Here's Why I Migrated From Chrome to The Brave Browser | HackerNoon (2023)

July 19th 2020

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The average mobile browser user pays as much as $23 a month in data charges to download ads and trackers — that’s $276 a year. Brave blocks ads, so you don’t pay for them. Brave is privacy-focused and it does its job really well while having the perks of Google like the extensions. Brave can use all the extensions from the Chrome web store and can also use Google's themes. Brave's ads aren't invasive like Google's, they ask for permission to show ads and these ads are neither popups nor full-page ads, they're mere notifications for which you get paid. Brave.org is a website that provides a website.

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Chrome has been my goto for almost a decade now. I’m the kind of person who finds it stupid to cover the webcam (unless I have a sticky note full of credentials on my fridge), so I guess its quite clear already that I’m not so high on privacy concerns but what bothered me the most was how much information Google was extracting from me.

It is indeed good to have stuff show up when you have been wanting to check it out for quite some time but sometimes Google goes overboard and that’s where things get a little creepy. It gets creepy to the point where Google starts showing you embarrassing ads.

The AdBlock extension wasn’t doing a great job at stopping these ads either. Even before I could think about switching browsers, an article showed up on my Google feed, “Why Microsoft Edge is better than Chrome?” (Oh how nice of you Google) The embarrassing ads and this article made me want to give Edge a shot, I still hadn’t uninstalled Chrome though.

I installed Edge and imported all my settings from Chrome and I was all set to go. I was pretty happy with how my extensions still worked and how it respected my privacy. I used it for 2 days and realized that Edge wasn’t as fast as Chrome and there were minor flaws and aesthetic decisions that I was nitpicking on.

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I went back to Chrome to put up with its snooping in return for a good overall experience. The ad problem persisted and as usual, Chrome was devouring the memory of my base model 2017 Macbook Pro.

I usually code and have multiple tabs open on Chrome (Yes, stack overflow. No! I do not copy-paste!) with a few other apps I need in the background. So, the machine was running hot and I still did not want to look over Chrome.

As usual, Google snooped on my cryptocurrency investment activities and showed me related articles on my Google feed. Even though I have come across the BAT token, I never paid much attention to it.

One fine day, Google suggested another article to me, “Brave browser can replace Chrome on all your devices soon” (Gee! Thanks Google.)

At this point, I started thinking if Google devs themselves want people to divert to a safer place but that's a stretch. I was reluctant to try it out at first since it was not from a reputed company like Microsoft or Google.

I read a few articles and reviews on the Brave browser and let me be brutally honest, I fell for the "get paid for viewing ads" model.

I'm the same person that hated Google's embarrassing ads but Brave was doing it a little different and that's in a good way.

Even though Brave is built over Chromium, the connection ends there. Brave is privacy-focused and it does its job really well while having the perks of Google like the extensions. Brave can use all the extensions from the Chrome web store and can also use Google's themes.

I was doing some research on this new browser and came across some shocking information about how ads do more damage than I had initially anticipated. We don't usually consider the possibility of paying a substantial amount to ISPs for downloading ads which we don’t wish to see.

The average mobile browser user pays as much as $23 a month in data charges to download ads and trackers — that’s $276 a year. Brave blocks ads and trackers, so you don’t pay for them.

Here's some data to back up this claim,

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Brave's ads aren't invasive like Google's, they ask for permission to show ads and these ads are neither popups nor full-page ads, they're mere notifications for which you get paid. It's totally up to you to opt-in for the "Brave Rewards" program and if you don't, there are absolutely no ads at all, you don't need an additional extension for blocking ads.

The ad concept was interesting and I liked how it worked, the browser tallies the attention you spend on each website and shows you ads based on it. The neat trick here is that all the browsing information stays on your device's local storage.

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You get to keep 70% and 30% of the ad revenue goes to Brave. There is also an option to tip Brave verified websites and content creators you love.

Freecodecamp.org is a website that provides content for free and does not show ads at all, as much as I always wanted to donate to them I haven't started earning much money yet and I found Brave's tipping feature great as I could get paid for viewing ads and tip them with what I earned here.

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Brave is very privacy-oriented that it uses Tor in incognito mode (sweet). "Shields" is a warm welcome to Brave as it has pretty cool tricks up its sleeve. It blocks all ads & trackers, fingerprinting, scripts, and also upgrades HTTP connections to HTTPS (safety first).

There are times when certain sites have frozen for no good reason and they were mostly because of the trackers, ads, and scripts as it takes time to load them along with the web content.

Another major advantage to consider is that Brave is faster than all the other major browsers out there. As I'm writing this article, I still have my IDE running and 12+ tabs open on Brave, the machine is neither heating up nor is laggy.

As Brave claims, it is almost 8x faster than Chrome and I don't think I can disagree. Provided Google's exposed privacy breach recently, Brave could cash in on this and rise to the top.

As of now, Chrome accounts for 63% of the web browser market share. Brave is nowhere to be seen as it is relatively new. With Brave’s revenue model, websites might soon look this way since its a win-win for both users and content creators.

