Judging by my inbox, people have a love-hate relationship with Google Chrome and most can’t even tell why they love it. You can remember loving it once.
But they can rattle off a huge list of reasons why they hate it.
And yet they keep using it.
While I still think that running the default browser that came with your operating system is probably the best option, I’ve heard from users that they want a browser that works on all platforms.
And that’s one of the strengths of Google Chrome.
So what are you doing?
Over the past few weeks I’ve been testing a browser that you may not have heard of – Brave. Brave is a free, open source web browser based on the Chromium web browser. So if you come from Chrome, things will seem very familiar to you.
Why should you try Brave?
Brave is fast, secure, packed with privacy features, has a built-in ad blocker, supports most of the available Google Chrome extensions, and there is even an optional (paid premium) VPN.
It’s a fully functional browser with everything you’d expect in a modern browser.
And let me tell you it’s good.
The performance is great and the browser is able to handle more tabs than we should probably be throwing at a browser, regardless of the platform.
Page load speeds have to be seen to be believed. It’s the fastest browser I can remember regardless of the platform I’m using it on.
The privacy features work right out of the box, without having to fiddle around with the settings. While power users enjoy delving into the settings, the average user just wants to click the icon and start browsing.
If the privacy settings are disabled by default in the browser you are using and they are not visible, there is a reason for it.
At Brave, everything is upfront and easy to use.
Battery life on mobile devices is also good, with my laptop getting a good hour of extra runtime.
That’s an extra hour that I get for free.
The battery life on mobile devices is also noticeably better compared to Google Chrome.
Again, these are all free winnings.
I also like having one browser for all of my different platforms and devices thanks to Brave Sync. This feature, which is currently in beta, can be activated to encrypt and sync your preferred settings and bookmarks across devices. And the best part is that everything is encrypted and only you have the power to decrypt it – not even Brave has the keys to decrypt your data!
Switching from another browser to Brave is also a breeze, just like any modern browser.
For some time now I’ve been wondering if there really is a need for an independent browser, and Braved has removed all my doubts that we are. At a time when users’ personal information has become a currency, it’s good to see a platform taking user privacy seriously.
Ultimately, it’s a browser, but it’s a good browser, and after using it extensively for a few weeks now, I recommend it. Maximum.