All of us use the browsers frequently and wish to use it safely. Nowadays there many features embedded into the browsers but we find only a few of the internet browsers reliable and secure for our daily usage.
Brave vs DuckDuckGo
What Is a Brave Browser?
Brendan Eich is a well-known character who stands out among other things for:
- A co-founder of the Mozilla project.
Therefore, the people behind this browser are known, they have a good purpose and in my case, they inspire confidence in me. It is a browser capable of blocking ads and online trackers and protects the privacy of its users by sharing less data with its advertisers.
Although details remain to be polished, it is a browser that offers unique features and this makes it a browser worth using. Some of the features are those that we will see next.
I’ve been using a great browser for months now. On Android and iOS, it is undoubtedly the best browser we can use, while on Linux, Windows, or macOS it still lacks to keep up with chrome. We will discuss it in detail.
What Is DuckDuckGo?
In addition to being an anonymous search engine that does not store information about us, DuckDuckGo offers its own mobile browser, for iOS and Android, known as DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser, which is focused on protecting us from the bad practices of certain web pages.
The app functions just like you would expect and we found no problems viewing media-rich sites like YouTube and Twitter. The address bar works as an integrated search bar for DuckDuckGo.com, the browser’s native search engine that yields impressive search results but without phoning home every query you make to Google headquarters.
In fact, the group promises that they never keep any search history whatsoever on any of its users. Remember that embarrassing query you made last week on Google? Unless you changed your settings manually to tell Google specifically not to remember, then they absolutely did remember and will use that to target you with ads.
With DuckDuckGo, privacy is the default, not an opt-in feature you have to find yourself. Other handy features include automatic data clearing, light and dark themes, and Google-free search autocomplete.
On desktops and mobile devices, Brave Browser has a responsive and agile interface that is easy to understand and navigate. Everything is logically placed and nothing is too unknown, but Brave still introduces some innovations, especially on mobile devices.
The tabs are at the top, followed by the address bar, which is flanked by navigation controls on one side and buttons for settings, your profile, Brave rewards, and shields (more on those in the security section) in the other one. There’s 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, as well as change the browser’s color scheme between light and dark or make it match your operating system.
On mobile devices, your bookmarks, history, and settings are in the top left menu next to the address bar. Compared to other mobile browsers, it is easy to manage, edit and delete bookmarks, as well as create folders for them.
The “shields” menu is on the other side of the address bar and gives you the same kind of information as on the desktop, including blocked ads, trackers, and scripts, as well as the ability to turn security settings on and off.
You can enable a tab bar that displays below the address bar, which is a great feature that is missing from other mobile browsers. That means you don’t have to go into the tab menu to navigate, which is great.
You can also set the tab bar to only show when your device is in landscape mode. Also, you can close all tabs by holding down the normal tab menu button for a few seconds.
Brave supports a host of additional search engines by default, including DuckDuckGo itself! Not to mention the fact that you can also add other search engines quite easily.
When it comes to aesthetics, DuckDuckGo hasn’t done a very good job. By default, the interface of DuckDuckGo is white and you can only switch between dark and light themes. So, if you have your hopes high with the DuckDuckGo privacy browser, then probably you will be disappointed.
However, DuckDuckGo has all the basic things you might want in a browser. DuckDuckGo fully supports tabs, with a convenient tab switcher that helps you easily move between tabs. This helps above all to offer a perfect browsing experience, as with any other browser on mobile.
The user interface here is very similar to that of the chrome browser and if you are switching from Chrome to DuckDuckGo then you won’t feel any major differences.
A sad thing is that many webpages were not affected by the dark theme of the browser, it remained white as usual. I hope the developers are aware of this and will fix this. Till then, if you are a fan of the trending dark mode then it might disappoint you.
Of course, the search engine also has a role in the user interface. An interesting thing I found about the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser is that DuckDuckGo uses its own search engine. But that’s where the disparities between the two browsers start to show up.
DuckDuckGo, doesn’t allow you to switch to another search engine – well, for the obvious reasons. Although it never crawls you or serves custom searches, so you can’t expect it to give you the most useful searches, especially when compared to Google.
Although you can still manually load another search engine using DuckDuckGo, it is a pain since you cannot search directly from the address bar. With Brave, the added functionality could be very useful.
In Brave vs DuckDuckGo, Brave browser has done an excellent job of putting you in the mood for private browsing. Aesthetics is another of the strengths of this program that wants to rob Google of its hegemony. Although without a doubt, Google offers a very attractive aesthetic for any user, Brave’s is not far behind. In addition, the latter offers an interesting dark mode on all the platforms it is available on.
