Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser.
Brave is a privacy-focused browser, which automatically blocks online advertisements and website trackers in its default settings. It also provides users the choice to turn on optional ads if wanted. (I cannot imagine wanting to see ads.) In other words, there are no annoying ads if you use Brave as your browser of choice.
All user data is kept private on the user’s device and is not accessible by any third party. The browsing data is not sent to Brave’s servers, so only the user of the device can see the browsing data. Brave does not gather your personal information and share it with any third party, which is refreshing. The biggest disadvantage to Brave is its current lack of extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins. While browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc. seem to have extensions for almost everything under the sun, Brave’s library is limited to password managers, like Dashlane and LastPass, and a handful of other extensions.
In general, Brave is the better browser with all the extra features it offers and slightly higher performance on Android phones. Google Chrome would still be a worthy competitor if the privacy concerns were absent. These days, everything is an ad. The ad to content ratio on websites has increased exponentially, leaving you with more ads than actual content. Brave Browser blocks all ads by default, and not just ads, it blocks all creepy privacy-invasive trackers too! While Google Chrome tracks your every move, the Brave browser is free of spyware and trackers.
When was the last time you used the Google Chrome browser without blocking ads? It’s almost impossible to do, right? After advertising hit the internet, we knew it was going to be a problem. So, no website can track your movements or steal your cookies and use them against you. Even your browser fingerprint is randomized so that your device cannot be linked when you visit multiple websites.
Google Chrome is a resource hog and we all know it. Numerous memes about Google Chrome literally eating your RAM are not too far from reality. Brave browser also requires fewer resources than Google Chrome, does not eat away RAM, and has better memory management. Not only does this save resources for other applications on your device but it can also save battery, definitely a good reason to switch. Brave is also faster than Chrome.
It can be painful to set up a totally new browser and enter all your passwords and bookmarks again which is why Brave comes with an ‘automatic import’ functionality. This imports every single password, history entry, bookmark, and extension from your other browsers to your Brave profile. So, you can switch from Google Chrome, Opera, or Microsoft Edge to Brave in a single click!
I cannot stress how important an alternative Search Engine has become with Google becoming worse every day. Alright, enough from my side, your turn to switch and discover new ideas and alternatives.
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A BROWSER is an application program that provides a way to look at and interact with all the information on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, videos and images. It searches for information based on the words you type in the cell provided.
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