Brave browser - pay for privacy

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  1. mood

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    Brave Browser v0.19.123 (December 27, 2017)
    Edit 2: v0.19.123
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    0.19.123
    • Fixed vulnerability in WebTorrent (#12400)
    0.19.122
    • Fixed DuckDuckGo referral code for private search. (#12347)
    0.19.121
    • Upgraded muon to 4.5.31. (#12206)
    • Upgraded Chromium to 63.0.3239.108. (#11890)
    0.19.116
    • Added the ability to use DuckDuckGo as a separate default search engine for private tabs. (#11305)
    • Fixed a problem with the restore a backup wallet screen. (#12254)
    • Fixed notification not appearing after a contribution is made. (#12201)
    • Fixed promotion banners need a line break between text. (#12145)
    • Fixed add funds dialog appears even if user already has BAT. (#12078)
    • Fixed records for recent contributions not being displayed. (#12055)
    Brave and DuckDuckGo Partner to Improve Privacy on the Web
    December 14, 2017
     
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  2. Umbra

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    Using Brave via ReHIPS, no issues so far. I like that Bitwarden is built-in.
     
  3. Mr.X

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  4. Umbra

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    i didn't, browsers are usually the only apps i don't use portable versions, i often observed loss of speed.
     
  5. Peter2150

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    Dumb Brave question. I installed it, and once closed I couldn't find where it installed or any place to start it up. I know I am going to feel silly when you tell me.
     
  6. mekelek

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    AppData\Local\BraveBeta\BraveBeta.exe
     
  7. Mr.X

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    You should tried the portable first. It's working just fine on my end, also with Sandboxie. I see no performance or browsing speed loss at all. On the contrary, I see portable quite fast, wow!
     
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  8. wat0114

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    Good question. That's more than double the size of Chromium, of which the desktop version is based on. Also, is there no way to install it in %ProgramFiles%?
     
  9. RockLobster

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    It is called software bloat there is a nice wikipedia article on that,
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_bloat
    Although I think it does fail to mention one aspect of that which is how convenient it is for the sales of new PC's and therefore the tech industry as a whole, when the described software bloat causes currently owned PC's to get progressively slower and less useful.
     
  10. mood

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    The installer of Brave Browser is bigger not because of bloat, but because of a bad compression ratio.
    If they would have used a better compression, the installer could have a similar size as the portable version (~70MB)

    If i look into the installer and extract the files (i could have also installed it :ninja:), the biggest file is app.asar (242 MB)
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    ...\Downloads\BraveSetup-x64\brave-0.19.123-full\lib\net45\resources\app.asar    242.930.849 bytes    2017-12-27
    (file extension asar = Simple extensive tar-like archive format with indexing)
    All needed resources are stored in this file, and i could find a lot of muon or electron-related things.
    But this is expected, Brave Browser is using the Electron framework ("and Muon is a fork of the Electron framework which is currently used in the Brave web browser")
     
  11. Rasheed187

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    Call me stupid, but how to install this portable version?

    OK thanks, didn't know about this factor.
     
  12. paulderdash

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    Look further down under 'Installation'.
     
  13. Rasheed187

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    I didn't know what file to download, but I figured it out. Apparently it's the "brave-portable-ia32-0.19.122-18-setup.exe" file which is 70 MB big, but when you run it, it says it needs 450MB of diskspace. What the hell is up with this?
     
  14. Alexhousek

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    I'm sorry, but I don't understand the interest in this browser. I have it installed but I can't stand to use it. I just launched it, after not using it for a couple weeks, and it took 45 seconds to finally display my starting page! In addition to that, opening a second tab takes about 10 seconds for that tab to fully display the page. Lastly, it's lack of extension support makes it a no-deal for me.
     
  15. paulderdash

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    Dunno, I see it is in fact 523MB.
     
  16. Rasheed187

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    I know how you feel, last year it was very bare bones, so that's why I wanted to see if it has been improved. The only interesting feature is Brave Payments, but I'm skeptical.
     
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    I like 7zipped files to just decompress them at my own liking. So in this link https://github.com/portapps/brave-portable/releases, I downloaded brave-portable-x64-0.19.122-18.7z

    And yes it is huge when unzipped: around 529 MB
     
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    Brave Browser v0.19.131 (January 9, 2018)
    A new security option has been added with this release: Strict Site Isolation. Context: Actions required to mitigate Speculative Side-Channel Attack techniques
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    0.19.131
    • Added new security option: Strict Site Isolation. (#12490)
    • Improved security by disabling password autofill during page loads. (#12489)
    • Added additional token amounts for Brave Payments. (#12234)
    • Changed default contribution for new installs to 10 BAT. (#12528)
    • Fixed issue with initial 2000 grants during last BAT promotion. (#12547)
    • Fixed muted media not being autoplayed. (#12152)
    • Fixed autoplay blocking user initialized media. (#12149)
    • Fixed music not being played on several popular services. (#11527)
    • Fixed notification bar buttons not responding in certain cases. (#9171)
    • Fixed autoplay notifications not being dismissed when user ignores notification and continues stream. (#9143)
    • Fixed sites being added into the autoplay permission list when default permission is set as "always allow". (#9008)
    • Fixed autoplay notifications being displayed for local files. (#8929)
    • Upgraded muon to 4.5.36. (#12501)
    • Upgraded to Chromium 63.0.3239.132. (#12521)
     
  19. wat0114

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    Hopefully the modifications the developers have made to the Chromium code Brave is based on haven't affected the browser kernel or rendering engine components to the point where the security they provide have been compromised.
     
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    Brave Browser v0.19.134 (January 12, 2018)
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    0.19.134
    • Added a changeable default contribution amount for new installs. (#12573)
    • Reverted muted media always being autoplayed. (#12152)
    • Fixed backup key being replaced by "a" when wallet restore fails. (#11383)
    • Fixed prompting users to save passwords on passphrase confirmation pages. (#12563)
    • Fixed passwords being filled after disabling password manager. (#10566)
    • Fixed monthly budget reverting after browser restart. (#12581)
    • Fixed Brave appearing as vulnerable on Spectre test site. (#12570)
    • Fixed "Always show the URL bar" text missing under preferences. (#12559)
    • Upgraded muon to 4.5.38. (#12602)
     
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    Emisoft AM found in portable : Gen:Trojan.Heur.JP.UmKfaC!Ul4ci (B)
     
  24. Fly

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    @Grumlo ,

    Did you upload it to Virustotal or something like that ? Possibly the file is too large ? I think that detection is worth checking out.
     
  25. Grumlo

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    I have sent to Emisoft only. I am realy suprise that EMisoft AM shows me this info.
     
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