In addition, it is also a very versatile tool in terms of customization options. Among others, you can choose the search engine, although DuckDuckGo is the default because it is the most secure. You can also choose a wallpaper from the Brave Web Store, with many alternatives: from abstract art to wonderful landscapes.
It comes with many beautiful background pictures that change every time you open the application. There is an option to switch between dark and light themes as well.
But as you know, Brave is a chromium-based browser, so you will get innumerable themes on the chrome webstore. You can install any theme from there and it will be reflected in your Brave browser immediately.
This is an area where DuckDuckGo might lag behind the Brave Browser. Though it has a minimalist UI, it lacks many of the customization features like that in Brave. You won’t be able to do much how it looks. In the themes section, you can only switch between the light and dark mode.
Meanwhile, DuckDuckGo features a completely light theme by default and also allows you to switch to a dark theme.
This is kind of a con, especially if you are a fan of themes. You won’t be able to change to anything other than dark and white. Also, note that the dark mode here doesn’t apply to the webpages. This might be an upset for dark theme fans here. But, if you are a minimalist (like I am) and don’t care much about the themes and customization, DuckDuckGo won’t be a bad option at all.
DuckDuckGo also doesn’t support any external third party theme.
Features – Brave Vs DuckDuckGo
|Extension and Plugins||Yes||No|
|In-built VPN support||Yes||No|
|Upgrades to HTTPS||Yes||Yes|
|Multiple Profiles Support||Yes||No|
|Multiple platform device sync||Yes||No|
|User and Developer rewards||Yes||No|
|Built-in password manager||Yes||No|
Brave stands out especially for its Turbo function, which allows you to load pages at a higher speed on slow or congested networks. This is possible because the functionality compresses web traffic and routes it through it’s servers.
It stands out for its great speed and good performance on PC, but uses more battery consumption in laptops with Windows 10.
From my experience I can say that in the mobile version Brave is as fast as Firefox or Chrome, I do not notice a difference.
As for the desktop version, in my case, Brave works very fast, more than with chromium and firefox. I repeat, it is my experience, not the absolute truth or a technical study, this is a personal opinion blog. As for stability, it seems more stable than Firefox, Brave has never failed me in that sense as Firefox did.
While Google’s site loaded using DuckDuckGo showed 1.8Mb on the internet speed meter, Brave stays at 1.24Mb. Consequently, the Brave browser has a better loading speed.
In addition, it does not support banner ads and ad trackers, allowing a website to load, it claims on its website, up to 8 times faster. But, despite these advertising restrictions, the ‘brave’ browser allows the display of textual ads in the search result in Google and other types of less weighty and intrusive content.
DuckDuckGo is a great browser that combines extensive features and an easy-to-use interface with great performance and robust security and privacy controls. Apart from its slow refresh rate, there are no major downsides.
Though DuckDuckGo is a bit slower than the Brave, it’s not really noticeable. The difference is just a few milliseconds and the more you use the browser, the better it will get.
Since DuckDuckGo doesn’t block the tracing and most of the website cache, it becomes faster than other browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and others.
Both the Brave and the DucKDuckGo do a great job at speed and you won’t have a complaint about any of them, at least in this parameter.
Brave browser is developed keeping in mind the privacy of the user. Which is the reason why it is available on a limited number of operating systems? The fact that user privacy is considered a guiding principle in the Brave Manifesto should give you a clear picture of their situation. A bit disappointing if you are a ubuntu user. It is available for:
As with the Brave browser, the DuckDuckDuckGo privacy browser is only available for mobile – Android and iOS. However, it’s not like you need one on a desk. If you do, you can use the DuckDuckGo extension in your favorite browser.
Extensions and Plugins
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 a large number of 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.
Because DuckDuckGo is solely available on android, you can’t do much when it comes to Extensions and Plugins. You won’t be able to use any extensions and plugins at all. In fact, users are confined to what they have. This can be a downside of this browser. But again, if you are someone who doesn’t need an extension or plugin and only want to use the browser for your privacy, the DuckDuckGo is not a bad option to go with. It is minimal and just gets the work done.
Privacy and Tracking
Although Brave is based on Chromium, which sends data to Google, the developers have stripped it of that feature, similar to the “UnGoogled Chromium” project.
