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jleach
post Feb 4 2020, 06:00 AM
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Anyone tried using this Brave browser? A heard it mentioned from a few MVPs elsewhere and tried it... I just wrote back to them with a praising review, and thought I'd post it here also. I'm hoping it's the start of a revolution in the way that browser privacy is handled:

https://brave.com/

I’ve tried to switch browsers a few times to get away from Chrome, but the convenience of Chrome has always drawn me back. This Brave browser is pretty awesome though: I set it as my default and have been using it almost exclusively for about a week, having only cracked open Chrome for two or three specific tasks since then, which is far better than I’ve been able to adopt with any other browser.

I really like the way it handles “shields” – private browsers generally tend to block far too much and make it difficult (if impossible) to get the “real” view of the site should I happen to need it. With Brave, the initial restrictions are not terrible, and if I need to loosen up I can get there in two quick clicks to get the full boat. They struck an excellent balance there.

Also, I really like that it’s based on the Chromium engine and has the chrome devtools. That’s been another killer in trying to migrate previously as there’s so many times a day I’ll peek at whatever in the debugger to troubleshoot something or see a raw response, etc. Between the debugger, Chromium’s performance and the excellent balance in the Shields feature, this browser is amazing, and happily my new home.


One drawback/complaint: I’m using DuckDuckGo as a default search engine, and it’s a long step down from the relevance of Google’s search results. For non programming-specific queries, I’m getting used to how to deal with DDGs results, but for tech stuff (highly targeted programming questions that should lead me directly to an S/O answer), Google is simply far, far better, to the point where DDG’s poor results in this area are a significant slowdown. So, I have to figure out a way to shortcut myself a google search when needed, but I can probably work out something there (a google search to the right of the address bar would be ideal, but I didn’t see it in settings).

I’m not fully understanding their business model and proposed solution to publishers, creators and advertisers and such (I’ll try to pick it up more as I use it), but I really hope their business model works out in the long run because this browser is wonderful. (if their revenue model didn’t work out, I’d gladly pay a yearly subscription to use it)

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cheekybuddha
post Feb 4 2020, 06:17 AM
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I use Brave on my phone, but on a proper computer my browser of choice is Vivaldi - awesome!

A browser for power users, set it up how you want it.

Started by the guy who started Opera before it was sold off.

Re. DDG, I have used it for some years, and always seem to find what I want, though I haven't compared with Google for a long time.

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GroverParkGeorge
post Feb 4 2020, 07:58 AM
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I'm going to go look at Brave. I have been happy with FireFox for some time.

I use DDG and I know what you mean about SO results. Otherwise it's been adequate for my needs.

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GroverParkGeorge
post Feb 4 2020, 10:14 AM
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Brave definitely seems to be faster. I have run into one blocking issue, though, in a site that always gave Edge problems as well. Hence my switch to FF a while back. I suspect this site is doing some weird stuff that causes both Brave and FF to have problems.

Otherwise, so far so good.

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GroverParkGeorge
post Feb 4 2020, 11:38 AM
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I think I figured out the reason for the blocking issue, although I don't quite know how to address it. I'm looking at a page that links to other pages, some of which are being blocked. Most work. I suspect it might have something to do with the URLs in the links on that page but as long as I can get there for FF, it's not a big deal. Otherwise, Brave is seriously faster so far.

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jleach
post Feb 4 2020, 11:49 AM
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George - at the right of the address bar there should be that ugly orange lion icon... if you click that you can "turn off shields" for the given site and it should let everything through as per normal?

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GroverParkGeorge
post Feb 4 2020, 11:51 AM
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Thanks. I would have figured that out, eventually, sooner or later....

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GroverParkGeorge
post Feb 4 2020, 11:56 AM
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FrankRuperto
post Feb 4 2020, 12:23 PM
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I have been using FF with DDG and happy with it. So far all sites except dropbox have not broken when I use private browsing window with the settings in the attached image. I am also getting good results when searching with DDG.
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DanielPineault
post Feb 4 2020, 12:35 PM
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If you get into privacy, thus browsers like Brave, then you also need to look into VPN to stop ISPs and the likes from prying into what you do online (accounts, passwords, ...). It all goes hand in hand.

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