Users of the Brave Browser have a new way to get paid Basic Attention Tokens (BAT.) On April 24, 2019, Brave announced their long-anticipated feature of paying Brave Browser users for their time viewing ads.
How to Earn BAT by Viewing Ads on Brave
Brave Browser recently launched a new option to view private ads in Brave Rewards and get paid int BAT for the ads they view. Brave Browser users can opt-in to view Private Ads, which are unobtrusive ad pop-ups that appear in the top or bottom corner of your browser window.
Even while serving these ads, Brave continues to block your personal data from advertisers. Brave Rewards uses your browsing activity and locally selects the ads to show you. When you opt-in to view ads, you can select the number of private ads you’re willing to see – ranging from one ad to five per hour. You’ll earn Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) for every ad you view. The intent is for you to use the BAT you earn to tip your favorite web content creators.
How to Enable Private Ads on Brave Browser and Get Paid in BAT
When you install Brave Browser, the default settings block all ads. To enable viewing private ads on Brave, visit your Rewards Settings page.
You can access the Brave Rewards Settings Page by clicking the small Brave triangle icon at the far right of your address bar. Then click on the “Rewards Settings” link located under the account balance.
Once on the Brave Rewards Settings Page, click on the toggle button next to “Ads.” (The greyed out off button below.)
Once Ads are turned on, you can click on the icon with the 3 bars with dots to select the number of ads you’re willing to view per hour.
If you aren’t familiar with the Brave Browser, here’s some basic background information.
What is Brave Browser?
The Brave Browser is a new, ad-blocking web browser designed with your internet security in mind. Brave Browser blocks malware and prevents tracking your personal data when you use it. If you don’t like that Facebook shows you ads for things you’ve searched or that most websites install browser cookies to track your usage, then you want to use Brave Browser. On first install, Brave automatically blocks phishing, malware and malvertising, as well as suspicious plugins.
Brave Browser is free to download and use.
Brave works just like any other web browser but is generally safer to use. You may also notice that many websites load faster, as many of the scripts and tracking software is blocked by Brave. You can customize your Brave “Shield” settings to control the level of security you have on different websites.
What is BAT?
Many websites make money by showing readers ads. Banner advertising is automatically blocked with Brave Browser, so they launched Brave Rewards to provide readers with a way to directly reward their favorite bloggers and content creators through BAT.
BAT, which stands for Basic Attention Token, is an Ethereum based utility token that’s used by the blockchain-based Brave digital ad platform. They’re the unit of “currency” used between website readers, publishers, and advertisers.
Through Brave Rewards, rewards can support their favorite sites by anonymously “tipping” those sites with BAT. These contributions are totally optional and aren’t required to use the browser or view the websites. The websites get paid in BAT which they can either withdraw to Uphold or use to rewards their favorite sites.
Where do I Buy or Sell BAT?
Through Uphold, you can convert fiat currencies into BAT. Users can also connect their Brave Wallets to their Uphold account for convenience. Note that you currently cannot move Brave BAT out of your Brave wallet as the sole purpose of the wallet is to allow users to anonymously and securely reward websites.
BAT is also available to trade on many reputable cryptocurrency exchanges.
If you’re a Brave Browser user, have you/will you be opting in to view ads?
We’ve been viewing ads for a few days now and find them a barely noticeable. Brave’s new private ads are definitely an easy way to earn Basic Attention Tokens (BAT).