You can say that it is a newcomer and it has not been in the market for a while but at the same time it has affected the market and users a lot with all its offerings and simple yet useful features.
It was prominently launched for computer users and yes, it has its own reputation now in the market. When it comes to mobile users it is beginning to pick up the pace and eventually getting the attention that it deserves. Yes, one could say that the Brave browser is the probable replacement of Chrome, or we can say is the real competitor of Chrome.
Brave Browser Guide
Just like most the well-performing browsers, this one is also based on Google’s open-source code i.e. Chromium. So, this way you can expect it to offer plenty of features and well-optimized options or customization for the users which is great.
Is brave a better browser?
It’s highly secure
Whenever you use a browser, make sure that you are secure and all your data is secure while you are browsing because these days hackers and intruders are just all over the internet which makes the regular or common users unsafe because some of us do fall for their claims and eventually get hacked.
Brave not only claims that it is the safest browser but also has proven and eventually it also satisfies all the constitutional laws all over the world which make it even better because we have seen many browsers getting banned in countries for transmitting data of the users.
It is loaded with lots of features which ensure your security the whole time you are browsing, you might not know but the value of your identity and legal data is way too valuable, important and eventually it has a price tag in the dark web which is more than you can imagine.
The brave shield is a feature in the browser which takes care of your security while you are browsing.
Brave shield basically has all the options at one place regarding security, privacy and protection which allows the user to switch it on or off without even searching for a particular option.
Following are the features listed or available within the brave shield:
- Brave script blocker
- HTTPS upgrade
- Tracker Blocker
- Finger enabled security system also available
- Cookies blocker
- Cross-site device recognition
In this era of an expensive and competitive market, services or the applications are just blindly increasing the price charges of their product which is quite obvious but it gets quite annoying when you are overcharged.
But, when you are in search of a good browser that is free, you don’t have to worry because Brave browser is absolutely free and surely it will impress you while you use it because it is perfectly optimized and can do every single job for you.
It just feels premium and you will surely feel that you’ve paid for the browser because of so many features but luckily it is absolutely free in all the platforms.
It is faster than all the browsers in the market
Yes, you can easily say that it is probably the fastest browser in the market currently because of its powerful Ad-blocker and many security norms or so-called it just boosts up the browsing and overall experience for the user in the browser which is great because you need your work to be done in less time which this browser can surely do for you.
We already know that the brave browser is based on chromium which is already good enough and let me tell you that if you are one of the chrome users then the experience is going to be quite identical and satisfactory as well.
Chromium is probably the best and in addition, the brave browser also features a strong Ad-blocker and other special features in Brave Shield which does the job for you as a user in a perfect manner for enhancing the speed and performance of the browser.
So, let’s take a look at stats i.e. the speed that I got while I tested the browser opening few of the websites in my system.
Hence, you can rest assured that you are getting good speed while browsing and absolutely no lags or bugs in the UI of the browser.
Rewards for the users
The brave browser features a mode where the user can turn the on the ad blocker and in this feature the user will get to see few of the classified ads which are mostly privacy protected, it ensures that none of the ads viewed is malicious or rigid.
So when you turn the ad-blocker on in the brave browser, the amount of earning is divided into two parts i.e. one part goes to the user’s reward that is the brave rewards and the second part goes to the developers or the officials. The share is 85% and 15% respectively for the users and officials, further, the users can also claim the rewards and transfer it directly into the bank account or crypto wallet.
Easy to use
If you are one of the users who is used to the good old Chrome or any other basic Chromium-based browser then it is for sure that none of you are going to face any kind of issues which is just amazing
Blocks away all the Ads
There are times when you will notice that some of the ads just get stuck in the webpage and eventually does not allow you to make any functions within the browser, which further results in restarting the whole Browser which is very irritating.
These kinds of things will happen to you when you are not using a Browser which is well optimized or Browser without an ad blocker.
Also, Ads tend to decrease the speed of the browser while you are browsing so this time you can expect optimal and stable speed while you are using the brave browser.
The Ad-blocker in the Brave browser is way too powerful and eventually which helps you to enjoy the browser and feel the best browsing experience. In addition, it is well optimized which will easily block away from any rigid pop-up or Ad.
