Brave Browser 1.60 launches with Leo AI and security improvements

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Brave Browser

1.60
CARDINAL

is now available. The latest version of the

Chromium
ORG

-based web browser introduces

Brave Software’s
ORG


Leo AI
PERSON

to all desktop users. It is not the only change though, as users who upgrade will also benefit from security improvements and some other changes.

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Brave

1.60
CARDINAL

is available already and users should receive it through the automatic updating feature. Those who can’t wait to get their hands on the new browser version may select

Menu > Help > About Brave
ORG

or load brave://settings/help in the address bar directly to download the latest update immediately. The page lists the current version as well.


Leo
PERSON

is here, but not for everyone (yet)

The main new feature of Brave 1.60 is

Leo
PERSON

. It is an AI that Brave tested for some time in

Nightly
DATE

and development builds of

Brave
PRODUCT

.

Now,

Leo
PERSON

is being rolled out to the entire desktop population.

Only 20%
PERCENT

of all users get a chance to use

Leo
PERSON

immediately,

the remaining
PERCENT


80%
PERCENT

will have to wait

a couple of days
DATE

before they may access the feature as well.

Brave users may notice a new

Leo
PERSON

icon in the address bar and also in

the Brave Sidebar
ORG

once

Leo
PERSON

is enabled on their system.


Brave Leo
PERSON

is a free service at its core. With the introduction of

Leo, Brave Software
ORG

is also introducing

Brave Leo Premium
ORG

.

One
CARDINAL

of the main advantages of the paid upgrade is that users do get access to

Claude Instant
PERSON

, another AI language model.


Brave Software
ORG

explains that

Leo
PERSON

may help users "with all sorts of tasks". The company lists the

AI
ORG

‘s ability to create "real-time summaries of webpages and videos", answer questions or generate new content as features. Brave Leo can also translate webpages, analyze them, rewrite content and do more.


Brave Software
ORG

promises that

Leo
PERSON

can help users who are "looking for information, trying to solve a problem, or creating content".


Leo
PERSON

follows the same privacy principles as Brave. According to

Brave Software
ORG

, "chats with

Leo
PERSON

are private, anonymous, and secure". Chats are not recorded and not used for model training. Also, there is no account or login requirement to start using

Leo
PERSON

.

The free version of

Leo
PERSON

is based on

Meta
ORG

‘s Llama 2 language model. The premium version, available for $

15
MONEY

per month, adds

Anthropic
ORG

‘s

Claude Instant
PERSON

as a language model.


Brave Software
ORG

promises that Premium users will gain access to additional language models in the future. Also, Premium users benefit from "higher rate limits, higher-quality conversations, priority queuing during periods of peak usage, and early access to new features and improvements".


Brave Leo
PERSON

and privacy


Brave Software
ORG

highlights some of the privacy techniques and protections that it has implemented for

Leo
PERSON

specifically.

All

Leo
PERSON

requests use a reverse proxy to ensure that requests and user IP addresses can’t be linked. Since

Leo
PERSON

does not require a login, the

IP
ORG

address would be one of the main identifying factors. Conversations with

Leo
PERSON

are not persistent either.

Leo
PERSON

‘s responses are discarded immediately according to Brave and not used for model training.


Leo Premium
PERSON

users get "unlinkable tokens" that validate their subscriptions. These tokens provide access to premium content without giving

Brave Software
ORG

the ability to link purchase details to usage of the product.

Additional information about

Leo
PERSON

is available here.

Brave

1.60
CARDINAL

: quick overview of other changes

The official release notes list a number of other changes and improvements. Notable are fixes for

Tor
ORG

tab and

WebTorrent
PERSON

redirect issues and the moving of

two
CARDINAL

Settings pages.


New Tab
ORG

page configurations are now located under brave://settings/getStarted and

Social Blocking
ORG

is available under brave://settings/shields.

The Brave VPN services continue to be installed on user devices, even if Brave users don’t use the VPN. You can check this guide on removing the

VPN
ORG

button from Brave. While it won’t address the service installation issue on

Windows
ORG

, it does remove an icon from the toolbar that you may not use.


Brave Software
ORG

promised to change the behavior of installing the VPN services on

Windows
ORG

after we broke the news.

Now You: have you tried Brave recently or

Leo
PERSON

?

Summary Article Name Brave Browser

1.60
CARDINAL

launches with

Leo AI
PERSON

and security improvements

Description Brave
ORG

Browser

1.60
CARDINAL

introduces

Brave Software’s
ORG


AI
ORG

tool

Leo
PERSON

to all desktop users. Find out what

Leo
PERSON

does and how it differs from other

AI
ORG

tools integrated into browsers. Author

Martin Brinkmann
PERSON

Publisher Ghacks Technology News Logo

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