Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has decided to stop using the popular Google Chrome web browser in favour of the Brave browser.
The Brave browser is an open source web browser based on Chromium with support for MacOS, Windows, Linux, and IOS. It is also free to use.
Its aim is to remove intrusive third-party advertisements and trackers by giving users control over which advertisements they see.
Users of the Brave browser can earn themselves Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) for engaging with advertisements they opt-in to see.
Larry Sanger recently updated his blog outlining how he will be “locking down” his cyber-life. Sanger details how he recently had his phone hacked and his Google ID reset.
Sanger also discusses how in an ever-growing technological world, many hackers are utilising methods “beyond the reckoning of us”.
Another issue Sanger has is with tech giants such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Apple, which he views as “deeply intrusive”.
The only solution he can determine is to “stop participating” and “kick the tech giants” out of his life.
Sanger has now decided to stop using the Google Chrome browser because it collects “massive amounts of information from us via their browser”.
Sanger has turned to the Brave browser as an alternative to Chrome.
The Brave browser appeals to him because it “automatically blocks ads, trackers, third-party cookies, encrypts your connections – and, unlike Google, they don’t have a profile about you”.
This should come as positive news for the Brave team, as having the co-founder of Wikipedia backing the browser should help bring more awareness to the project.