The Brave web browser is the first to become compatible with the IPFS protocol. The latter will help speed up the web by relying on peer-to-peer (or “peer-to-peer”) technologies, such as Torrent files. The idea is simple: multiply the servers where information is stored. Such a system would have multiple advantages in terms of fluidity and stability.
The Brave browser is still not widely used. Today 24 million people use it. This is a figure much lower than the most used browsers, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge and Opera. However, Brave multiplies initiatives to stand out from the competition. We reported last March that it incorporated technology to hide personal information and prevent ad servers from tracking Internet users.
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Here is another good example. Brave announces this week that it is the first web browser to be compatible with the IPFS protocol. The integration of this protocol and active from version 1.19 of the browser for computer. Please note that this function is not yet compatible with the mobile versions of Brave. But the creators of the browser promise it will happen, especially on Android.
IPFS: the peer-to-peer protocol that speeds up the Internet
Let us take this opportunity to present more precisely what the IPFS protocol is. IPFS, which means ” InterPlanetary File System »(This is no joke!), Is a communication protocol. You know of others: FTP, HTTP, SMTP, etc. Like the latter, IPFS is used to exchange data. However, unlike HTTP, for example, IPFS allows information to be stored in multiple places.
This protocol is based on a technology similar to “peer-to-peer”, like BitTorrent protocol which allows several “nodes” to provide the same file. You will find at the end of this article an explanatory video created by Brave on the occasion of this partnership.
The IPFS protocol has several advantages. First, it streamlines access to sites that use this protocol. Instead of having a source, a real bottleneck, the files are therefore kept in several places. They therefore transit more quickly. Second, it stabilizes websites, since files are no longer stored in one place, but duplicated in multiple nodes. In a centralized system, if the center falls, the information is inaccessible. In a nodal and decentralized system, if a knot falls, the others take over.
It is a “community” protocol. Each user can choose to become a node of the network. When visiting a site, browsing history files are used to serve other users. This system therefore proves to be very advantageous for improving the availability of information. It should also be for cryptocurrency which rely on decentralized blockchains in order to record and authenticate transactions. It is also no coincidence that Brave is very involved in the field of cryptocurrencies.