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Provoked by a recent encounter with cyber crime, Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger wrote a post on his popular blog page, detailing the steps he made in order to preserve his privacy and security on the internet going forward.

Sanger is by no means a stranger to cryptocurrency, given his current position as a chief information officer at Everipedia, which is based on the EOS blockchain. As such, he is highly acquainted with multiple blockchain-based products that are relevant to his pursuit of locking down his cyber-life. So it comes as no surprise that switching from Chrome browser to Brendan Eich’s Brave is the number one recommendation in his list.

Sanger expressed criticism of both Google’s strategy of obtaining “massive amounts of information from us via their browser“, and as Mozilla’s radical “Silicon Valley left” philosophy – which led to them forcing out Eich, co-creator of Firefox and the javascript programming language, due to his political beliefs.

For the reasons mentioned above, Sanger strongly recommends a switch to Brendan Eich’s newest cryptocurrency-friendly browser, Brave, which recently went through an UX overhaul, making it significantly more pleasant to use. Wikipedia’s co-founder praises the ability of Brave to block ads, trackers and third party cookies, and most importantly – its commitment to the privacy of its user. In his own words, “unlike Google, they don’t have a profile about you“.

Brave’s incentive scheme, based around Basic Attention Tokens, is also briefly mentioned. This comes as a great sign of approval from a highly respected tech innovator, during a period in which many have started to question the utility of cryptocurrency and the ability of ICO-funded startups to deliver on their promises.

As for the rest of Sanger’s workable tips, they are worth reading for every person, concerned about privacy and security on the internet. Considering how few abide by them, the blog post contains numerous convincing arguments on why a conscious effort to preserve the basic principles of the decentralised Internet are important not only for the individual, but also for society.