Also in the dashboard on the home screen of the brave browser, you can view the number of ads and tracks blocked which is quite interesting.
However, there are website owners who use locally hosted Ads through banners which the brave browser can’t remove or block. Also, these kinds of ads won’t bother you at all because they are used as a banner which will surely make no difference in the browsing experience of the user.
How to use the brave browser?
Customize the dashboard
The dashboard is the front page or the front screen of the browser which you see the time you open up the browser.
In brave browser, one can see that it is pretty basic yet attractive at the same time, at the right corner you can see the big digital clock which you can hide if you want to. Then below that, you will see the brave reward manager or we can say it as a card which you can also disable.
Below that, you will have the shortcut keys to settings, customize the dashboard, view history and manage bookmarks, which is quite handy.
In the left side of the dashboard you can see brave stats at the top which shows the amount of time you have saved, the number of Ads blocked and amount of data saved. Below that you will see the top sites you have visited. In addition, you can also disable all those and make the dashboard clean.
One thing you can’t really remove is the banner Ads that run in your dashboard which is not even noticeable while you open up. Below is a screenshot of an Ad.
Go through the appearance settings to customize the browser
So, look and feel of the brave browser is already way too good and surely is up-to the mark, still one can customize according to their self needs
However, the following are the settings.
- Brave colours which allow you to choose the main colour of the browser i.e. either dark or light. I prefer it in dark mode.
- Themes option will directly take you to the chrome web-store from where you can choose your favourite theme and apply it on the brave browser.
- Home button option will let you set whether you have to go to a specific page or the default home page in the browser.
- Address bar settings will let you make it either wide or short then it also lets you set whether to suggest auto-fill or not and lastly option to get a suggestion from brave itself.
- Bookmarks option let you select whether to view bookmarks on the webpage or not.
- Fonts setting lets you select the appropriate style you want in your browser in addition with page zoom and font-size also.
Brave Browser Settings
This is another special feature available in the brave browser which allows you to turn on all the security options while you are browsing in the brave browser.
Basically this feature has all the options at one place regarding security privacy and protection which allows the user to switch it on or off without even searching for a particular option.
Note: I would recommend you to turn all the security system on but there are also flaws so make sure you are smart enough.
Brave script blocker
You might have noticed that there are some unwanted files which automatically come into your system while you visit a website, be it an authorized one or an unauthorized one.
So, the brave Script blocker blocks all the scripts i.e. the unwanted cookies or data which is absolutely useless.
It tends to disable all the malicious cookies or we can say viruses to enter the system which is very impressive.
This feature helps you a lot as a user because it finds out a secure path for you on the internet which is very impressive.
Basically this feature prevents you from visiting unauthorized websites which are not at all secure and instantly block away from that particular website which is quite impressive at times.
Also in addition to that, it does not only secure the data of yours by blocking you away from malicious and harmful websites but also takes you to the secure version of that particular website at times when needed.
All this happens automatically and at the end, this feature ensures that all the security protocols and norms are functioning perfectly for the safety of your data and information in your system.
Tracks are basically the pathway through which you have visited a website.
Brave blocks all the tracks because of obvious reasons. So, whenever you visit a website, there are chances that tracks may lead the hackers or sometimes the website owner or even your ISP to acquire your personal data and information from your device.
So, tracker blocker in the Brave browser blocks away all the tracks through which a user can get hacked.
So, once you have turned the brave rewards on you can enjoy rewards by watching some Ads from brave itself. Brave uses BAT here i.e. Basic Attention Token
Further one can also contribute websites or content creators.
This feature can be managed in the brave rewards option in the settings gear where you can set the number of Ads you want to see per hour and so on.
Tokens can only be earned by two ways and i.e. adding it from the Crypto wallet manually or viewing Ads in the brave browser also sometimes Brave tends to reward tokens.
After you have some limited amount of tokens in your wallet, you can also go on and switch to the auto contribute option where you will have to set the amount needed to be contributed per month to the particular website.
Also, the website should have joined the publisher’s program which will help the websites to earn more money and also generate rewards for users.
Note: this feature totally depends upon you whether you need to turn the Ads on or whether you have to contribute or not so there is no pressure at all.
