The Courageous, who came out of beta last fall, is a different browser. With aggressive anti-publicity, the Chromium-based browser removes their ad locations while allowing users to choose their own set of anonymous ads. It is also very open to promoting the privacy of users.
Consult the trackers
Courageous offers a wide range of security settings that can be modified to suit your concerns and how you should balance privacy with ease.
It uses a feature called Shields to block most ads and their trackers. The tool excludes third-party crawlers and all ads that use third-party crawlers by default and makes your browser more hard to identify. You can manually block front-page cookies or ads.
Adjust the tracking settings
To customize your Shields settings:
Go to the Settings page. You can access it by clicking the slide icon in the lower aptly corner of the new tab page or by clicking the three line icon in the upper aptly corner and clicking Settings. Select Shields.
There are two types of default settings on the Shields page: Simple View and Well ahead View. They determine what you will see when you click the lion icon to the aptly of the address bar.
Here you can enable or disable "Block Site Tracking", block scripts, and adjust the cookie settings to "Only Block Site Tips", "Block All Cookies", or "Allow All Cookies" ".
Now when you want to see what types of crawlers are blocked or allowed on a particular site or to change your settings for that site, you just need to click on the lion icon to get an info popup.
If you select Simple View, you will see the number of trackers blocked. you can also turn off Shields (if it causes any problems with the site you're on). In the Well ahead view, you can also see if any scripts are banned or click on "Cross-site trackers blocked" to see a list of party trackers blocked by Courageous.
Using the links at the bottom of the drop-down window, you can switch between Simple and Well ahead views or change your comprehensive shield defaults.
The process of setting up your cookie settings is very similar to that of Chrome, as Courageous is also a Chromium-based browser:
Go to Settings and click on "Additional Settings" in the left or main menu.
Select "Privacy and security". Find and select "Site Settings" in the main menu.
Click on "Cookies and Site Data".
To determine which sites should either permanently be allowed or permanently prevented from storing cookies in your browser, click the "Add" button next to "Allow" or "Block" respectively.
Toggle the switch next to "Clear cookies and site data when you quit in succession" to delete cookies and other data each time you accurate the browser.
Click on "See all cookies and site data" for more detailed information. To delete cookies by location, click the gibberish can icon next to the site name. To see party cookies, click the arrow next to the site name. You can then delete these cookies by clicking "X" next to each cookie.
Clear your cookies
You can also delete your cookies along with other browsing data:
Go to Settings> Privacy & Security.
Click "Clear browsing data".
A smaller window with three options will open. Basic and Well ahead will let you delete the data stored in your browser, and the "On Exit" option will allow you to specify what you want to delete each time you complete your browsing.
In Basic or Well ahead, select an option from the Time Range drop-down menu. Make sure the box next to "Cookies and other site data" is selected, and then click "Delete data".
In the "On Exit" section, select "Biscuits and other site data," and then click Save. You can also clear other data on exit, such as download and browse histories.
Fingerprint capture and ad blocking
Fingerprint safeguard is included in the Courageous toolbox and can be adjusted using the Shields feature in Well ahead View. Called Device Recognition, there are three functions you can use. The default is "Block Device Recognition on a Website", which, according to Courageous, only allows first-party attempts to obtain fingerprints. Blocked Device Identification Attempts will stop all fingerprint attempts (which could cause problems on some sites), while "All Device Identification Attempts are allowed" basically all.
While Courageous automatically excludes third-party ads by default, it has also made its own publicity approach by offering what it calls Terrible Ads, which appear as push notifications that you can work on or reject. If you choose to run one of these ads, you receive a token that you can use to "reward publishers and content creators," according to site instructions.
If you want to join, you can opt for the fun ad by clicking the three-line menu in the upper aptly corner and then clicking "Courageous Reward".
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