A data protection professional who compared some of the most popular browsers on the market came to a clear conclusion: Brave trumps the competition. Dr. Douglas Leigth, Chair of Computer Systems at Trinity College Dublin, wrote a study Compare Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Yandex for the amount of personal information they share with back-end servers. Brave’s default configuration was by far the best.
The study reads:
“Out-of-the-box” with its default settings, Brave is by far the most private of the browsers examined. We have found no use of identifiers that allow the IP address to be tracked over time, and no disclosure of the details of websites visited with back-end servers. “
From the best to the worst
In addition, the study divides the six browsers into three different groups – from most private to very few. Brave is the only one in the first group – browsers that do not share personal information.
Brave was followed by the runners-up Chrome, Firefox and Safari, all of which have “identifiers linked to the browser instance”. According to the study, these types of identifiers persist when the browser is restarted. It is crucial, however, that these identifiers are removed after reinstalling the browser.
Edge and Yandex came in last as both browsers have permanent hardware IDs that cannot be revoked even by reinstalling the browser. The verdict for this third group is even more worrying:
“Both send IDs that are linked to the device hardware and therefore remain the same when new browsers are installed <>. Edge sends the device’s hardware UUID to Microsoft <>. Similarly, Yandex transmits a hash of the hardware serial number and MAC address to back-end servers. As far as we can tell, this behavior cannot be deactivated by users. “
Brave is a brave defender of privacy
As a point telegraph reported Previously, Brave put pressure on the UK authorities to take action against technology giants like Google for violating the European Union’s general data protection regulation in a tremendous manner. Privacy advocates will be happy to know that Brave puts his money where his mouth is.