On the 25th of March 2020, Brave and Binance announced a new partnership which allowed Brave Browser users to purchase and convert cryptocurrency directly in the browser. This interaction came in the form of a small and lightweight widget, located when a user opens a new tab.
In it’s announcement, Brave communicated the following;
the Binance widget is built into Brave and is not a loaded iframe (remotely embedded document), which preserves the user’s privacy. API calls will only be made into Binance if the user authenticates via OAuth and interacts with the widget.
Whilst this is a great addition for those looking to reduce the friction in buying crypto from a trusted exchange, some users may be concerned about the privacy implications this may have.
Fortunately, it is pretty easy to turn this feature off.
Open a New Tab
To get started, simply open a new tab. You should be greeted with the usual Brave Rewards widget, however you will also notice a small section dedicated to Binance.
Located down the bottom of your New Tab you will see a small menu button. Hit this.
This menu brings up all the options related to your Dashboard, which is what is presented when you first start Brave Browser or when you open a new tab.
From this section you can make a bunch of changes, including turning off the Binance widget. You can also remove the dynamic background images, the Brave Rewards widget, statistics and others. Clicking the “Show Binance” switch to off automatically removes the widget, without needing a restart.
And that is all there is to it. One small option selected will see this feature removed. If the information Brave has provided on this widgets implementation is correct, you should see no further references, API calls, or traffic in regards to this feature. Let us know if you see otherwise.