Brave Browser: An Alternative To Google’s Chrome And Search Engine

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As Brave acquires Tailcat search engine technology, it will become the first major alternative to Google’s Chrome browser plus Google search engine. All of Google’s products track you like a bloodhound chasing a racoon. Brave will not track you, will not filter or manipulate your search results and will not sell your data to the highest bidder.

Most importantly, Brave is “open source” software, meaning that anyone can see, analyze and test the code to ensure it does what the developers say it does. Google refuses to release even one line of its code.

Brave will block all tracking cookies, give complete ad-blocking if desired, will collect no personalized user data and has a in-built password manager. For multiple devices using Brave, there is a sync feature that will seamlessly transfer bookmarks and passwords using end-to-end encryption.

Brave is available on all mobile, tablet and desktop operating systems. Until Tailcat is released in final form, which is expected soon, I have set as Brave’s default browser. Until Tailcat becomes available, this is a very workable solution and it is measurably faster than Chrome plus Google search.

In short, Brave has come of age and it’s time to help it grow bigger.

My immediate recommendation is to install Brave on all your computing devices and dump Chrome and Google Search for good. ⁃ TN Editor

Today Brave announced the acquisition of Tailcat, the open search engine developed by the team formerly responsible for the privacy search and browser products at Cliqz, a holding of Hubert Burda Media. Tailcat will become the foundation of Brave Search. Brave Search and the Brave browser constitute the industry’s first independent, privacy-preserving alternative to Google Chrome and Google Search, which rely on tracking users across sites and have 70 percent and 92 percent market share, respectively.

Under the hood, nearly all of today’s search engines are either built by, or rely on, results from Big Tech companies. In contrast, the Tailcat search engine is built on top of a completely independent index, capable of delivering the quality people expect, but without compromising their privacy. Tailcat does not collect IP addresses or use personally identifiable information to improve search results.

Brave Search will join the family of privacy-preserving Brave products as consumers are increasingly demanding user-first alternatives to Big Tech. The Brave browser saw unprecedented growth in 2021, reaching over 25 million monthly active users. This mirrored the impressive migration to Signal, the privacy messaging platform, after WhatsApp announced a change to their privacy policies requiring data-sharing with Facebook.

Privacy is becoming mainstream. The Brave browser provides the stringent protections users demand, and Brave Search is being developed according to the same principles:

  1. Brave Search is private: it does not track or profile users.
  2. Brave Search is user-first: Brave serves the user first, not the advertising and data industries.
  3. Brave Search offers choice: We will provide options for ad-free paid search and ad-supported search. We are working on bringing private ads to search, as we’ve done for Brave user ads.
  4. Brave Search is independent: We will rely on anonymized contributions from the community to improve and refine Brave Search. Prior to this innovation, producing quality results could be achieved only by Big Tech companies, which took many years and tens of billions of dollars to crawl the entire Web continually.
  5. Brave Search is transparent: we will not use secret methods or algorithms to bias results. We will explore multiple community-curated open ranking models to ensure diversity, and prevent algorithmic biases and outright censorship.
  6. Brave Search is seamless: we will offer best-in-class integration between the browser and search without compromising privacy, from personalization to instant results as the user types.
  7. Brave Search is open: we do not believe in walled gardens and, as such, we will offer Brave Search to power other search engines.

With Brave Search, users can choose a default search engine that works seamlessly with the Brave browser to provide a complete privacy-respecting experience. Brave will also explore blockchain-based options and new developments, including for e-commerce uses.

“Brave has grown significantly over the past year, from 11 million monthly active users to over 25 million. We expect to see even greater demand for Brave in 2021 as more and more users demand real privacy solutions to escape Big Tech’s invasive practices,” said Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave Software. “Brave’s mission is to put the user first, and integrating privacy-preserving search into our platform is a necessary step to ensure that user privacy is not plundered to fuel the surveillance economy.”

“We are very happy that our technology is being used at Brave and that, as a result, a genuine, privacy-friendly alternative to Google is being created in the core web functions of browsing and searching,” added Paul-Bernhard Kallen, CEO of Hubert Burda Media. “As a Brave stakeholder we will continue to be involved in this exciting project.”

“The only way to counter Big Tech with its bad habit of collecting personal data is to develop a robust, independent, and privacy-preserving search engine that delivers the quality users have come to expect. People should not be forced to choose between privacy and quality,” said Dr. Josep M. Pujol, head of the Tailcat project. “The team is excited to be working on the only real private search/browser alternative to Big Tech available on the market.”

Brave already offers a privacy-preserving ad platform with Brave Ads, which has delivered nearly 3,000 private ad campaigns in 200 countries with major advertisers such as Verizon, The Home Depot, The New York Times, Progressive Insurance, Chipotle, PayPal, Amazon, Harry’s Razors, CBS, and KIND Snacks. Brave recently launched a privacy-preserving news reader, Brave Today, as well as a Firewall+VPN service, and is testing Brave Together, a privacy-preserving video-conferencing service. With the addition of privacy-preserving search, Brave is further expanding its browser into a super app to give users the control they deserve over their online experience.

Users interested in testing Brave Search can sign up via the waitlist at

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Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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michael burns

But it will sell your data and is available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS, which it ‘must’ comply with — it leak data like a sieve and DNS leakage is a big problem. Brave will not collect donations for you — content creators have their donations kept by Brave and they feel its their right to do so… With Google honoring 90% of the searches on the Internet, and 50% of those searches are in the top four ranking position and 95% on the first page in the first eight ranks, where do you think Brave gets its… Read more »

Joel Walbert

although payment is needed, Brave offers an integrated firewall and VPN. And like all things, you get what you pay for. As for search engine, not all use Google indexing. Many un-Googled engines available. As for the rest of what you are claiming, could you possibly provide some sources? I am not saying you are wrong, but have used Brave for years and this is the first I am hearing anything of the sort.

Joel Walbert

I was questioning the claims made in the comment above. I am more than happy with Brave and have not once heard anything of the sort that he is alleging And since some of what he said is innacurate, I question the other accusations. Side note, watched your interview with Dr Mercola back when it was released. Extremely informative.


Brave is just another Trojan Horse. They have done some clever things to avoid easily connecting them and their data-gathering to Google and others. There is NO browser out there that actually offers privacy and security, because they are all for free. If it’s free, YOU are the product. Brave makes money off your use of its browser, and does not actually offer the safety or security etc. that it claims. Just avoid the web altogether. Sites like this one are great examples of why we should avoid the internet– it’s a shill for the very Technocracy it claims to… Read more »

Rob Polans


Rob Polans

Is there a way to use Brave as a browser, the way I do gmail. I’m trying to get away from google entirely. At present I use

Steve Billiter

I use Brave browser with Duck and it performs well–much better than Chrome.


Dissenter by Gab is ALSO an excellent choice for privacy as far as browsers go. I now have both Brave and Dissenter on my computer. I only use IE or Waterfox for very limited reasons.


I have been using Brave for sometime now has a great feature the Lion Sheild can deactivate any website that you feel is safe to use. With DuckDuckGo I feel that’s acting more like Google Search Engine its hard to find information that has been either Classified as Conspiracy Theory or Disinformation esp with Climate Change, 5G, Terrain Theory and Covid 19 Plandemic and using China’s regime to control it. Will Brave allow searches from the other side of the Narratives and Mandates? I am using Onion Browser that’s also hard to navigate through and still unable to also find… Read more »


Now that DuckDuckGo has said that it will be censoring results there isn’t another viable alternative