When I wrote about all the Chromium based web browsers I knew about, I didn’t get into the details on any of them. Today, I want mention a little about the Brave web browser and why it’s the web browser I’m using now.
In short, the Brave browser is privacy oriented. While some of the others may be privacy oriented as well, tweaking the settings per site seems to be way easier with this one.
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.
I have an applet on my taskbar that shows how much of the 4 gigabytes of memory I’m using. It stays low until I fire up a web browser. With Chrome/Chromium, it always rises above 50 percent and usually goes much higher. With Brave, I’ve yet to see it rise above 50 percent. I thought about using Vivaldi again but it seem like it’s always a work in progress.
The most interesting thing about Brave is the way it changes the way usage is monetized. You need a website to earn a little money (update: this changed in September or October 2019 - you don’t need one now).
I’ve been using Google AdSense ads on this website for a long time. I used them on previous websites as well. Displaying ads was a necessary evil because what I made from them paid 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. I’ll also make money from Brave if you use the web browser for at least a month, if you use my referral link to download it: https://brave.com/rtc144
I tried to switch to Flattr in 2017, but the people running the show wouldn’t accept any of my identification documents. Why would they reject a United States passport? I don’t know if Brave’s monetization plans will work any better than anything else but at least they accepted my documents.
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.
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. Again, download it with my referral link, https://brave.com/rtc144, and they’ll pay me something like $5 if you use it for a month. That alone will pay for my web hosting for a month.