Brave Browser App
Most of the settings you will find here are similar to that of the PC version which is quite obvious. Also, the UI is as refined as the other versions which makes it easy for the user to have a proper idea about the mobile version.
The Ad viewing system in the mobile version is quite different and that would be like a notification in the mobile which can be clicked or ignored and also it is optimized so you don’t have to worry at all.
Also, you can use brave rewards here to contribute and all of the features that you can find in a typical and good mobile browser is present in the Brave browser which is good.
Best settings for the brave browser
Brave shield management
This is probably the best setting or feature in the browser because from here you can just control all the privacy and security systems which is just awesome.
Not only you can turn on and off all the security features i.e. tracker blocker, HTTPS upgrade and so on. But you can also go on and select the type you want to keep it in i.e. advanced or simple view. I would suggest you keep it in simple view because that way it’s easy.
- Keep the tracker blockers to the standard level which is good enough.
- Then you will see upgrade HTTPS and block scripts turn both of the options on.
- Next is cookie blocking, select the option to the only cross-site which is decent enough.
- Fingerprint blocking makes sure you have selected a standard otherwise it is going to function quite abnormally and eventually breaking of sites can occur when setting to the strict level.
- Last is Look and Feel turn it off or on it is up to you.
Few settings for a better browsing experience
Social media blocking
Basically here you can go on and let the social media platforms show their login button in other platforms such as any other 3rd party sites showing login buttons for social media platforms.
There will be an option for allowing Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn posts and login buttons. All you have to do is just turn off the LinkedIn one and you are good to go.
Here you can select the search engine that you want to use while you browse be it Yahoo or Google, it is all up to you.
Further, if you want any search engine to use that is not listed in the manager then just go on and add the link in the manager and you can use the search engine further as a default one or change it later also.
Script blocker management
Many users think that turning on the script blocker doesn’t allow users to access many websites which are false rather when you turn it off the websites that you visit may function unusually like dysfunctional icons and all which is quite annoying and believe me you won’t like it.
I would always recommend you to turn the script blocker or java scripts on for the good experience.
Extension settings and management
There is not much to do here but if you turn the hangouts, web torrent, and widevine off then it would be better, and eventually, you won’t face any kind of issues while you are browsing.
Brave Browser FAQs
Is the brave browser safe?
Yes, it is one of the most secure browsers out there in the market currently with many advanced features which is just amazing.
Is the brave browser better than Chrome?
The answer would be yes but at some instances it is also a no because there are some features which are not present in the Brave browser and vice versa. But, when you are comparing it in overall then I would easily recommend Brave over Chrome any-day because of obvious reasons i.e. security and privacy factors.
When it comes to extensions and all one can surely find that indeed Chrome is better but, once you have used the Brave browser, you will surely love it and eventually stick to it as well.
Is the brave browser a virus?
No, absolutely not; rather it tackles the viruses which can enter your system through the web. Basically, there is a feature which just blocks suspicious websites with malicious contents and eventually this way it tackles viruses which is quite impressive.
Is the brave browser owned by Google?
No, it is Brave Software Inc. but indeed one can say that it is based on Google’s open source code i.e. Chromium.
Who owns the brave browser?
Brave browser is owned by Brave Software Inc. and the brave software was launched in 2015 by Brendan Eich and Brian Bondy.
What is the safest browser to use?
There is no doubt that Brave browser is probably the safest of all the browsers in the market currently because of all the security features in it and especially, the brave shield does the perfect job while you are surfing in the web. HTTPS upgrade, Script blocker, tracker blocker these are few of the features which ensure your security in the brave browser.
How does the brave make money?
Unlike other browsers in the market, Brave doesn’t allow the websites to view the Ads which is good for the users. But when it comes to earning the main revenue comes from Ads but when it comes to the brave browser, it uses BAT which means Basic Attention Token.
Basically, instead of paying the publishers directly, users get rewarded by watching some of the optimized Brave Ads which is further divided between the users and Brave officials. Also you can purchase BAT from which Brave’s official can earn some amount.
Can I withdraw BAT from brave?
Yes, any of the users can withdraw BAT from the brave rewards option either to their Crypto wallet or to their bank account. In addition, one can also directly go on and contribute to the creators in the brave program.