Brave Talk: a privacy-focused alternative to Zoom

When it comes to video conferencing software, Zoom skyrocketed in popularity in 2020 during the pandemic and remains one of the top choices for work or school. However, just because something is popular does not mean it is suitable for everyone.


Enter Brave Talk




Brave Software has announced the debut of a new privacy-focused video conferencing feature integrated directly into its browser, following the release of its own search engine earlier this year. Brave Talk, originally known as Brave Together, went into beta testing in May 2020.


You won’t need to download any additional software or app; instead, it will be provided as a service simply within the browser. It is primarily free to use for one-on-one calls and includes features such as group watch, YouTube livestreaming, and more. There is a premium version available for $7 a month for those who require more features.


How to use Brave Talk

Users can access the service by opening a new tab and clicking the Brave Talk camera icon, or by visiting from the Brave browser on desktop or mobile. While calls must be launched by Brave, users can ask others to participate in calls from any current browser.


Safer alternative to Zoom app?


Video Conferencing on Brave Talk
Source: Brave Talk


Several other video conferencing platforms, such as Zoom, record calls, metadata, and photos, and the traces of that data can be sold or shared without the user’s consent. Brave Talk, on the other hand, does not require you to register a user account in order to use the free version. There will be no tracking. There will be no data collecting. There’s nothing that connects you (or anyone else) to a call. “Period,” according to the company.

Nothing a user says or types in Brave Talk is ever recorded. Furthermore, the company’s privacy policy states that your device’s IP address and URL link for a video meeting will be deleted as the session concludes, however text-based chats will be temporarily cached.

The service uses open-source software from Jitsi, another video-calling service, to create the feature. However, the service does not provide end-to-end encryption by default. You’ll need to go to the security settings and enable the Video Bridge Encryption feature.


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