Gray Matter


The Brave Web Browser Is My Daily Web Browser

RT Cunningham | October 27, 2020 (UTC) | Computers

brave web browserI’ve been using the Brave web browser since before the date I first wrote about it, which was in March 2019. In short, the Brave web browser is privacy oriented. While some others may be privacy oriented as well, tweaking the settings per site seems to be way easier with this one. Not only that, you can make a little money by clicking on Brave ads.

I still use other web browsers on occasion, but only when I’m testing something.

Brave Instead of Chrome

I probably started using Google Chrome the year it first came out. Before that, I used Mozilla Firefox and before that, Internet Explorer (actually SlimBrowser when that came out). I honestly can’t tell you about the others I tested along the way, except maybe Vivaldi.

I decided to switch to Brave for more than one good reason, but only after I tested it for a few days. For whatever reason, Google Chrome (and its open-source cousin, Chromium) uses more memory than Brave. I’m not sure, but I believe it gets worse on pages with more ads and tracking cookies. I have to leave some websites before they completely load or I will completely run out of memory.

There’s an applet on my taskbar that shows how much memory I’m using. It stays low until I fire up a web browser. With Chrome or Chromium, it always rises quickly. It still rises with Brave, but not nearly as much. Website ads (not Brave ads) and JavaScript code are the culprits most of the time.

The most interesting thing about Brave is the way it changes the way usage is monetized. They share the ad revenue with you if you participate in their rewards program.

Monetizing This Website

I’ve been using Google AdSense ads on most of my websites for a long time. Displaying ads is a necessary evil because what I make from them pays for hosting and related costs. It has always been a hobby for me, not a business. Hobbies shouldn’t put a dent in anyone’s monthly financial budget.

I’ve set things up to receive tips and whatever via Brave. The best part of all this is that I get to continue using AdSense for people who don’t (or won’t) use this web browser. Brave blocks AdSense by default.

Brave Isn’t Tied To Google

If you’re worried about Google having too much of your personal and private information, you can rest easy with Brave. The only thing you can associate with Google is the Chromium web browser both Chrome and Brave are based on. That’s as far as the association goes. Even Microsoft is now using Chromium as the basis for their web browser, Microsoft Edge.

Unless you prefer web browsers that aren’t based on Chromium, you should give Brave a shot. It can’t hurt. You may be able to retrieve some privacy and regain some lost sanity if you do. You can download it here:

Edited and updated. Originally published at one of my other websites in March 2019.

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