The browser ‘Brave’ that was launched back in 2019, is reported to have been automatically adding VPN services to some users’ computers without their permission.
It has been revealed that any time a user has downloaded Brave since 2020, its VPN services, namely Brave VPN and Brave Wireguard, came along with it too, whether the user intentionally wanted it or not. The services are an added, paid integration, which means that they would be active only if a user subscribes to them.
Following the confusion and criticism over potential problem related to privacy, Brave has clarified that it is working to make changes to the process in the upcoming version of the browser. However, Brave hasn’t been transparent about the process with its users at any time before, which certainly raises doubts on the browser’s claim to be privacy focused.
One of the VPs of engineering at GitHub has explained in a post that one solution to secure privacy is to uninstall Brave and reinstall it without admin rights. This would disable any additional services including VPN, from being installed. Attempting to remove these services while the browser is installed on one’s computer, however, does not work.