Brave Browser Embeds Auto Wayback Machine Feature
Brave, a privacy focused browser that competes against Chrome and Firefox, now automatically diverts users to have a peek of pages that were eliminated from the web.
Brave browsers can now immediately gain access to archived record of ‘missing’ pages on the Internet through Wayback Machine embedded on Brave’s desktop browser.
For the sake of turning-on the latest feature, Brave has collaborated with The Internet Archive, or Archive.org, a well-known non-profit digital library. The latest feature is provided on Brave browser version 1.4 and is only accessible on desktop version as of date.
Archive.org disclosed the changes through a blog post on February 25.
Established in1996 with the aim of providing everlasting access to historical digital info, the Internet Archive has documented more than 900 billion URLs in addition to 400 billion web pages to date, and continues to add millions of pages every day.
In the wake of Wayback Machine embedding on HTTP 404 replies, users will be automatically provided with an archived page rather than the usual “Page Not found” display. If a page is not available, Brave will display the below mentioned notice:
“Sorry, that page is missing. Do you want to check if a saved version is available on the Wayback Machine?”
In essence, users of Brave will be able to browse older versions of web page in case they have been recorded on the Wayback Machine (a digital archive of Internet content, consisting of snapshots of web pages across time).
Brave asserts that it is the first browser to incorporate a Wayback Machine support.
Notably, as of now, other top browsers such as Safari, Firefox and Chrome offer the feature through browser extensions.
The collaboration between Brave and Internet Archive, in the form of Wayback Machine, is not the first of its kind.
Three years before, the Internet Archive offered support for receiving micropayments from partaking Brave Browser users, permitting Brave users to anonymously tip their preferred websites with cryptos.
Ultimately, the Internet Archive received tips to the tune of $2,500 in the form of Brave’s Basic Attention Token (BAT) by April 2019.
Against the backdrop of good association with Brave, the Internet Archive has taken a positive approach to anonymity of online users.
Their team wrote in the statement:
“We are grateful for their commitment to user privacy, helping advance alternatives to the current ad-supported Web, and focusing on improving the overall Web browsing experience. We applaud Brave’s leadership in these efforts and look forward to working with them on other ways to help make the Web more useful and reliable.”
The announcement has come against the backdrop of the release of a detailed research report evidencing that Brave browser outclasses other top six browsers including Chrome, Firefox and Safari, in terms of privacy.
As users’ online anonymity has been more frequently spoken about, Brave browser is supposedly increasing in popularity across the globe. Last year, Brave browser’s monthly active users roughly doubled to 10.40 million from 5.50 million in the earlier year.