Brave Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Current browser version which uses Electron as their background for drawing UI is a very bad idea.
That why their browser is slow. And always will be slow and sluggish. But I saw that they started to develop a NATIVE user interface and allowing to use addons. This is a pretty good start. But they are not different to Google Chrome or Opera in this way then.

Personally, I do not use the browser. But it has the potential to grow.

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It is changing quickly and this review is based on a version that is being replaced. The blocking of ads and trackers by default makes it something that we can recommend to people over Chrome. I usually suggest Firefox and some add-ons.

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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Still beta so I hope to remember to come back next year to update the review. It is changing so quickly that for now you probably want to ignore reviews that are more than a few months old.

Note: This is the review for the new version based on Chrome.

The great thing is it blocks ads and trackers by default. Unfortunately some sites don't work so you end up turning off your shields for the whole site when I would rather just allow a few things through. So I still recommend uMatrix for that. Brave needs more detailed blocking.

Another good thing is you can tip websites and YouTubers (and soon Twitter users) with the Brave Attention Token using the wallet that is built into the browser. And at this time they are still giving out a few bucks worth of tokens to Brave users to get the ball rolling.

Unfortunately with the move to Chrome base they took away the ability to pin a percentage of your monthly Brave Rewards payout. This makes the almost worthless as you could end up sending your money to places you would rather not and others that you want to reward not getting much at all. If they don't bring that back I will be unable to recommend this to others and will recommend disabling Auto-Contribute.

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Privacy and spped are awsome, plus it's not a simple adblocker, as it reward content creator with a donation wallet!

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Brave isn't. It's BRAZENLY selling you out

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It uses the same perverse "accetable ads" model of evil wladimir palants Eyeo platform:

selling whitelisting to third party advertisers

THIS HURTS YOU

The only acceptable ads? NONE are acceptable. Hence ad BLOCKING.

"brave" is not intellectually honest, or particularly moral.

AVOID

[Edited by disembowelingADware, March 27]

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I guess you don't know about what you talk. Take this like because I find this fun. Read their site first ^^

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It is a Chromium based browser with a horrible UI.

Chromium itself isn't that bad if it doesn't cause issues where HTML5 videos jitter to the left and right which it does for me so I can't use it.

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