Almost certainly, read this story through Google's Chrome web browser. It is by far the most popular browser in the world – according to statistics from June 2019, Chrome is used by more than 70 percent of desktop users around the world.
And it is growing. Analyst Statista reports that Google's dominance has grown 13 percent in the last three years alone. However, there are a variety of home-based Chrome alternatives that you can try.
One of them, Brave, has just released his first full version. Built by Brendan Eich, co-founder of Mozilla (the inventor of Firefox), he's one of the most interesting browser rivals that has surfaced in recent years. This week, Brave left the beta and released his first stable release. Version 1.0 has its own private network and reward scheme that allows users to pay for websites they like.
Although Brave is just out of beta, it is already used by eight million users per month. (There are iOS and Android versions for your mobile devices, as well as for Windows, Linux, and Mac). Compared to Firefox with more than 100 million users per month and Chrome with more than a billion users, the user base is still tiny. But size does not matter. Here are some reasons why you should consider disabling Chrome for the first release of Brave.
Minimizing Data Collection
Google is in the Big Data business. It collects information you give it – through browsing, maps, language, search and more – and uses it to create a picture of your life. By knowing your person, Google can then sell advertising that is more tailored to your interests. The more specific the ad, the more money Google makes.
On the other hand, Brave blocks ads that record your browsing history. This happens by default, meaning that the data that can be collected is minimized. "Our servers neither see nor store your browsing data – they remain private on your devices until you delete them," reads Brave's website.
You can also see how many trackers have been blocked through Braves Dashboard. Do you want to clean up your online life? To clear your Google history, click here.
Speed plays a role in surfing. Brave claims his browser is faster than his competitors. According to the company, key mobile and desktop news sites can be launched two to eight times faster than Chrome and Firefox. The reason for that? Since Brave's browser does not load ads with trackers, it can load websites faster, according to the company.
Select a default search engine
Brave is based on Chromium source code, the same framework as pretty much all modern web browsers use: both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome use the code. However, this does not mean that you are bound to Google products.
When you start Brave for the first time, you have the choice between different search engines. Google is enabled by default, but there are also DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Bing, and StartPage options.
Integrated password manager
Google Chrome has a built-in password manager. This is better than repeating passwords across multiple services. But you probably already use Google's services for emails, documents, and more. Do you want to rely on a company for your entire digital life?
Conveniently, Brave has a password manager, which is also part of the browser. It can save your passwords automatically and keep them safe. In addition, passwords are automatically added to the sign-in pages of websites you visit on a regular basis.
Brave blocks all ads by default, but is not a commercial-free browser. The organization believes there is a better way to do online advertising. Instead, it has its own private ad platform.
When users choose the reward scheme, ads are activated. Brave uses blockchain-based tokens (BATs), which are made available to both advertisers and advertisers. Once they are received, users surfing the Internet can send BAT to "creators" of their choice.
This means that users can essentially pay for the sites they most like to read – at this early stage, it is not clear whether this approach will work. One thing is for sure, services like these will not work for a long time before being cut back on a Facebook and Google-dominated online advertising industry.
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