That said, there are services in Brave that collect your data, but most are disabled by default, such as the prediction service for search and web page loading.
As I mentioned, the browser uses Google Safe Browsing, which is enabled by default and sends parts of your browsing data to Google for analysis.
In theory, this information is anonymous, but it’s entirely possible for Google to cross-reference multiple requests to determine which websites you’ve been visiting. Therefore, you must decide if the protection is worth the loss of privacy.
The browser supports Tor, which is rare. However, unlike the Tor Browser, it does not allow you to see where each node is located on the Tor relay you are connected to nor does it give you the same level of control over the connection. Still, it’s a nice extra, and Brave has the pace of the Tor browser in most other respects.
Brave protects you from trackers and blocks third-party cookies and cache data collecting by default. The handy “shields” menu makes it easy to activate and deactivate those protections and control how much they are doing.
The company’s privacy statement is clear and concise.
It says that Brave never collects your data, with the exception of safe browsing and prediction services, which can be disabled. Even ad personalization through the Brave Rewards program is done locally on your device without sending the analysis results to Brave or the advertiser.
DuckDuckGo offers a unique approach to anti-tracking thanks to the use of a classification system. Load a site and you will see a score next to the address bar, indicating the rating given by the browser on a scale from “A” to “E”. As always, DuckDuckGo reserves an “A” for sites that commit to best privacy practices. However, as trackers are present almost everywhere, you should rarely see a score like this.
Tap on the score and the browser will take you to the Privacy Control Panel, which provides more information about a site.
The best that most sites can hope for is “B +”.
The browser uses various criteria to determine the grade of a site. First, determine if the site uses an encrypted connection. Then comes the number of trackers in use, and how much things have improved with DuckDuckGo’s anti-tracking capabilities.
Finally, the rating also evaluates the clear privacy policies and ethical practices established according to the Terms of Service; I did not read. Typically, most sites are designated “Unknown Privacy Practices” due to clarity issues, but the browser does a great job of pointing out those with pervasive practices.
The Privacy Dashboard will definitely raise some eyebrows.
DuckDuckGo also allows you to disable privacy protection anywhere you want. However, use the rating system to determine if it really is a good idea. The browser also denotes the range that would otherwise be given without the anti-tracking modules in place.
You can check the number of trackers blocked, as well as what DuckDuckGo thinks about privacy policies on various sites, with a brief tap on the corresponding section within the privacy control panel.
Overall, DuckDuckGo does a terrific job not only at blocking ad trackers but also putting in a lot of information about the privacy practices of sites that we would otherwise take for granted.
Pros and Cons
|Syncs with desktop browser||Same security-holes as Chrome|
|Supports the latest web standards||Uses much more battery power than other browsers|
|Built-in Adblock||No reader view|
|Tor is available right in the browser|
|Supports Chrome Web Store|
|Built-in torrent client|
|Very protective of user privacy||No date information in search results|
|Allows searching from specific sites using bangs||Doesn’t do personalized searches|
|Ads are non-obstructive and don’t track you||No Customization support|
|Can disable ads||No support for extensions|
|Lets you watch YouTube videos from the site||App only available on smartphones|
Is the Brave browser really private?
As far as data tracking is concerned, yes Brave is completely private. It only tracks the size of the data that it saved for you while you were browsing.
Is the DuckDuckGo really secure?
Yes. DuckDuckGo is one of the safest browsers you will find, partly because it has its own DuckDuckGo search engine.
Is Brave really secure?
Yes, using Brave is safe and secure, and it comes with several great security and privacy measures that you don’t always get with browsers.
Is DuckDuckGo dark web?
No. DuckDuckGo is not a dark web and neither does it have any link with it.
Does Google own DuckDuckGo?
No. Google doesn’t own DuckDuckGo. It is owned by Duck Duck Go, Inc.
I have been using it for some time now, and the truth is that I am very happy with both of these browsers.
Both Firefox Focus and DuckDuckGo are not completely privacy-oriented in any way. They lack the more advanced browser features that you are used to. But, they are two of the best at what they offer – privacy on your phone. However, it is not so easy to call one of the browsers a clear winner, as it totally depends on personal preferences.
Are you a little paranoid about your digital privacy? Are you uncomfortable by the major search engines for their unethical practices? Do you want to see how reliable your favorite sites are? So DuckDuckGo is an obvious fit.
On the other hand, if you want decent privacy, loads of features, pleasing user interface, and rewards, ad blocker then Brave should be your browser of choice.