All browsers for Mac, iPhone, and iPad are pretty much the same, right? From Safari to Chrome to Firefox (and even more for iOS), browsers come with an array of features that most of us do not bother to use.
Most of my readers use Safari, followed by Chrome, then Firefox. After those, it’s a tie for 4th place among twenty eleven different browsers, all of which are fast, render webpages about the same, but some have features you might prefer, especially in an age where advertisers and websites track all your online reading habits.
Brave looks much like a mashup of Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. It’s fast to load webpages because it also features a built-in ad blocker.
Blocking ads speeds up webpages enormously, so no third party ad trackers, either (although you have control over which sites can be whitelisted. Blocking harmful ads means less malware. HTTPS Everywhere is a feature which makes your connection to the site you’re viewing more secure (but doesn’t really work everywhere). It even blocks tracking scripts, tracking pixels, and tracking cookies.
Please note that TeraTalks no longer uses ad trackers or cookies so you’re about as safe visiting here as anywhere.
Preferences are notable for their simplicity and focus on security and privacy.
Brave is open source so the price tag is right. Free. There’s a Brave version for macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android. What would be nice is to have bookmarks synchronized between device versions, but that’s a minor nit as I’ve gone more for using an RSS reader to manage website bookmarks between devices.
Brave also has an eye to the future with a built-in micropayment system which uses Bitcoin so you can automatically and privately pay your favorite websites with a few digital coins. Turn it on in the Brave preferences to see how it works. It’s a bit convoluted but it is a purchase method for the future the might have some legs.
It’s a Brave new world.
What you get in this new ecosystem is a built-in method to pay those websites you visit, ostensibly in exchange for having fewer to no advertisements and no tracking scripts to follow you while you browse online. This is a new system so don’t expect it to work perfectly, but it’s an idea whose time has come. You’ll be able to track yourself online, see which sites you view the most, including the amount of time on each, check your account balance, and more.
Please note that TeraTalks has reduced advertising to a single display ad on each article, sprinkled with a few text link ads for Apple products, and eliminated ad trackers, tracking scripts, and cookies entirely, thanks to the No Tracking initiative started earlier this year.
Brave simply moves the bar forward a bit.