Brave has integrated the Internet Archive Wayback Machine directly into its browser to provide quick access to archived versions of web pages displaying a 404 error.
Getting a 404 error message is probably one of the most frustrating experiences on the Internet.
On its blog, Internet Archive, a non-profit organization dedicated to web archiving, announced that it is working with the Brave browser to provide a "more convenient and reliable" Internet.
Available today, starting with version 1.4 of its desktop browser, Brave has added a 404 detection system, with an automated Wayback Machine search process.
The functionality provides by default one-click access to archived versions of web pages that would otherwise not be available.
In addition to 404 errors, it also supports 408, 410, 451, 500, 502, 503, 504, 509, 520, 521, 523, 524, 525 and 526 errors.
It's time for error 404 to disappear.
Wikipedia makes intensive use of the tool to provide sources for its articles; The Wayback Machine allows the user to be redirected to a page that does not exist today, either because it has been deleted, moved, or because the website has ceased to exist.
While there are several browser extensions available today that offer similar functionality for Safari, Chrome, or Firefox, Brave users will benefit from the functionality without having to install an additional extension.
Over the past 20 years, Wayback Machine has archived more than 900 billion URLs and more than 400 billion web pages.
To solve the famous "Error 404", when a user is confronted with non-existent content, Brave will now redirect users to an archived page hosted on The Wayback Machine. An innovative solution and a real plus for navigation.
On its blog, The Internet Archive explains: "Over the past 23 years, The Wayback Machine has archived more than 900 billion URLs, and more than 400 billion web pages, and adds several hundred million URLs every day".
"We are grateful for Brave's commitment to user privacy, helping to promote alternatives to today's advertising-supported Web and focusing on improving the overall browsing experience," added Internet Archive.
According to a recent study, Brave ranks ahead of other browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Yandex) in terms of privacy protection.
Last December, the crypto-friendly browser announced that it had passed the 10 million active users mark each month.
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