When it comes to video conferencing software, Zoom really exploded in popularity in 2020 during the pandemic and continues to be one of the first picks for work or school. However, just because it’s popular doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for everyone. If you value your privacy, then Brave might have something for you.
For those unfamiliar, Brave is the developer behind the Brave Browser, a privacy focused browser that’s an alternative to some of the other options out there. The company has since expanded their offerings and is now launching Brave Talk, a new video conferencing platform that they claim is just as private as its browser.
According to Brave, “Many other video conferencing providers, including Zoom, monitor calls, metadata, and images, and the records of that data can be sold or shared without user consent. Brave Talk users can enable multiple layers of encryption on calls, so an eavesdropper cannot listen in on users’ calls, and our servers don’t save metadata, so calls, images, and activities are never recorded or shared without user consent.”
Brave Talk will not be a separate download or a separate piece of software, but rather it will be available as a service directly within the browser itself. For the most part it is free to use for one-on-one calls and also offers features like groupwatch, YouTube livestreaming, and more. There is a premium version priced at $7 a month for those who might require more robust features.
To check it out, head on over to the Brave Talk website using any modern browser to start using the service.