Brave Browser: If you’re reading this on your smartphone or laptop, then you might be using Google Chrome as your default web browser. Google’s web browser has always taken the lead in terms of usage and it’s all backed by the right set of features – flexibility, variety of extensions, speed and Google’s addictive ecosystem.
But if you think that Google is getting too involved with the way you do things. Then you need no worry there’s a new web browser that checks all the boxes that Chrome does and then some more. We call it Brave Browser, developed by Brave Software, designed to reduce your footprint on the internet, offering a set of tools that protects you from being continuously tracked.
What is Brave?
Brave blocks cross-site trackers and advertisements. Not only this but all those features using Brave feels similar using Google Chrome. This is because Brave, like its Google counterpart, is also built on the Chromium engine and supports all the extensions and flags as Chrome browser. Brave is cross-platform support, synchronizing between devices and better privacy.
Where Can i Use Brave?
We can use Brave on all major platforms. Just install a web browser on your smartphones running on Android or iOS as well as on you PC running on Linux, macOS etc
How is Brave similar to Chrome
Brave is similar to Chrome is different ways:
- As it built on the same Chromium framework
- Support themes and Chrome extensions
- Inbuilt password manager
- Simple and fast in speed
- Has cross-platform synchronization
Brave VS Chrome:
- It provides TOR-enable privacy mode
- Supports different engine
- Cross-Site Tracking
- Ensures security per website
- Support Chrome extension
Why Should You Use Brave:
By switching sides there are many reasons that we prefer Brave over Google:
Following reasons are listed below:
As we mentioned above Brave looks and feels like Google Chrome. That’s why Brave developers adopting Google Chromium engine that makes it interface just like Google.
Supports Chrome Extensions:
Brave supports all kind of extensions. Browser access all using Google Chrome Web Browser.
Ad and Tracker Blocker:
Perhaps the best thing is that it does not require any third-party extension to ensure browsing security. The built-in ad and tracker blocker cuts off adverts that record your browsing history and at the same time, blocks tracking cookies, fingerprinting and invasive ads.
Customized security settings:
The Brave icon on the address bar lets you personalize security settings of different pages individually. You can select to block fingerprinting attempts and scripts from loading and there’s also an option to lower shields. You can also select which data will be deleted at the end of a browsing session.
You can use Brave on devices running Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, and macOS. If you’re using multiple devices, Brave makes it easier to browse the internet as it synchronizes your activity between your different devices.
Enabled with TOR:
To ad blocking, Brave provides integration with TOR for a more private browsing session. Inside the Private Window with Tor, the browser doesn’t directly connect to the website. Instead, it’ll connect you through a chain of three different computers in the volunteer-run Tor network. That mean, neither your ISP or the government will be able to see which sites you visit because Brave doesn’t connect directly to the site.
Blockchain-based BAT to Contribute to Creators:
Brave also created a Basic Attention Token or BAT system that is given to both publishers and users when viewing ads. This system has been created to balance user privacy, prevent ad tracking and support ad-based revenue that creators rely on. It means that Brave replaces ads on a website with ads of its own.
Tip content creators across social media channels:
Brave users can also contribute to channels on Twitter, YouTube, and Twitch. Tips can be sent quickly and are visible in a creator’s account within minutes of payment. For payments, publishers are paid during the first week of each month.
Faster than Google Chrome:
Different web browsers claim that they’re the fastest in the business. Brave, however, has proven to be surprisingly fast and even zippier than Chrome itself. Brave blocks unnecessary elements from loading up like ads and cross-site trackers. After installing Brave six months ago, the browser saved a total of 2.7 hours as is evident from the home screen and has blocked over 193k ads and trackers to make the internet experience faster.
Pick your own search engine:
Brave lets you select a default search engine of your choice from DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Bing, and StartPage. This will, in turn, boost your privacy since Google will no longer will be able to learn what you’re searching for which in most cases end up getting advertised back to you.
What you’ll hate about Brave
There are so many things to not like about Brave. In fact, if you use a web browser for productive purposes, there’s no chance to make the switch to Brave. But if we’re nitpicking, there will be a few things that might concern you.
Native theming options are minimal:
If we talked about compatibility with Chrome Theme store, Brave’s own theme support is minimal. Users can select between light, dark, and auto and cannot customize the default themes.
Ad-blocking could hurt your revenue if you’re a publisher:
While Brave is designed to provide the best browsing experience for an end-user, but at the same time it will affect you monetarily since it blocks most of the ads that are placed on your website. The presence of an ad-blocker will mean few people will see ads on your site. As a result drop in income if you’re in the online content business.
Brave offers a completely new approach to the way you browse as you’ll begin seeing few ads with even fewer trackers to chase you while you move from one site to the other. Make sure advertisers no longer hold the right cards and anything that makes them uncomfortable is a step in the right direction.
Have you ever use Brave Browser? How was your experience been since switching from Chrome? Let us know in the comment section below.
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