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Brave browser logo on dark navy background. CNET

Brave Software is stepping up its security and privacy game for its Brave iOS browser, thanks to a new partnership with Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider Guardian, the firm said in a press release on 27 July.

According to the announcement, the partnership will bring new levels of security and privacy to iPhone and iPad users, who can now easily turn on Brave Firewall + VPN in order to protect their devices from privacy intruding trackers. Regrettably, Brave users will be unable to pay for the new service using Basic Attention Tokens (BAT), as Apple currently does not allow it.

The CEO of Brave Software, Brendan Eich, said in a statement:

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“Brave is on a mission to upgrade the Internet from surveillance-by-default to privacy-by-default. With over 15 million monthly active users, our growth indicates that people are tired of being tracked, tagged, and monitored every second of every day. Brave Firewall + VPN, powered by Guardian is a big part of our mission to improve Web browsing and give power back to users over the use of their own data.”

The firm stated that the new VPN + Firewall option will have the ability to protect its users’ data from location and mail beacon tracking, in addition to providing the same browsing data protections as a normal VPN service. While many VPN services only mask the user’s IP address, Brave’s solution sends its users traffic to Guardian servers through an encrypted VPN, where the firm can spot which apps are secretly tracking data and block them, without impacting the app’s work.

Guardian CEO Will Strafach said in a statement:

“Brave and Guardian are like-minded companies, passionate about the right to protect privacy in an online world of uncontrolled surveillance, and we’re very pleased to join forces to put more power into users’ hands.”

With the addition of this new feature, Brave Software has continued its mission to bring security and privacy to its 15 million monthly active users. Back in May, the firm also introduced an end-to-end encrypted video calling feature called Brave Together. The feature was based on an open-source encrypted video software called Jitsi, which was endorsed by the now-exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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