Brave browser has partnered with the Internet archive tool Wayback Machine, which helps users easily discover deleted web pages. Maintained by a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization called Internet Archive, the main purpose of the Wayback Machine is to let users access web pages that no longer exist.
For example, if you are trying to access an online article that has been removed, you can simply go to the Wayback Machine and input the URL of the article you want to read. If the article was cached/saved before it was removed, you can access it easily on your browser.
Brave’s partnerships with Wayback Machine
Folks over at Brave have implemented an automated Wayback Machine lookup process to their desktop browser. This news addition by Brave comprises an automated 404 detection system in their desktop browser version 1.4. If Brave detects Error 404 on any web page, it will simply provide users with an option to check for saved versions of that web page instead.
With this move, the Brave browser has simplified the process of accessing archived versions of web pages with the Wayback Machine tool. We tried it out on the Brave browser for macOS. Here’s how it works:
As soon as you come across web pages that no longer exist or have been removed, Brave notifies users to check for saved versions of the page at the top.
This way, Brave users can benefit from one-click access, the removed web page, without manually going to Wayback Machine or installing any browser extensions.
In addition to the 404 page not found condition, Brave checks for 14 additional HTTP error codes such as 408, 410, 451, 500, 502, 503, 504, 509, 520, 521, 523, 524, 525, and 526.
Announcing this partnership with Brave, Wayback Machine’s Mark Graham had this to say in his blog post:
“We are grateful for their (Brave’s) commitment to user privacy, helping advance alternatives to the current ad-supported Web, and focusing on improving the overall Web browsing experience.”
“We applaud Brave’s leadership in these efforts and look forward to working with them on other ways to help make the Web more useful and reliable.”
Previously, Wayback Machine had teamed up with Brave for their micropayments system.