How Does Brave Browser Compare to Chrome

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Every once in a while a new web browser is released into the computing market and everyone asks the same question: Is it better than Chrome? Long the industry standard, Chrome has become the gold standard of web browsing. The Brave browser is the newest entry trying to dethrone Chrome. Founded by Brendan Eich, one of the co-founders of another Chrome competitor, Mozilla’s Firefox, Brave is heavily focused on privacy. There is no question it’s going to require moving mountains to get users from Chrome to any other browser, but Brave is ready for the challenge.

What Is Brave?

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What is Brave? Stated simply, Brave’s goal is to look and act like Chrome, while aggressively working to protect its users private/personal data. In some ways, Brave isn’t all that different from Chrome. Brave uses the same Chromium open-source framework that powers all things Chrome. In that sense, Brave has a distinct advantage of being able to utilize the deep well of Chrome extensions, syncing across devices, etc., without any of the typical Chrome “pain points.” Brave even claims that it can load major news sites up to six times faster than Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

The Biggest Differentiator – Brave Rewards

To really understand what Brave is, you have to consider that it is coming to market with a very unique and risky business model. Because of its built-in ad-block, Brave’s developers recognize it could limit income potential for the websites its users visit, so it is doing something about it with Brave Rewards. Incorporating Cryptocurrency into its business model, Brave is essentially paying you to browse the web by “paying” you with the “Basic Attention Token” or BAT for short.

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Unlike Chrome, Brave is allowing you to completely control the number of ads you can see. Going one step further, you can earn up to 70 percent of the ad revenue that Brave receives from advertisers. These tokens accumulate in your wallet, and you can distribute them to your favorite publishers as you browse the web. Essentially, the more you browse, the more you earn, so you can pay more to your favorite sites.

If you do not want to see any private ads as you surf the web? That is okay. Just turn off Brave Rewards via the Settings page.

Why Escape Chrome?

The answer to the question of why people are running from Google Chrome has both an easy and a not-so-easy answer. First, the easy answer. Many people are growing increasingly uncomfortable with how much data Google knows about their lives. Everything from our YouTube habits, browser/search history to app usage on an Android device is known by Google.

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With Brave, you have no such fear. They do not track you and will help block tracking cookies on websites you visit. This is a big stake in the ground for Brave, as it’s even front and center on its home page. Every time you return to the home page, you will see a number for how many ads and trackers have been blocked. Once you try it for a week, you are going to be shocked by how quickly those numbers add up.

All About Security

Another feather in Brave’s hat is its penchant for natively securing your web browsing with HTTPS everywhere. While Brave does not convert every HTTP site into an HTTPS site, it does automatically look for and load the latter. To be fair, this alone is not a Chrome killer, and there are Chrome extensions to help achieve the same goals, Brave does it natively.

Brave blocks ads and trackers by default, and that is a massive differentiator from Chrome. Chrome requires a third-party extension like AdBlock to achieve the same results. Chrome can allow parent company Google or mega-advertisers like Facebook to track your browsing on almost every site you visit. If that does not scare you, keep using Chrome. If you want a browser that defaults itself to blocking these cookies, Brave is ready for your download.

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Brave also goes out of its way to promote that it stores your browsing history locally on your computer. This means you can delete it at any time without exception. If you would prefer to not have your browser history tracked altogether, Brave offers “New Private Tab with Tor” as a private window option.

Conclusion – What Makes Brave Special

Choosing a browser is an intensely personal decision. It is the central hub of your entire Internet life. That Brave is faster, more secure, will “pay” you to browse and has a well-known founder should make you take a long, hard look at it as a Chrome competitor. If privacy matters to you above all else, then you should make the switch immediately.

David Jeff David Jeff

David is a freelance tech writer with over 15 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves all things Nintendo.


  1. I saw the “easy answer” to which this article referred. I never saw the “not so easy answer” addressed — at least not identified as such.

  2. “Is it better than Chrome?”
    Firefox is my gold standard and I measure all other browsers against it.

    “There is no question it’s going to require moving mountains to get users from Chrome to any other browser”
    Definitely and that is because Chrome offers access to and integration with dozens of Google apps. No other browser does offers that.

    “Brave has a distinct advantage of being able to utilize the deep well of Chrome extensions”
    That makes it unusable in my view. Brave may block ads and trackers by default and have many other security measures built-in. However, how do we know that Chrome extension do not negate all those security measures and allow Google to harvest data? If Brave uses Google’s Safe Browsing to check sites, then it allows Google to track the user’s browser history.

    “Brave is essentially paying you to browse the web by “paying” you”
    A question begs itself – Why is Brave being so magnanimous as to forego up to 70% of its ad income? Are they monetizing their users in some other way?

  3. Question… one of the search engine choices is Google. Does Google then get my search info anyway??

    1. Yes.
      DuckDuckGo does pretty much the same job but provides much better privacy. It does not create a history of your searches.

  4. I left Google for Firefox which was a good move. then I tried Brave which has been a better move. Speed and privacy trumps all. Everthing else is a bonus.

  5. I love chrome but love my privacy more but then I found Brave that delivers both. Take it from someone who has been on the tech scene and programming for 20 years, Brave is absolutely a pleasure to use and feels exactly the same as Chrome. It is extremely polished and is actually much faster and easier on computer resources because of the built-in adblocking and upgrading to https. This need for fewer installed extensions also contributes to its faster speed. If you use and like Chrome, there is no reason not to start using Brave. You will not know the difference while using it and you won’t have to have your personal data and every move you make recorded. Plus Brave has access to the Chrome webstore so all of your favorite extensions are available. Just try Brave and you will see!

  6. Brave’s been around for years, BTW. Privacy is its main feature, not so much the gimmicks described above.

    Chromium based browsers, all of them, have severe limitations on how private they can be. Chromium is owned by Google and is NOT open source, only part of the code is, the remainder, where most of the data collection resides cannot be modified. What can be changed gets reduced continuously. For example, disabling webRTC was made impossible mid 2018, that alone gives the ability for Google and sites to track everything you do regardless of settings. Chrome is an ad server, it’s hard to do much inside the browser.

    Brave, being a Chromium derivative, by itself offers nothing special from any other Chromia, they all have a base amount of data scraping that can’t be eliminated. What Brave does to give some privacy is send all your browsing requests through a proxy server that strips out the additional parameters users request. A good approach, the same one third party system level Ad Blockers/Anti-Trackers offer. Brave’s probably the only Chromium based browser I’d even consider.

    Software installed on a device can block all programs from tracking and serving ads, including the browser, making the browser choice unimportant. I use Firefox because of the ability to address privacy in the browser with about:config settings and the ability to customize the interface into something pleasant to use; no Chromia can replicate FF’s customizability. FF ESR is very nice, no junkware.

    I recently had the displeasure of using a friend’s Chromebook. Wow, what an offensive, cluttered, bouncing, onerous interface that thing has; clearly a data scraper device. A few minutes of them on my laptop was all they needed to see how nice browsing could be, “I love your browser, so clean!” “No ads!” “All that white space!” “Fast! Really fast!” “Videos play smoothly everywhere!” “I HATE that Chromebook now!”


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