Brave Browser and BAT (Basic Attention Tokens)
Many of us here on Publish0x are familiar with Brave, I am sure. But in case you are not, here’s a brief breakdown of Brave Browser. Using the Brave Browser is at the heart of my method for collecting rewards. Here are some main claims that Brave makes:
Brave is “faster than Google Chrome” - I have found this to be true, or at least equivalent in speed. I have certainly not felt “slowed down” by using Brave.
Brave has “better privacy by default than Firefox” - again, from what I can tell, Brave is on par with Firefox for blocking trackers and ads. I haven’t had any complaints with it as a browser.
Brave offers “real privacy” - when you create a private tab on Brave, you are presented with two options. You can use a basic private tab, which is similar to the private tabs you find in Chrome or Firefox. Where Brave shines, though, is offering you the option to use TOR in the browser. TOR “routes your browsing through several servers” before you wind up at the sites you visit. Hence, real privacy.
Brave allows you to collect free rewards in the form of BAT (Basic Attention Tokens). BAT is a form of crypto that you can purchase on exchanges, but Brave allows you to earn BAT by browsing the internet, and you can increase your BAT earnings by enabling Brave to show you up to 5 ads an hour. This is the key to getting that sweet, sweet free money.
Brave lets you contribute your earned BAT to participating websites as a way to show support for those sites. This is a great option for giving back, but I am not going to explore the merits of that feature on this post because we are talking about snagging as many rewards as possible.
To check out Brave and download the browser, head to this link: https://brave.com/
Ok, I’m using Brave and earning BAT. Now what?
Well, now it’s time to start making cash while earning your BAT. For those unaware, Microsoft has a rewards program, aptly named “Microsoft Rewards,” which allows you to accumulate points by completing Daily Tasks, as well as by completing searches with Bing while logged into your Microsoft account. If you purchase games or movies through Microsoft/Xbox, you will get some reward points for those purchases.
Even if you don’t care for Microsoft products, these rewards points are useful - you can trade your points in for gift cards to businesses like Hulu, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts, Target, and Walmart (there are others, as well). You can use your rewards points for drawings with high-value prizes (although I do not recommend this, as you have a slim chance of winning). Finally, you will get the most out of your rewards points by purchasing Microsoft or Xbox gift cards - if you use MS or Xbox regularly, this may be the way to go.
Here’s the link to get you to Microsoft Rewards. You will need a Microsoft account to sign up: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/rewards
Alright, that sounds like a decent deal. What do I do?
First, you need to go into your Brave settings and make sure that you have the 5 ads per hour enabled so that you can get the most BAT possible when using the browser. Another setting to watch out for is the auto-contribute setting. As this post is meant to get YOU the most rewards possible, I’m going to suggest disabling auto-contribute. This is a choice you can make on your own, though.
Second, you need to change your default search engine to Bing, and then be sure that you are logged into your Microsoft account. I know Bing is not everyone’s first choice for a search engine, but I’d say it’s worth getting your free rewards, and, frankly, I haven’t had bad luck in finding the answers I need. Plus, you can always hop over to Google or Duck Duck Go, or any other Search Engine if the need arises.
Third, start browsing the same way you normally would. Your searches should be earning you Microsoft Reward points, as well as the opportunity to accumulate BAT (just be sure to click on the Brave ads when they pop up). You should successfully be earning two types of rewards concurrently.
Finally, I have a pro-tip that may seem obvious, but it’s worth noting. When you are writing at all, whether it be your own Publish0x article, a post for Reddit, a school assignment, or anything else, you should be using browser-based writing software within Brave. I prefer Microsoft Word for work-intensive pieces, but by using something like Google Docs or Skiff (my preference) in the browser, you will accumulate more BAT rewards, since Brave will continue to push ads to you.
If you would like more information about what Skiff is, check out their website here: https://www.skiff.org/
You can also check out the brief introduction article I wrote about Skiff here: https://www.publish0x.com/cryptocurrencies-decentralization-security/skiff-a-secure-alternative-to-google-docs-and-microsoft-365-xzwoerg
Good luck and happy earning!