I've used Brave for 6 months so far. Below is a comparison between Brave and Google Chrome in terms of speed, privacy, and security.
First—What is Brave?
- Instead of re-making a browser from the ground up, Brave used the same technology as Chrome (the chromium engine) while making small tweaks to increase speed, privacy, and security.
- Unlike Chrome, Brave blocks ads and trackers by default.
- As a concrete example—if you see an ad below, you're not using Brave.
- Blocking ads is not only visually appealing, but also saves loading time (noticeably).
- Below is a speed test between Brave, Chrome, and Firefox.
- Brave's speed increase is especially noticeable on sites with heavy tracking (ex: news sites) and sites with content-blocking video ads (ex: YouTube).
- Brave tracks the time it saves you, and displays it when you open the browser.
- Brave blocks 3rd-party tracking by default.
- On Chrome, mega-advertisers like Google and Facebook track you with 3rd-party cookies on nearly every website.
- By blocking 3rd-party cookies, Brave limits the amount of data Facebook, Google, and other ad networks can collect about your browsing habits.
- Brave stores all your browsing data locally on your computer, which means you can delete it at any time.
- Brave supports Tor browsing, making it the first all-purpose browser to do so.
- Brave automatically encrypts your website connection when possible (on Chrome, this only occurs with an extension like HTTPS Everywhere).
- Brave now supports all Chrome extensions, including popular password managers like LastPass and 1Password.
Drawbacks of Brave
- Every once in a while, Brave blocks part of a website that you wanted to load.
- When this happens, it's easiest to click the lion icon, and toggle the shield to down.
- Since the latest Brave update, this is rarely necessary (maybe once per week).
- Brave's speed alone is enough to make the switch worthwhile, and the added privacy and security benefits are icing on the cake.
- Not surprisingly, Brave has skyrocketed to popularity, going from 1 million to 10.4 million users in the past 2 years alone.
- Brave is almost exactly like Chrome, but faster and less sleazy.
- Download Brave here