Brave Browser Installing VPN services without users' consent

Brave Browser Installing VPN services without users’ consent

According to recent reports, Brave browser has been installing its VPN service without users’ consent. The browser, which is known for its privacy and security features, has been offering a VPN service for the past year. However, it has recently started installing this service for all downloads of the Brave browser without user permission.

This move has raised concerns among privacy advocates and users alike. Brave’s approach to transparency has been called into question, and the company has been accused of violating users’ trust. The two VPN services that are being installed on Windows devices without users’ consent are Brave Firewall + VPN. These are paid services that will remain inactive unless the user subscribes and pays the monthly fee of $9.99.

The company has responded to these allegations by claiming that these additional tools won’t start operating unless a user manually activates them and pays for a VPN subscription. However, this sort of underhanded installation may come as a blow to privacy-concerned people who turned to Brave’s supposedly more secure software in the first place.

Brave’s VP of Engineering, Brian Clifton, acknowledged the issue on GitHub following Ghacks’ report and users lamenting about the unwanted tools on some online forums. He assured that this is limited to Brave’s Windows VPN only and promised to be working towards resolving the issue Clifton said: “The ideal situation would be to move these services to be installed when VPN is first USED (post purchase) and not at install time.”

If you are concerned about whether these tools have been installed on your device without your consent, you can check your PC by heading to the Services panel via the Run box (Windows+R), type services.msc, and press Enter. Go through the list of installed software and click on Brave unwanted VPN services to delete them.

In conclusion, Brave’s decision to install its VPN service without user permission has raised concerns about its commitment to privacy and transparency. While the company has responded by promising to address this issue in future releases, it remains to be seen whether users will continue to trust Brave’s supposedly more secure software.

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