Brave Browser vs Google Chrome – What Browser Is The Best?

When Brave browser joined the market, many viewed it as a significant threat to Google Chrome. The browser is safe, fast, secure and crypto friendly. According to developers, the Brave is trying to fix the internet. Brave created a buzz by introducing a system that blocked ads and ad trackers by default, eliminating the need of ad block extensions. These capabilities make Brave a candidate for mass adoption.


Due to the unusual model by Brave, many viewed the browser as the next Chrome. Chrome is feature packed with fun extensions. The browser keeps your digital life organised across multiple devices.  By November 2018, Chrome enjoyed a market share of over 50%. By October 2018, Brave browser surpassed the four million active user mark.

Here is a comparison between the two browsers that have been projected to fight for dominance in the market.

Security

The Brave browser is natively secure with ad blocking, and  HTTPS Everywhere. Most users tend to trust Brave because it does not require third-party extensions to guarantee browsing security. A Brave user is allowed to chose what data to delete at the end of a browsing session. That is derived from blocking fingerprinting attempts and scripts from loading.  Users have numerous ways to customise their browsing experience to be secure.


Brave does not also support many third-party add-ons. Extra extensions might be annoying to some users. This capability ensures that no malicious extensions compromise the user’s security. This is also an issue on the other hand, as some extensions are really useful for day-to-day activities. 

On the other hand, Google Chrome takes the lead on browser security. Google automatically updates Chrome to the latest version for users to enjoy improved security updates.  Chrome also frequently scans for any malicious downloads.

Google Chrome also enjoys one of the highest browser scope security test scores. They’ve been has been calling on hackers to detect vulnerabilities in Chrome so that its engineers can improve in case of any loopholes. Its browser security is undisputed. Brave Browser have a lot to work on the security part, but they’re on the right path for now. 

Privacy

Brave has some unique feature to guarantee confidentiality while browsing. The default ad blocker inhibits tracking of your online activities. Also, the ability, to secure unencrypted sites with HTTPS enhances privacy while browsing.

In the next upgrade, Brave is expected to release private tabs similar to Chrome’s incognito. The tabs will use Tor to prevent any unsecured connection.  The use of Basic Attention token (BAT) ensures users anonymously support their favorite websites.

When it comes to privacy, there are some points of concern with Google Chrome. Chrome provides pop-up blocker extensions alongside with the ability of users to send a “Do Not Track” request along with the browser traffic.

However, we cannot ignore the fact Google makes millions through knowing a user’s activity online. Google Chrome provides features to beat this system. At the same Chrome is used to learn more about a user and later to monetize the details.

Chrome also supports a wide range of extensions that enhance your privacy information. Additionally, we can’t tell what is hidden in the Chrome code because it is a closed source browser. To beat this problem, Google released an opens sourced Chrome version.

We tend to believe that on the privacy part, Brave browser clearly wins – as their model is better for someone focused on privacy. 

Cryptocurrency Friendly

Brave browser supports cryptocurrencies with an inbuilt Basic Attention Token (BAT) wallet. The wallet can be loaded using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Users can use the wallet to donate to their favorite websites or for other types of transactions. 

Under Brave’s business model, users get paid in BAT for viewing ads from the Brave ad network. The model’s not live, yet, but it plans to be this year.

Google Chrome does not support cryptocurrencies natively. However, it supports cryptocurrency related extensions. Recently, Google announced that it was banning all crypto mining extensions on Chrome. According to Google, there was a rise in the number of malicious extensions in the web store. The malicious extensions were using computer resources without the consent of the user.

Even though Google is not so crypto friendly, there are a lot of extensions that works on Google Chrome regarding cryptocurrencies – such as Metamask. Brave Browser however is mostly used by people that are in a technical field or cares deeply about their privacy.

Ads and Ad Blocking

If you don’t like ads, you are safe with Brave browser. The brave browser has an inbuilt ad and tracker blocker. The blocker inhibits trackers from learning more about a user for monetization purposes. As seen earlier, the default ad block enhances Brave’s browsing speed.  It is important to note that Brave does not block ads that occur in search results.

With Google Chrome, you can install ad block extension in you loathe ads. However, ad blockers on Google Chrome are not 100% reliable. For extensions like Adblock Plus, you can see adverts due to a partnership with Google. Additionally, Google Chrome is only blocking ads that do not adhere to the Better Ads Standards. Same goes for Youtube, which have more ads than never.

Brave’s model regarding ads and the fact that they dont collect data for monetization purposes clearly wins this part.

RAM Usage

Just like any other Chromium-based browser, Brave uses a lot of memory. Brave is also affected by memory leaks that uses almost every byte of the RAM. For devices with less RAM capacity, a hard reboot is the only option due to these leaks.

Chrome is known to eat up a lot of memory. The browser splits each tab, plugin and extension into its own process. The RAM usage is higher because Google Chrome duplicates some tasks for every tab. However, this functionality makes things convenient. Furthermore, the Chrome prerendering feature also uses a lot of memory. Some extensions can leak memory which ends up uncleaned. Over time it causes high RAM usage.

Speed

The Brave browser is fast. The browser’s impressive speeds are due to lack of default lack of third party ads. It means that we have less content to be downloaded before a webs page is accessed. Brave is also developed on the Chromium system to enhance performance based on speed.

Contrary to popular belief, Brave is not eight times faster than Google Chrome. Brave is faster, but it trails Chrome when it comes to rendering speed.

Conclusion

Brave is an exciting project. The browser is gaining popularity due to its ability to address privacy and security concerns. Additionally, it can provide an avenue for monetization.  Brave is also crypto friendly. However, there is still a lot of ironing to be done. Some websites are crushing under Brave.

On the hand, Chrome still dominates the market. Chrome supports a majority of websites that usually crash on other browsers. Chrome’s wide range of extensions enhances the browsing experience, but might hurt privacy.

It all depends on what the user wants. Speed, a lot of extensions and casual browsing? Google Chrome. Crypto friendly browser, decent speed and Privacy? Brave Browser.

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