BAT Community Weekly Update: 06/21/2019 to 06/27/2019 — Brave announces partnership with Yubico (Yubikey), Guest AMA with Taylor Monahan & Jordan Spence of MyCrypto, Brave improves ad-blocker performance by 69x w/ new Rust engine

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions! 


PARTNERSHIP: Brave announces partnership with Yubico to offer Yubikey U2F support for Brave on iOS

We’re excited to partner with Yubico to bring YubiKey support to Brave for iOS. Yubico is the leading provider of hardware authentication security keys — devices which protect logins to online accounts from phishing, man-in-the-middle, and other threats of account takeover.

With Brave’s support for Yubico’s upcoming YubiKey 5Ci devices, with both a USB-C and Lightning connector on a single device, you will soon be able to use the same robust security key across multiple devices, including iPhones and iPads. This allows for the removal of less safe login methods and greatly reduces the risk of phishing on protected accounts, no matter what device you’re logging in from.

BLOG: Brave Improves Its Ad-Blocker Performance by 69x with New Engine Implementation in Rust

Brave Shields, which protect users’ privacy from trackers and ads, are one of the cornerstone components of the browser involved in handling every single web request made for loading a website. Since loading an average website involves 75 requests that need to be checked against tens of thousands of rules, it must also be efficient. Even though Brave’s ad-blocker was already implemented in heavily optimized C++ handling requests with sub-millisecond overhead, we found that we can further optimise it for a 69x average improvement. Starting today, this new implementation is available in our Dev channel and Nightly channel.

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