27 May 2021
Brave, the maker of well known privacy-focused browser has now made available the public beta version of its search engine Brave Search. Just like the browser, its search engine also focuses on an anti-tracking system and aims at protecting your privacy. Brave Search will become the default search engine in the Brave browser later this year, just like the rival Google Search on Chrome browser.
The search engine was under testing for several months now and is now rolling out in public beta to gain some valuable feedback before launching it for everyone. Unlike other new search engines, which generally repackage results from Google and Microsoft’s Bing, Brave is building an independent index of the web. However, it will rely on Bing in some areas, like images, where its own results aren’t yet good enough.
The search engine was announced this past March and since then it has been tested by more than 100,000 early access users.
Brave, founded by former Mozilla executive Brendan Eich aims to take on both Google’s browser and search dominance. Brave claims unlike the big and existing search engines, its offering doesn’t track users, their searches or their clicks. It is a user-first search engine, which means, users’ privacy is utmost not the advertising and data industries.
The makers claim that their search engine has no secret methods to bias results. They also tout that soon “community-curated open ranking models” will also be launched to prevent algorithmic biases.
Initially, Brave Search won’t show ads but later, it will offer free, ad-supported search a paid option with no ads.
Brave Search is available in beta release globally on all Brave browsers on desktop, Android, or iOS. One can also access this search engine from any other browser at search.brave.com.