There’re many browsers available for us to use and sometimes it can be hard to decide which one is the best. Today we’ll be comparing one of the oldest browsers available, Firefox with one of the newer and more modern ones, Brave. Who will win: The Fox or the Lion?
Brave is a browser that was created in 2019 by Brave Software inc. It’s free to download on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, and iOS) and is mostly used to improve security while browsing the internet. Brave blocks ads on all websites automatically and keeps your data safe from trackers that want to sell your data. This allows websites to be loaded faster because there isn’t additional information that needs to be downloaded. You can enhance the security to be even stronger in the settings, however, doing that can cause some websites to not work at all. One of the downsides to Brave is that some features, like synchronization between devices, still need a lot of work and they can’t compare to Firefox. Brave has a couple of unique features such as Brave Rewards and Wallet. You can get tokens from Brave if you choose to activate the Brave reward option. It allows you to see private ads that don’t invade your privacy so you can stay safe. You can later exchange the tokens you collect for gift cards (Starbucks, Hulu, Uber, eBay, and more), use them for crypto, or even reward your favorite content creators by tipping. You can find more about the rewards on the official Brave website.
Firefox is the fourth most used browser, according to Statcounter, and it’s also one of the oldest ones. Most popular internet browsers are based on Chromium, the core engine of Google Chrome. Firefox is built on its own engine, the Quantum browser engine, which makes it even more unique. It’s an old browser that has been updated many times and has come a long way to where it’s still a solid competitor to modern browsers. It has a built-in ad blocker against trackers, but unlike Brave, it still shows advertisements by default. That’s why Firefox is a little slower than Brave because it uses more RAM to load background images and links. Firefox is known for its customizability, so by playing around with some settings and extensions, you can make it entirely to your liking. The biggest strength Firefox has is its longevity and solid foundation built over years of work. Firefox doesn’t have any clear weaknesses.
How Do They Compare
Braves’ biggest goal was privacy. Without any extensions, Brave beats Firefox in this department easily. Firefox can compete with Brave when it comes to privacy and security, but you have to do some preparations first. Brave is also one of the fastest browsers available. Since Brave doesn’t bother loading unnecessary data from websites, it loads way faster when compared on the same hardware and connection. Don’t get me wrong, Firefox is fast, just not as fast as Brave. Firefox has its own advantages, like text-to-speech support and a great reader view. Firefox also has way better synchronization between different devices. You can also rely on its customization to make it an even better competitor.
As in everything though, everything has its pros and cons, it’s up to the user to decide what works best for him. If security and speed is your main goal, then Brave is probably the right option for you. If you want to customize the browser to your liking, and have more features available for you to use, then Firefox may be the better choice.