The privacy browser Brave will collaborate with the internet archive The Wayback Machine, writes the archive in a blog post. When users search for a website that is off the air, they will see an old version of the website.
The Wayback Machine is a website that shows old versions of websites. The archive consists of 900 billion archived URLs and 400 billion archived websites; for example, you can look back at what NU.nl looked like in 1999.
"The web is vulnerable," writes The Wayback Machine in the blog post. "We've all come across the dreaded error code 404 'Page not found'. Is there any hope of ever seeing that webpage again?"
If Brave users end up on a website that is off the air, Brave now gives them the option to view an old version of the website. Users can then choose from different screenshots that have been made of the website over the years and thus still have access to the information on the site.
The internet archive checks for fourteen HTTP error codes, including the notorious '404 page not found'. The function also works for error messages 408, 410, 451, 500, 502, 503, 504, 509, 520, 521, 523, 524, 525 and 526.
Those who do not use the Brave browser can also use the internet archive in the internet browsers Safari, Chrome and Firefox via extensions.
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