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Brave Browser Review
Brave browser review was launched in January 2016. Based on Chromium, it emphasizes security and privacy without sacrificing features or performance.
This Brave review will give you an idea if it achieves those goals.
Is It Worth Using
- Brave is available on desktop for Windows 7 and later, for macOS X 10.10 and later. Also, for Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSUSE, and Fedora Linux distributions.
- On mobile devices, the browser requires at least Android 4.1 or iOS 12.0.
Here is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of this browser:
- Packed with features
- You can use most Chrome extensions
- Good security and privacy features.
- Low refresh rate
- You can only sync bookmarks between devices
- The mobile and desktop versions of Brave include a built-in ad blocker, saving you the hassle of installing a third-party extension.
- You can also set up a “sync chain” between your devices to share your bookmarks.
- Instead of forcing you to create an account like most browsers, Brave achieves this by using unique verification codes in text and QR form.
- Unfortunately, however, the “timing chain” is limited to bookmarks.
- “Brave rewards” is probably the most exciting feature of Brave. It’s the company’s initiative to change the way online advertising works, and it’s a thought-provoking idea.
- Pays users who choose to view ads 70 per cent of the revenue generated.
- Payments are with an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency called Basic Attention Tokens. It can be used to tip registered Brave content creators.
- You can also set up automatic donations to the websites you visit, specify how many ads you want to see per hour, and customize how much page time counts as a visit.
Features in the desktop version
- Because Brave is based on Chromium, you can make use of its extensive library of extensions.
- Not all of them will work, but generally, as long as the extension doesn’t do anything with the interface, it will work.
- That exponentially increases what the browser can do because you can add many features through extensions.
- There are also extensions built into the browser. WebTorrent allows the browser to download torrents without using a separate client.
- That’s useful if you only torrent occasionally, but more frequent downloaders will prefer something like uTorrent because the functionality of WebTorrent is basic. It only allows you to start and stop a torrent.
- A nice but unusual feature of Brave is the ability to block social media content embedded on other websites.
- That includes individual settings for the Google and Facebook login buttons, as well as built-in posts from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- That’s especially good if you’re setting up your browser for work and want to eliminate distractions.
Features on mobile devices
- One cool feature of the mobile version of Brave is the ability to convert any website to a .pdf file.
- Although most web pages are poorly translated into .pdf format, switching to “reader mode” before conversion significantly improves conversion.
- You can even do a basic edit of the .pdf in the browser, including adding a signature.
- There is also a desktop mode that prevents websites from giving you the mobile-optimized version.
- Although you can add any search engine you want on the desktop on mobile, you are limited to Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Qwant, and StartPage, but that’s not a wrong selection.
Easy to use
- Brave has a responsive and agile interface that is easy to understand and navigate on desktops and mobile devices.
- Everything is logically placed, and nothing is too unknown, but Brave still introduces some innovations, especially on mobile devices.
Ease of use on desktop computers
- There is nothing unusual about the desktop interface, and anyone who has used Chromium-based browsers, such as Chrome or Opera, will find Brave familiar.
- The tabs are at the top, following by the address bar, which is flanking by navigation controls on one side and buttons for settings.
- Your profile, Brave rewards, and shields (more on those in the security section). There is no tab scrolling, and while you can pin tabs, you can’t put them in groups.
- You can customize parts of how the browser looks and feels because you can use Chrome’s many themes and change the browser’s color scheme between light and dark or make it match your operating system.