Brave Browser is an open-source web browser based on Chromium, developed by Brave Software, with the notable features of ads blocking and tracking prevention; also offering users ways to send cryptocurrency in the form of Basic Attention Tokens to content creators.
The open source browser recently teamed up with Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to enable users to surf dead web pages. If a website visit returns a 404 error, or any other error codes, Brave browser will detect it and automatically offer to search the Wayback Machine for a backup page.
Brave browser is capable of detecting 14 HTTP error codes in addition to the regular 404 error code, including: 408, 410, 451, 500, 502, 503, 504, 509, 520, 521, 523, 524, 525, and 526.
How the Integration of Native Wayback Machine Works?
The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the Web, founded by the Internet Archive, a San Francisco based nonprofit organization.
While several web pages have gone offline over the years, they are archived in the Wayback Machine, allowing web users to access those pages as they were when live, thus making it possible to travel back in time and see dead websites. Brave browser's native Wayback Machine integration means you don't have to visit the Internet archives to access dead websites anymore with the browser having the function in-built.
Albeit you can also plug various Wayback Machine functionality such as 404 detection, via extensions in browsers like Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
Other Wayback Machine Functions Available to Brave Browser
Brave browser collaborated with Wayback Machine, allowing Internet Archive to accept Brave’s BAT micropayments after it was launched in 2017.
The Internet Archive can receive micropayments from participating Brave Browser users, with the alt-browser controlling the ads, mostly, through the micropayments feature. But you need to put in some bitcoin that will be distributed to the sites you visit in a month.
Brave browser's Wayback Machine integration is currently available in the desktop version, as the feature has not been released for the mobile versions of the browser.