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Brave browser and Internet Archive team up to revive dead pages

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The web browser, Brave, now has a feature that revives dead web pages with the help of Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine which stores snapshots of billions of web pages. As time goes on, more and more pages go offline and can cause a bit of a headache for those who need access such as people doing research that are digging into source materials. With Brave 1.4, users will be offered the option to be routed to Wayback Machine’s archived page if the original fails to load.

In a statement, Internet Archive said:

“By default, [Brave] now offers users one-click access to archived versions of Web pages that might otherwise not be available. Specifically we are checking for 14 HTTP error codes in addition to the 404 (page not found) condition, including: 408, 410, 451, 500, 502, 503, 504, 509, 520, 521, 523, 524, 525, and 526.”

This is not the first time that these two entities have worked together. Back in 2017, Internet Archive announced that it had begun accepting Brave’s BAT micropayments just months after the new system was launched.

If you don’t use Brave but like the idea of being redirected to archived pages, you can download the Wayback Machine extension for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Once installed, you’ll receive a pop-up from the extension asking if you want to see the archived page.

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