Brave browser, the best Chrome replacement for privacy

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A browser is just a tool to get around with web.

Now in 2019, we can use web for almost everything we can do with traditional software.

Take example of a Chromebook, and you will understand how important a browser can be in computing.

And bad guys on the internet have also come a bit closer to us.

So it's very important to know about the websites you visit, understand how companies track you. Cookies, trackers, malicious scripts and fingerprinting can pose a threat to your privacy.

Thus, choosing a browser that respect privacy is what you need.

You may be using Android phone which let Google ping your location every time even after you disable location history.

And Chrome is filling the gap on Desktop. Not a good idea to put all eggs in Google's basket.

Here comes another player, Brave browser

Brave vs the competition

I won't dig deep into what is Brave browser and what it is made up of.

It features everything that you expect from a modern web browser. 

Just to note that it is made up of Chromium code base which is used by Google Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi and soon Microsoft Edge.

All your extensions from Chrome Web Store and web pages will work exactly same as with Chrome.

I installed Office Online extension from Chrome Web store, and I am good to go to write this article.

It may be only for Chrome. But heck, Brave is the new Chrome.

So it's not that hard to switch from Chrome to Brave.

Brave on privacy and security

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You can stay on any browser and have privacy minded features such as tracking protection or just block ads with extensions.

Brave browser takes all those privacy features to a new level.

The company behind it puts user's privacy before other things. Other companies may take your data and then convince you that their usage of data is not a problem. It's up to you, how you think about that fact.

Effectively in Brave, you have the choice whether to see ads or not.

By default, Brave opts for not showing you any ads and blocking trackers.

And not something that user has to get into by using extensions as Chrome and Edge does.

Also your data is local in your computer only. It doesn't go to brave servers, meaning the company has nothing to sell.

Some downsides

There are just a few downsides to switching to Brave. As it uses same code base as Chrome, switching isn't much painful.

One of the things to lose is Google's Password Manager. Brave does not offer such feature.

So I recommend you to get third party password manager such as LastPass or 1Password.

Another glitch is the CAPTCHAs. Sites will bombard you with CAPTCHAs and additional security checks.

Because they think you may be a bot. Another privacy addition. I like that.

Making other browsers respect privacy

As I said earlier, you can make other browsers respect privacy by adding extensions, managing cookies settings, and so on.

My recommendation for Brave browser does not mean other browsers are not good. 

While I just kept Chrome installed for a few days while migrating to Brave, I noticed that some privacy features such as blocking third party cookies and "Do not track" may get your work done.

I highly recommend you go through that.

May be tracking protection extensions such as Ghostery will serve you if you don't want to switch to another browser.

Conclusion

It may be difficult to adjust to a new browser. But may be worth it. And switching to other browser has never been easier.

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