We’ve been learning about the free and private Brave browser this week.
In part 1 of our series, we learned how to download and install. You can click here if you want to read that article.
In part 2, we took a tour of the basic browser layout. Click here to read that.
Today we’ll explore more options. Let’s start by clicking the three-line menu icon at the right of the browser window. Your first two options are a new tap or to open an entirely new window for Brave.
Open a New private window and brave won’t record your activity in your history and any cookies you accept will disappear when the window is closed.
For more privacy, choose New private window with Tor.
When you do this, your browsing won’t be visible to anyone, including your Internet service provider, the sites you’re visiting, or the admins of network you’re using. For example, your employer wouldn’t be able to access the information.
Your next options are to view your browsing history or to sync your bookmarks and history between the Brave browser on different devices.
Crypto Wallets is where you can store virtual currency like Bitcoin. Brave Rewards is a program that allows you to accumulate cryptocurrency by watching ads and then share it with the creators of websites you enjoy.
You can also bookmark a tab or access your bookmarks manager from here. If you didn’t import bookmarks and settings from other browsers at the time of installation, you can choose to do it by clicking on Import bookmarks in this menu.
You can choose to create a profile for using Brave or to open a Guest Window that allows someone else to use Brave on your device. You can also zoom in or out by clicking on the + or – signs.
Click Print to print the page. Click find to search for text on an open web page.
You’ll see the number of times it appears on the page.
And the word will be highlighted.
Click on More tools and you’ll see an option to save the page. This just gets you a file of html code and text, so I wouldn’t use this option with the idea of keeping something permanently that you wanted to read or view. More useful is Create shortcut. This allows you to create a shortcut to the page you’re viewing.
Name the shortcut and click Create.
The shortcut will appear in your bookmarks bar.
This menu is also where you can clear the cache and your browsing history or manage extensions. We’ll look at extensions for Brave in another article.
In the next part of this series, we’ll explore Brave Settings.