Courageous Software program formally launched model 1.zero of its Courageous net browser on Wednesday, November 13. The primary model launched in January 2016 and has since gained greater than 2.eight million lively customers day by day and eight million lively customers month-to-month. It’s primarily based on Google’s Chromium browser and depends on Fundamental Consideration Tokens (BAT) to generate income.
The thought behind Courageous’s BAT system is to reward content material creators utilizing cryptocurrency. It doesn’t generate digital cash within the background, however quite gives means for readers to tip 300,000 taking part Courageous Licensed Publishers. These embody The Washington Submit, The Guardian, MarketWatch, and extra.
To allow this function, customers can activate Courageous Rewards and the related Courageous pockets throughout the browser set up. The triangular Courageous Rewards icon resides subsequent to the handle bar, the place customers can add funds to their digital pockets. Customers can then ship a tip as they learn an article or set up a extra reassuring month-to-month cost.
“Courageous is constructed on prime of the primary international non-public advert platform, designed from the begin to worth customers’ consideration and privateness,” the corporate mentioned on Monday. “Courageous has pioneered a brand new blockchain-based promoting mannequin that reforms the present system with privateness by design and 70 % income share to customers within the type of Fundamental Consideration Tokens (BAT).”
To earn BAT, Courageous surfers can opt-in to view particular adverts that aren’t linked to a worldwide promoting platform. They’re “privacy-preserving,” the corporate claims, from manufacturers nicely like Pizza Hut, House Chef, and Intel.
Along with Courageous Adverts, the newest Courageous browser mechanically blocks third-party adverts and trackers. Known as Courageous Shields, the function resides as a defend icon subsequent to the handle bar and shows the variety of “cross-site trackers and different creepy issues” it identifies and blocks. Click on on the icon to get extra particulars or change the browser’s ad-blocking settings.
The intent, nevertheless, is to not fully block adverts and crash the web. As a substitute, Courageous places extra management within the readers’ palms.
Courageous v1.zero is now obtainable on Home windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS.