Trackers

Ad Blockers are one of the fastest growing services on the internet today. In 2016, ad blocker usage grew substantially and is expected to double by 2020. It seems pretty clear that people want more privacy, less popups, trackers, spam and unwanted ads.

While I personally don’t believe that people are using ad blockers to shave milliseconds off of web page load times, I do believe that ad blockers are playing a big part of preserving online privacy and it seems like Brave team is hoping to position themselves at the center of this.

Replace Ads

Brave is also currently working on a system that not only blocks existing “dirty” ads but also replaces them with what they call “clean” ads that aren’t privacy invasive. Brave Ad Replacements are just part of a new system called Brave Payments that I personally believe is going to change the way we consume online content.

Brave Payments

Brave has not only managed to create a tool that seamlessly increases privacy of all of their users but with the release of brave payments, they have created a tool that allows users to voluntarily pay small amounts of money to the websites that they visit the most and even earn money for browsing the web. Visit the Brave Payments FAQ page for more info on how it all works.

Brave Payments

The way that traditional ad payments work is between the ad agency and the site where the ad is displayed. This is a pretty two sided way to advertise which is why I believe Brave Payments was created.

The 4 Brave User Types

At first glance, most people probably won’t understand why Brave is such a powerful tool. To make things easier, they have provided some press content to help users better understand how they will turn traditional ad systems upside down while simultaneously increasing the revenue generated by content creators and publishers.

Who uses the Brave browser?

Donating Ad Share with Brave Ads – Andy

Some users who want to block ads are not concerned with making money from their browsing so they opt to donate their brave payments earning to the sites, publishers and content creators. This results in sites and publishers receiving 70% of revenue which is higher than most existing ad networks.

Keeping Ad Share with Brave Ads – Beth

Your attention is worth money to advertisers. This is where I personally believe that Brave changes the way that we will browse and monetize content. Brave ads enables users to get paid to browse the web by allowing them to earn a percentage of the ad revenue that they generate. Yes, this means that you can earn money for browsing the web. Think about that for a minute.

Ad-Free Browsing – Cathy

Some users do not want to see any ads at all and would rather contribute some of their own money to the sites they visit most. This type of user has the option to make a small payment with bitcoin or credit card for an ad-free browsing experience. This user sees less ads but also contributes to the sites that the visit the most.

Ad Blocking – David

The fourth and final type of browser loathes ads of any kind and as a result has opted to block any and all ads and chooses not to contribute in any way. This user just wants to browse the web with increase speed and privacy.

Do you think that Brave has the potential to change the way we consume online content? Let us know with a comment below or a tweet at @BitcoinReasons

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10 Bitcoin Privacy Enhancing Tools

Bitcoin Privacy Enhancing Tools

One of the driving forces behind bitcoin adoption is its amazing privacy features. The ability to store and transact value without your identity directly attached to your money or spending greatly increases your individual freedom and personal privacy. While not all bitcoin services and tools protect your privacy as much as others, using these 10 tools will help to increase your own privacy, the privacy of the entire bitcoin network and also increase bitcoin’s utility around the world.

Brave

Brave, a web browser for a better internet

Brave is a new privacy focused web browser that is going to change the way we browse the web as well as how publishers monetize content. Brave creates a safer browsing experience by blocking ads and trackers that violate your privacy and slow down your browsing experience. Brave also converts all http connections to https connections for more secure browsing. But Brave’s most revolutionary feature is something called Brave Payments. This allows content viewers to directly contribute to site publishers and also block ads and trackers. The end result is users seeing less ads and publishers make more money than they would if the monetize their site with Google AdSense. Brave has the potential to change the way publishers monetize their online content.

ShapeShift

Shapeshift
ShapeShift is probably one of the biggest names in the bitcoin space because it enables anyone who already accepts bitcoin to seamlessly accept all of the other cryptocurrencies without any personal information. ShapeShift is integrated into a number of services like CoinCap.io, OpenBazaar, KeepKey and others. If you don’t already use ShapeShift, you should be.

OpenBazaar

OpenBazaar is the one and only e.commerce platform of its kind. It is a distributed network which means that none of the product listings are stored on any single centralized server. This means that your listings cannot easily be censored or shut down. What makes OpenBazaar even more awesome is that you can only pay using cryptocurrency. OpenBazaar also recently integrated ShapeShift so that buyers can pay with the cryptocurrency of their choice and the seller receives bitcoin. OpenBazaar will compete with eBay, Amazon, Fiverr, UpWork and dozens of other online retail sites.

Blockonomics

Blockonomics is my personal favorite block explorer. Their landing page has a simple call to action to enter a bitcoin address or transaction ID so you can view the history of any given address or transaction. You can also use blockonomics to create invoices that are pegged to fiat currencies so if you accept payments, you do not have to worry about volatility issues because you are always invoicing in a fiat currency. In my opinion, blockonomics has potential to become one of the most useful bitcoin tools in the world.

Anonymous Ads

Have you ever wanted to put ads onto your website but the whole signup process with Google AdSense requires too much of your personal information? Well, now you can have ads on your site in a couple minutes with no usernames or logins. Anonymous Ads allows you to select an ad size and then you just paste a bitcoin address to receive payments without giving up any of your personal information. Users also have the option of creating an account if they so chose. You can create an ad in about a minute. This is what their 748×90 ad looks like:

Money Badger

Money Badger

Money Badger is a service that enables you to send bitcoin to people via phone number or e.mail address without revealing yourself as the sender. This service is primarily for incentivizing people to learn about bitcoin. You also have the option to have your funds returned in seven days if the recipient chooses not to claim them. I predict that MoneyBadger will integrate ShapeShift so that you can send any a cryptocurrency of your choice and the recipient will receive bitcoin.

RushWallet

RushWallet is a web wallet that can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection and doesn’t require any personal information. You just go to the website and move your mouse or finger around to create a random string of numbers and letters to generate your private key. Once you have done this for about 10 seconds, you have a public key which you can accept bitcoin. No app downloads, or logins. Just pure math based freedom. It is one of the best services for new users to learn about public and private keys with the least amount friction.

BitAddress

BitAddress is probably the best way to generate paper wallets in the least amount of time. Paper wallets are very important for bitcoin security because they are the least vulnerable to being hacked. Paper wallets are not stored online so hackers and cybercriminals cannot access them via the internet. This means that each paper wallet that you generate is its own little swiss bank account that can fit in your pocket.

Piper Wallet

Piper Wallet was the first hardware wallet to offer offline paper wallet creation. This simple device is just a RasperryPi computer that attaches to a printer for generating paper wallets at the push of a button. Since this computer is never connected to the internet, it is one of the most secure and private ways to make your own cold storage wallets anywhere in the world regardless of whether or not you have an internet connection.

Bread Wallet

Bread Wallet is a mobile wallet and it is without doubt the cleanest user interface in the entire bitcoin space. It does not require any personal information of any kind to send, receive or store funds. No usernames, passwords, phone numbers, e.mail addresses. Just pure bitcoin privacy on a mobile device. If you are looking for a wallet for your phone, look no further than Bread Wallet.

Do you know of some other bitcoin tools or services that increase privacy? Let us know with a comment below.

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