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NOT IMPRESSED. This is a locked down browser. You cannot add/edit/delete addons; cannot add/edit/delete search engines. Does not list/use the #1 clean (global results) engine IxQuick.EU (not .COM). And there appears to be no way to add it. Misindentifies itself on some sites. More than one report (not all verified) that it is (in one way or another) redistributing user statics and/or data... something Mozilla is now doing as well with the telemtry added/expanded as of v.57.

This is not for people who deplore the You Don't Need To Know sales pitch/spin of Google... and recently Mozilla... or those value their privacy from developers as well as sites. We expected better and it failed to deliver under the hood.

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cannot add/edit/delete search engines.

This has changed. I agree it was a big problem. I kept using it because I saw the potential of the BAT token to be the micro-payment solution we have waited 2 decades for. I will at least be keeping it around as my 2nd browser (after Firefox). Before that was Vivaldi.

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The quiet best alternative to FF. Respects privacy, the shields (panel) it's improved.

4/5

+supports extensions {enough reason to customize it}
+supports "Private Window with Tor"
+UI refreshed to chromium
+good for primary browser
+chromium code {security & performance}

-adblock needs... improvement
-chromium code {privacy}

[Edited by CpaRta, December 17]

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used to be great once but recently they added a bloatware cryptocoin extension BAT which can't be removed

[Edited by iZero, March 29]

read full conversation as the discussion continues

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Maybe you could open a GitHub issue? Also, I understand it's an extension that can't be removed, but bloatware?

yes bloatware, it is something no one asked for and keeps track of your visited sites, and tracking is the main reason users want to leave chrome

Well, I'm going to post for the clarity of other people reading this review that the version of Brave at the time of this writing does have a way to turn Brave Rewards (BAT) off. Furthermore, website tracking in this extension does not report your usage to Brave. It isn't different in any way from your browser keeping a history of visited sites. That is of course, up until the point that you send your BAT to the sites - and you control whether or not that's even sent out. Since it is a crypto token, it can be sent anonymously (although you do need to give Uphold, a third-party exchange, your credentials to buy the token with USD, should you choose to do that). Furthermore, Brave isn't earning money from the exchange of BAT.

In short, I still think this browser is breaking ground and worth everyone giving a try. I'm sorry to see that this has given iZero so much distaste that they won't keep trying the browser out. It's still in it's nascent stages, it's open source, and run by a not-for-profit company, so working with them with this feedback would be way more productive than writing a misleading review.

if there is a way to 'turn it off'- so are ways to turn chrome to more secure one like ungoogled chromium.

"not-for-profit" stops when users are being forced into some crypto BS. moreover if they love BAT so much, they should just make an external extension for it which is NOT INSTALLED by default, and not bake it within itself, this is clearly something no one wanted and you are just finding reasons to justify the product.

edited:my bad, i phrased it 'your product' because you were very defensive about it and almost made me think you work for brave.

[Edited by iZero, March 12]

Since it was phrased as "your product", I feel like I need to explain that I don't work for Brave. I'm not not even a software developer. I have opened and commented on GitHub issues, but I haven't worked on the browser.

As they've explained before with their ad blocking, "baking in" these tools allows for them to write native C+ instead of injecting more JS into the page your viewing. This decreases CPU load for each page.

BAT was always part of the Brave roadmap to not only block ads for users but help websites who rely on that funding find alternative revenue sources. It's a model that gives some license back to the users, unlike ads. Many of us who believe in Brave's mission wanted exactly this; not a better blocker but a new ecosystem that eliminates the ad market as it currently exists.

Chromium is a great browser which I hope iZero enjoys, but it doesn't have native ad-blocking.

also brave is not a not-for-profit company, recently clarified that on their reddit

clearly, the reason behind this browser is not to provide safe, secure and fast ad free experience, but to make a mirage of these and push users into their cryptocurrency platform.
you can also see that they are desperate to get the normie userbase to get using brave by posting google ads, xda ads, youtube ads and sponsoring youtube creators to feature their product.

an average user wont go to alternatives.net to check comments on what people are saying. they would see it as eye candy as soon as they see privacy, adblock, and 100x faster than chrome

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Brave is a pleasure to use when browsing the web. Be that for work or personal reasons. I would like to see more extensions but small price to pay for a great browser like this. I am hopeful more extensions will follow soon.