I have completely moved over to Brave browser on all my devices and I am happy with the change even though I'm pretty late to the party.

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It wasn't an easy decision to switch, as I have been using Chrome for years, and like almost everyone else did not want to lose the convenience of the tied in Google services and user-friendliness.

All this faded away when I sat in the front seat of the Brave browser and so far the experience has been great. I can't wait for Brave to become braver. Be brave and give Brave a shot if you haven't already.

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It would be great if you could download Brave from the affiliate link provided above as it would support my work while helping you be part of a safer Internet. To have a seamless switch, go to settings and import the bookmarks and settings from your previous browser.

I was not paid by Brave to write this article. This is neither Chrome hate nor Edge degradation. I found Brave to work well for me and it is a much better and safer browser than all the major players out there. It is up to you to decide if you want to be Human or a product.

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Should I switch from Chrome to Brave? ›

Brave Browser on the other hand requires fewer resources than Google Chrome, does not eat away your RAM, and has better memory management. Not only does this save resources for other applications on your device but it can also save battery and that is definitely a good reason to switch.

Is Brave better than Chrome 2022? ›

Brave is based on the Chromium source code but strips out all of the privacy-violating Google code. The result is a browser that looks and feels just like Chrome, but with greater online privacy features.
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Performance.
Benchmark Test:Motion Mark
Brave444.67
Opera373.27
Vivaldi285.25
Firefox145.93
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Is Brave better than Google Chrome? ›

The results show that Brave is faster than Chrome on Android with a score of 250.97 against 217.56 on the Basemark Web 3.0 test. We conducted the tests on the same device with all other apps closed during the testing period. Brave should be your go-to browser on Android if these numbers matter to you.

Is Brave browser really Chrome? ›

Brave is an open-source web browser based on Chromium. We also have a list of open-source browsers not based on Chromium, if you are curious. Google Chrome is also based on Chromium, but it adds several proprietary elements, making it a closed source offering.

Is Brave really safer than Chrome? ›

Simply put, the Brave Browser is 3x faster than Google Chrome. By blocking all privacy-invading ads & trackers by default, there's less stuff to load on every single webpage you visit. That means pages load much faster, saving you time, money, and battery life. It also means you're much safer online.

Is Brave browser safe for banking? ›

Brave is the best browser for banking online. The web browser's source code is open and has been audited. Alternatively, dedicating a secondary browser for banking increases your security. There are some browsers that synchronize user data which should be avoided when working with financial accounts.

What are the disadvantages of Brave Browser? ›

Integration with the mobile version of Brave isn't as good as with other browsers, it sometimes won't sync immediately. As when using privacy extensions in the browser, you have to get used to websites malfunctioning.

Does Brave use a lot of RAM? ›

Brave is Chrome (well, Chromium) with a whole munch of extra gubbins, most notably a private cryptocurrency-like system called Basic Attention Tokens, bolted on top. Since it's Chrome plus adblockers plus cryptocurrency, you can expect it to take more RAM than Chrome alone.

Can you be tracked on Brave Browser? ›

Brave Search doesn't track you, your searches, or your clicks. And, unlike other search engineers on this list, Brave serves results from an independent index of the web.

Is Brave a Chinese browser? ›

Brave Software, Inc. Brave Software's headquarters are in San Francisco, California. As of July 2022, Brave has more than 62 million monthly active users, 19.2 million daily active users and a network of more than 1.4 million content creators.

Who owns the Brave Browser? ›

Brave Software was co-founded by Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla (Firefox), and Brian Bondy, formerly of Khan Academy and Mozilla. For more information, visit brave.com or follow the company on Twitter @brave.

What is the safest browser? ›

Here are the most secure and private browsers for 2021:
  1. Brave: The most secure and private browser (by default) ...
  2. Firefox (modified and tweaked for privacy) ...
  3. Tor browser. ...
  4. Ungoogled Chromium browser. ...
  5. Bromite (Android) ...
  6. LibreWolf – A private and secure fork of Firefox.

What is the advantage of brave browser? ›

Support your favorite sites with Brave Rewards

Brave can automatically distribute your contributions based on how much time you spend on sites. Or, you can choose to tip sites directly, and even offer a fixed monthly tip amount. All of this works while keeping your browsing history private.

Is the brave browser any good? ›

Overall, Brave is a fast and secure browser that will have particular appeal to cryptocurrency users.

Should I change my browser? ›

And with great features available, from reading web pages out loud to creating secure passwords for you, swapping your browser could make how you use the internet quicker and even easier. It's worth noting that all the browsers let you bookmark pages and save passwords so you don't have to keep re-entering them.

How do I switch Google Chrome to Brave? ›

Import chrome data to brave
  1. In Chrome, Sync your data from mobile to a desktop version of Chrome.
  2. Install Brave on Desktop, then use the Import bookmarks and settings option to import Chrome desktop data to Brave.
  3. From there, you can use Brave Sync to sync your Brave data across devices.
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