The Brave browser works in the same way as Firefox, but is open-source and free. It also protects users’ privacy. Brave, the new browser, is relatively unknown in the web browser world. It was launched by Brave Software back in January 2016. This article will compare the Firefox browser to Brave in three areas: utility, privacy and portability.
Security and Privacy
Security and privacy
Private Browsing mode
Blocks third-party tracking cookies by default
Blocks cryptomining scripts
Blocks social trackers
Google’s open-source Chromium code is the basis of Brave, as well many other browsers. Anyone can open-source the code to create whatever they like, such as the Opera or Edge browsers. It doesn’t necessarily mean all Chromium browsers can be used or that they are open-source.
Brave is different from other Chromium browsers in that it focuses on privacy. This includes blocking scripts and trackers as well as ads. Brave will not display advertisements in areas that normally would. Sometimes pages won’t load correctly. In these cases, you will need to choose another browser.
Display advertisements are a large part of the Internet’s cost. This keeps you from seeing any content that is paid for. Brave is trying to change this system by inviting its users to sign up for Brave’s reward program, which, in fact, it its own advertising platform. Brave will show what they refer to as “privacy respecting ads”, for which users can view and then earn what they call the Basic Attention Token, a.k.a. A BAT. Brave users have the option to use their BATs for support of the websites or contributors that they care about.
This will depend on how much you hate the internet’s display advertising. Internet users are well aware that advertising is expensive and that quality content can be costly.
The flip side is that we like to keep it simple with Firefox. Firefox prevents many third-party trackers, fingerprinting trackers, and cryptominers from following your every move by default. Firefox does not block display ads, except in Private Browsing Mode. This is unless you have an extension specifically made for this purpose.
Brave has a number of security features that are worth noting, including its automatic HTTPS connections upgrades. Firefox offers this feature by extension. Both Firefox and Brave offer a native password manger as well as the possibility to view their security statistics at any time. When you open a new Tab, Brave shows stats such as the number trackers that it has blocked. Similar information is displayed by Firefox when you click the shield at the address bar to view the privacy report.
Bottom line: While Brave’s basic revenue model using Basic Attention Tokens might be too complicated for many users, both Brave browsers and Firefox offer several ways to have a private and secure browsing experience.