Brave, a privacy-focused online browser, has been testing its own search engine with a small group of users for a while now.
The public beta version of the search engine is now available via an official browser app and a new website.
Brave unveiled its own search engine in March of this year, following the acquisition of Cliqz, an anti-tracking browser with a built-in search engine, according to reports.
Brave Search, like DuckDuckGo, is attempting to establish itself as a viable alternative to big search engines such as Google and Bing, and is ideal for anyone concerned about data privacy.
According to Brave, its search engine does not collect IP addresses or use personal data to improve search results, allowing the user to stay anonymous.
Brave Search, like the Brave Browser, allows users to surf online without being monitored thanks to a feature called ‘Sheilds’.
Most trackers, advertisements, and unwanted cookies are blocked by Shields.
You can use this anti-tracking search engine on Safari, Google Chrome, and other browsers if you don’t want to download Its browser.
As 9to5Mac points out, Brave Search is built on top of a completely independent index and does not track users, their clicks, or their queries.
It’s currently available on the website (click here), and will be the default search engine for Brave Browser later this year.
On paper, It appears to be a great method to avoid annoying adverts while also protecting your data and identity.
Lawrence Abrams, creator and founder of BleepingComputer shared his experience with Brave Search.
He said, “However, as a site owner, there is still a need for improvement as, in my opinion, the search results tend to skew towards larger sites covering a story rather than the publisher who broke the story”.
“In our tests, these stories tended to rank poorly in Brave’s search rankings if other larger publishers also covered it – even if those publishers linked back to us”, he added.