Brave browser offers to boost your online search privacy
A partnership with search engine DuckDuckGo means private-mode searches can become more private.
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Private browsing, also known as incognito in
Chrome browser, is a special browser mode that doesn't leave traces of your browsing history on your computer. But Brave Software says searches with DuckDuckGo will help keep your personal behavior details from leaking out onto websites, too.
"A lot of people think their searches aren't tracked in private browsing mode. Unfortunately, that's not true," DuckDuckGo Chief Executive Gabriel Weinberg said in a statement. DuckDuckGo doesn't collect any private information, though, he said.
A new version of Brave for personal computers will offer you the option of switching your default search engine to DuckDuckGo for private tabs. Google is the default today for both private and ordinary tabs. Brave plans to bring the feature to mobile versions of its browser in the first quarter of 2018.
Privacy has been an issue for decades on the internet, but usually not an issue that riles most of us up. That could change, though, as online
learn to pry more, to fingerprint us by our browser characteristics, and as browsers make more of an effort to shield us from what can be seen as abusive behavior.
Brave is a small player compared with rivals like Google Chrome,
Still, even a small player could help DuckDuckGo. The more people use a search engine, the more opportunities it has to show ads and the more likely advertisers are to sign up to show them. DuckDuckGo will pay Brave a portion of search revenue, Brave said.