We recommend the Brave browser for secure web surfing

We're all about privacy and security, and Brave is leading the way.

Author
David

It's our opinion that Brave is the best browser on the market today, and we highly recommend it to our clients and readers for several reasons.  It's dutifully maintained on Android and iPhone, and on the three major desktop operating systems.

Brave slashes through ads, pop-ups, and trackers, thereby reducing page load times and keeping the web browsing experience clean.  It's a noticeably different experience, but more so when you use another browser once you've adapted to Brave.

 

Brave shield

 

The better browsing experience alone is worth the install, but security is where Brave excels, and why we'd like for you to give it a try.

Brave's default settings prevent fingerprinting and third-party cookies.  You can increase the level of security, but the settings out of the box are more than adequate for protecting your privacy.

Fingerprinting is a real privacy problem on the web.  Trackers can follow your browsing history because browsers leak pieces of information that individually aren't telling, but when compiled with other bits of data, a unique, trackable profile is formed.

To test your browser's protection against fingerprinting, click here and compare your results with mine.

 

Brave fingerprinting test

 

Brave comes packaged with a Tor window (desktop version only), allowing you to browse incognito with no configuration effort beyond installing Brave itself.  The following image is a screenshot of my browser from an IP geolocation site while using Tor.  Brave places my location in Las Vegas (I'm on the other side of the country).

 

Tor GEO location

 

If you use a VPN while surfing with the Tor window, you're pretty much a ghost on the web with Brave's fingerprinting and tracking prevention.  Even if you use a VPN without Brave's Tor window, you're still much safer than with the other browsers.

The Brave team knows what they're doing.  The project is headed by Brendan Eich, one of the founders of Mozilla, and the creator of JavaScript.  The team is not only comprised of some of the smartest people in tech and security, but they're also true innovators.

Brave is breaking new ground by advancing the web as we know it.  Recently, they integrated with the IPFS, a leap towards a decentralized web.  IPFS is a peer-to-peer protocol, essentially circumventing the current web architecture we've been using for the last few decades.  It's a relatively young project, but Brave is in at the ground floor.

The browser is built on the open-source Chromium project.  This is not the same as the Chrome browser itself, but it's built on the same "bones".  This confuses some people because their first assumption is that Google's tentacles somehow infiltrates Brave because they maintain the Chromium project.  Chromium is simply a framework completely open to the public, like a chassis for a car.

Two completely different cars that look and perform nothing alike can share the same chassis.  They can have different engines, sound systems, and different purposes even though they're built on the same structure.

The chassis itself is modifiable, where a car purposed for speed and performance may modify the chassis differently than a car targeted for safety-first.  The same is true for Brave and Chrome, and any browser taking advantage of the Chromium "chassis".

Brave and Chrome share this framework, but Brave modifies it to be a secure privacy browser, while Chrome modifies it to be a big-brother tracking malware magnet.

Because Brave is built on this framework, most of the extensions available to Chrome are also available on Brave.  There's no trade-off between usability, features, and security, and if you're migrating from Chrome or Opera (another Chromium-based browser), your transition should be seamless.

We're a security-first company, therefore we recommend Brave.  Take it for a spin.