One of the aspects of the internet that raises the most concerns over privacy is search. Google seems to always be in the spotlight when it comes to what kind of data they collect, the methods with which they collect it, and how they use it for and against its users. Brave Search, a platform designed to add a layer of privacy on top of the search experience, is officially out of Beta and adding a great customization feature.
What is Brave Search?
Brave Search is a private search engine that does not collect your search data. Brave Search is built on top of the open source DuckDuckGo search engine, which means you get all of the same results without any of the privacy concerns.
Brave Search is integrated into the Brave browser, but can also be used as a standalone website.
Finally out of Beta
Brave Search has exited Beta for a couple of reasons. First, the company officially believes that the software is solid enough to be called "complete." We know that software is never really complete, but it's good to see that Brave is confident in their product.
Second, the platform has hit some impressive milestones. The platform has seen 2.5 billion queries, with a peak of 14.1 million in a single day. While this is nothing compared to Google or Bing, for a smaller search engine, this is incredibly impressive. They reached this milestone faster than DuckDuckGo, another privacy-focused search provider. These milestones are an indication that enough users are happy with the quality of the software to go "live" with the service.
This also gives the company the confidence to change the default search engine for Brave Browser users from Google, something that the company has wanted to do since it first announced the search engine.
Custom Search Rankings
Brave Search is also introducing the ability to customize your search results. You can now choose to sort your results by most relevant, or by the time they were published. This is a great feature for those who want more control over their search experience.
This is a great addition for those who want more control over their search experience. For example, if you're looking for something specific, you can now customize your results so that the most relevant results are at the top, rather than being buried under a bunch of less relevant ones.
Some of us look for some very specific and odd things. Software developers look for what looks like normal words, like construct, but are not interested in results about gender debates. With the new search result customizations, Brave might just become the best search engine for ultra-specific topics.
You can customize your Brave Search results by going into the settings and selecting "Customize Results Rank." From there, you'll be able to drag and drop different factors to adjust how they influence the ranking of your search results. This is a great way to personalize your Brave Search experience and get the most relevant results for your needs.
Have you tried out the Brave Search tool? Let us know about your experience in the comments.