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A good browser

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A good new brand browser. I already recommended it to my colleagues. For me it was a good replacement for Firefox (but I coupled it with Waterfox)

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I like the security and privacy features, and especially that they're developing a new revenue model that will allow people to move away from the surveillance and tracking based advertising one.

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Recently switched from Google Chrome and while Brace does have a few issues I am already LOVING IT!. The user experience so far is for me super great, i have a great experience browsing the net and working with websites i deal with on a day to day basis.

I will highly recommend this browser.

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Still in dev but already so much POWERFUL

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I like(d) Firefox but since a moment it is buggy and slow to answer, so I wanted to change it. I found Brave during my searches.

It is developped by Brendan Eich (founder of Mozilla Project and JavaScript) and its team.
Brave is based on Chromium engine, Blink. Which is fast and reliable. Personally I have problems with Google so I didn't want Chrome or Chromium, the first is controlled by Google and contains trackers. The second is Open Source yeah but Google has still power on it.

Brave also uses concepts from Mozilla Firefox like the respect of privacy and the open source concept, HTTPS Everywhere (which is needed now), the ability to control what your browser tells about you etc... The plus is in the Built-In Ad Blocker (a great thing)

It also toke some things from Vivaldi or Opera, mainly in the interface. It's clear, pure, you get a wide range for your webpages and signets are still accessible.

The neat thing is also that you can pay webdevs if you block their ads, so they get money and you don't have ads, that's pretty interesting for our actual time where everyone wants to surf without pop-ups from everywhere (and sometimes malwares that come with).
If you choose to see Brave ads so you'll finance the website you're visiting too, because Brave will give funds to them and in future they could pay you to display their ads.

I recommend to everyone to use Brave, because you'll support the project and it will get more functionnalities and extensions. You should visit their website too. Everything is explained in it and how it works. For those who know how to code you can also get a copy of it

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Chromium-based, ad-blocking natively and privacy centric browser, it's awesome. Tor incognito mode and an opt-in revenue sharing ad program, with the profile stored locally to protect your privacy. Why look further?

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People who know about privacy know this is b.s. - there is no more anonymity in Brave than in Chrome if you know what to do and (on the other side) when you know what to track. As for the claim on their homepage no less than it is 20x faster than Chrome or Firefox, b.s., as well I tested it and it doesn't load even 2x times faster.
The biggest con is that the wooper-dooper integrated ad filter is so bad that it breaks pages while at the same time allowing dozens of pop ups and pop unders that even the most basic extension for Firefox or Chrome can block perfectly.
Also, full of small crappy details, such as not being able to change the new tab page which shows a new random image over the interwebs (with no possibility to select the thematic/category at least) and a bean-counter's wet dream of numbers showing how many ads it (absolutely imperfectly) blocked (this tracks all the ads, pretty ironic for a browser bragging about privacy). Just to be clear: this disastrous bloatware new tab is NON NEGOTIABLE, you cannot disable it, not even through under the hood flags. Nothing. Better love to see every time a crappy stock photo and how many ads Brave failed to completely block, Bucko.
In summary, much ado about nothing. At this time it's neither more safe nor faster than any big name browser.

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I love it. It's the best of all mobile browsers! Built-in ad-blocker does it's job.

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Lightweight, no-nonsense, privacy-focused, chromium-based browser. All the extension support and functionality of Chrome without Google breathing down your neck. Not only has built in ad blocking, but even a program to pay users in crypto for watching ads voluntarily. Not as features rich (yet) as some other chromium browsers, but it has all the essentials and none of the bloat.

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Brave Browser is the fastest browser with 100% privacy, no advertisements, adblocking and the possibility to earn money by surfing and accepting very relevant advertisements. Also possible to reward your favorite sites, content creators and publishers.

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It was good when it was released but now with bloatware cryptocoin extension BAT i don't trust a bit and should you not too.

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That's part of their completely optional and transparent ad reimbursement program. The idea is to pay users for watching ads instead of forcing it upon them. Definitely nothing sketchy.