Download and install Brave Browser

You know that I’m always encouraging you to install multiple browsers on your PC in case you come across a website that doesn’t work well in one or the other. I’m also a fan of trying out lesser-known browsers.  Many of them offer great features.  I’ve mentioned the Brave browser before, but I thought I’d take a closer look at it by showing you how to download and install and taking you on a basic tour.  Let’s get started.

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Start by going to Brave.com.  Scroll down to learn how the browser works. Brave offers private browsing and also allows you to reward your favorite websites with BATs (Brave Attention Tokens) if the site creators are enrolled in the rewards program.  There are even private ads placed on some pages that you can choose to view when it’s convenient for you. Brave is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems and also for your Android or Apple Mobile device.

If you decide to download, start by picking your operating system and clicking the download button. In this tech tip, I’ll show you how to download and install on Windows 11,

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You’ll probably need to give permission for the file to install. Once you download the setup file, you can click on it in downloads to begin the installation.

The download and setup time was very quick.

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You’ll have the option to set Brave as your default browser, or you can hit Skip.

Your first option will be to import bookmarks and settings from other browsers that you use. Select the browser from the menu.

Brave’s own search engine is the default, but if you can change to another if you prefer. Click Settings at the bottom right.

Then select Search engine.

Choose between Brave, Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and other options.

Click Appearance and then Brave colors to go with a light or dark theme for Brave. Or you can have it match the system settings on your device.

Click Brave shields work. Shields are the name for your security settings. By default, they are high on this browser. Some sites might have an issue displaying.

Next, you can choose to enable Brave Rewards. Brave rewards allow you to accumulate tokens by viewing certain ads. You can then give those tokens to the people who create websites you enjoy visiting or to cash in for gift cards  You don’t have to enable rewards to use Brave and you can always come back and do it later. 

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