I've been using the Brave web browser for a good 3 months now and I wanted to share with you why I decided to move from Google Chrome and I'll share my the things why I think it’s such a powerful and essential web browser.
What is Brave?
Brave is a relatively new web browser released in November 2019 that offers a safer, faster and better browsing alternative to Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari. It supports content creators through a new attention-based ecosystem of rewards by using Basic Attention Token (BAT), a cryptocurrency.
Why I decided to stop using Google Chrome
I want to start off by sharing the reason why I decided to move away from Google Chrome a few months ago. The main reason being is that I wanted a browser that offers a little more than what Chrome offered to its users. Being a long term user for Chrome I started to become less comfortable with how Chrome monitors your every movement online and serves you ad based on your most recent searches by using trackers. I also just wanted something different.
Things I like about Brave
I downloaded Brave on my laptop and my android phone and I'm surprised how simple it is to use across all of my devices. You get the same functionality as Google Chrome - you get extensions capabilities, a password manager, a dashboard and a simple search bar. I imported all of my bookmarks from Chrome to Brave so I was able to continue browsing the internet quickly and without any problems.
Brave is all about user privacy. It has an active ad and tracker blocker than prevents most ads from appearing on your webpages whenever you are browsing online and Brave prevents autoplay advertisements from appearing making a smoother and faster browsing experience. As you know a lot of sites now use tracking to monitor your online activities and gain your personal information and serves you pop up ads on the internet based on the sites that you have visited. Brave Simply solves this problem with Shield.
Shield is an active ad and tracker blocker that Brave uses. Here is a screenshot below of how many ads and trackers have been blocked since I started using Brave 3 months ago. That's 160 thousand ads and trackers blocked! I'm surprised to see how much it has actually blocked in that duration of time!
What's even better is that Brave doesn't store your personal data, your data stays on your device until you remove the data by removing your history and cached files which means that your data is safe with you.
This brings me to my second point, as you can see I've saved an estimated 2.2 hours in my 3 months of use. All thanks to Braves active ad and trackers blocker always working in the background. Okay, it's not a huge number but if you consider that we are talking about really small numbers when we are talking about browsing speeds you can see how it can make a big difference over a long period of time.
Brave claims to be 6 times faster than Google Chrome and this is mainly because it simply has less content from third party ads to download before you can access a page. Brave is also built on the same foundation as Google Chrome - It uses Chromium code which is an open source software project by Google making it fast.
What I like the most from Brave is how it differentiates itself from the other web browsers by offering rewards to content creators and users. Brave is built on a cryptocurrency called Basic Attention Token (BAT). I get rewarded 0.05 BAT for viewing controlled ads depending on how many I wish to view per hour (Max is 5 per hour). This can be changed by changing the settings.
You can also tip content creators with the BAT that you have earned so it allows you to support the sites that you frequently visit without actually requiring you to put any of your money into your wallet. Brave simply re-uses the money that you have earned to reward content creators. You can do this manually or automatically by changing the settings on your browser.
You can link Brave Rewards to Uphold which is a free crypto wallet and Brave will deposit the amount that you have earned from the previous month directly into your wallet! Win! Over the last 3 months, I've earned $6.39 of BAT for browsing the internet and clicking on the ads! Yes you get real money deposited into your Upload wallet! Although it's not a lot of money that is still better than not receiving anything for the ads that you view and you can see how it can build up over time.
Control your Ads
A great feature of this browser is that you have total control on the Ads that you get. The ads are presented separately as a form of system notification so it's up to you if you want to view it or not. You can turn this feature off completely or keep it. When I'm doing research and find the ad notifications are starting to get irritating I just turn it off and turn it back on when I’m not doing anything important. I have ads on to earn extra BAT for my crypto wallet but you don't have to and that’s what I love about it - you have complete control.
The Review Room Verdict
I think Brave is such a powerful web browser and Brave has made a good job keeping its users information safe. I think with data being one of the most valuable resources we need to do more with protecting our personal information and Brave is doing just that. I can’t wait to see how this browser progresses over time.