There are a few features in Brave which let you improve your browsing experience by connecting to a web service. Most of these are off by default.
To manage your Privacy and security Settings:
- Launch Brave and open the Menu:
- Navigate to Settings → Advanced → Privacy and Security
- Choose from the list of Privacy and security settings
Privacy and Security settings you can control
When typing search terms in the address bar, your default search engine may offer suggestions to help you complete your search. As you type, text is sent to your search engine so that they can show you suggestions. This service may also send some cookies to your default search engine. This is off by default.
Please see our detailed section on WebRTC at the bottom section of the page.
This anonymous information only lets Brave estimate overall usage of certain features. Note that this feature does not collect your IP address. Learn more about Privacy-preserving Product Analytics (P3A) here.
This anonymous, private ping lets Brave estimate active users. Note that this feature does not collect your IP address.
This option allows the browser to send and display Push Notifications.
This option allows the browser to automatically send crash report data to Brave for review. Please see our article on crash reporting for more information.
You can remove information and data that you accumulate as you browse; like history and cookies. Pick which information you want to clear — everything, or only stuff from the last hour or so. If you find yourself using this often, perhaps you’d like to use Private Windows. Please see How Do I Clear Cookies and Site Data in Brave? for detailed information on clearing your browser data.
Please see How do I manage Cookies in Brave? for more information on how to manage cookies and site data in Brave.
Manage Security keys, site certificates, and enable/disable Safe Browsing.
Note on Safe Browsing: Brave can alert you when you try to visit a site which might try to harm your computer through phishing, malware, or other nefarious activities. This involves downloading lists of potentially-malicious sites but it doesn’t reveal which sites you visit or any personal browsing information.
Additionally, instead of connecting to Google, Brave’s version of Safe Browsing connects to a Brave-run server which doesn’t keep any logs or store your IP address. This is a really important safety feature, so it’s on by default, but you can turn it off. Learn more about the design of Safe Browsing.
Allows you to adjust permissions and content data for sites you visit while browsing. Please see How do I change Site Permissions? for a more detailed explanation of these settings.
WebRTC IP Handling Policy
WebRTC is a web feature which lets you do things like make phone calls or video-chat in your browser. Because WebRTC connects directly to the people you’re chatting with, it can reveal your IP address to them. Brave has an advanced option which lets you change the exact details of this, but most people shouldn’t need to change this setting.
- Default: Unless you are in a Tor tab, WebRTC has the right to enumerate all interfaces and bind them to discover public interfaces.
- Default Public And Private Interfaces: WebRTC should only use the default route used by http. This also exposes the associated default private address. Default route is the route chosen by the OS on a multi-homed endpoint.
- Default Public Interface Only: WebRTC should only use the default route used by http. This doesn't expose any local addresses.
- Disable Non-Proxied UDP: WebRTC should only use TCP to contact peers or servers unless the proxy server supports UDP. This doesn't expose any local addresses either.
Disabling Global Privacy Control
To toggle Global Privacy Control (GPC) on desktop, go to
brave://flags/#brave-global-privacy-control-enabled. GPC is enabled by default on Desktop and Android.
Brave Shields and Privacy.