Brave Browser recently received update 1.47, which added the Snowflake feature. It gives users the ability to turn their devices into proxy servers, allowing other people to connect to Tor networks if they are unable to access them due to local blocks.
In the previously released Brave 1.44, developers have already implemented support for Tor Bridges, which gave users the opportunity to bypass the restrictions themselves using Brave resources.
As of version 1.47, users can participate in volunteer efforts to promote a free internet, helping those in need gain access.
Tor Bridges are relays that help users get around the Tor block. This was implemented by allocating an alternative entry point to the Onion network, which cannot be blocked by local authorities or Internet providers, since the addresses of the bridges are not publicly available.
Bridges can be activated from browser settings. Section "Privacy and Security" → subsection "Tor Windows".
- Help others connect to the Tor network is a new feature added in version 1.47. It allows you to share your own internet connection to help other people connect to the Tor network.
- The item "Use bridges" will allow you to access Tor networks yourself, if one is not available on your device. And if you select the “Snowflake” parameter in this item, access to Tor will be opened precisely by the forces of volunteers who have activated the first item.
Snowflake is a peer-to-peer network traffic connection system created by the Tor project. It combines a proxy server with the WebRTC protocol to automatically assign ephemeral Tor bridges. Privacy and anonymity are the default options here.
This structure makes the lock traversal system much more robust and harder to track down or limit in some way.
Should I share my connection with other users?
There are no known risks associated with running Snowflake proxies. The system does not disclose the data of volunteers. All IP addresses remain private to ensure system functionality.