Brave vs Firefox: Which Browser is Best for You?
Brave and Firefox are web browsers that could easily replace your default browser. Each offers a different set of features, but their purpose is the same. What are the differences and similarities, and which is right for you?
The web browser is not just ubiquitous software, it has become an absolute necessity. Most of what we do these days is done in a web browser… working, playing and everything in between.
So when deciding which web browser to use, most people just accept the default browser that comes with their operating system. In some cases, this isn’t always the best choice because not all browsers are created equal.
Take, for example, Brave and Firefox. Although both have the same goal (to make web pages safe and efficient), they do not approach the task in the same way. Which browser to choose?
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What is Brave?
Brave is a free and open source web browser, created by Brave Software, Inc. and based on Chromium. Brave is a privacy-focused browser that automatically blocks ads and trackers and includes an option to enable specific ads that pay users for their attention in the Basic Attention Tokens cryptocurrency. Collected BAT can be contributed to websites and content creators that support BAT or saved as earned cryptocurrency.
Brave was first released on November 13, 2019.
What is Firefox?
Firefox is an open source browser created by Mozilla, and it was originally released on September 23, 2002. Firefox was originally created by Dave Hyatt, Joe Hewitt, and Blake Ross as a Mozilla project. The browser has undergone several name changes: From Phoenix to Firebird to Firefox.
Brave vs. Firefox: Feature Comparison
|User data synchronization||Yes||Yes|
|Service integrations||Crypto wallets and brave research||Pocket, VPN, password manager and Firefox Relay|
|HTTPS site upgrade||Yes||Yes|
|Tab management||Built-in tab grouping||By extension|
Head-to-head comparison: Brave vs. Firefox
Brave and Firefox offer common user interfaces that everyone would know immediately. Both include tabs, universal address bars, pinned tabs, and easy access to site-by-site security features. Anyone who has used Chrome will feel right at home on Brave, as the user interface is very similar. Firefox developers have slowly evolved their interface to provide a similar experience to Chrome. Both offer dark modes and customizations.
Brave is based on Chromium’s rendering engine, Blink, while Firefox has its own engine, Gecko. Firefox is continually improving the rendering engine with components from the Servo Research Project.
As for performance, Brave renders pages slightly faster than Firefox. Using Basemark’s Web 3.0 benchmarking tool, which runs twenty tests on a web browser, here are the scores the browsers achieved:
- Brave: 647.47
- Firefox: 635.54
The higher the score, the better, so Brave beat Firefox by a narrow margin.
Security and privacy
Brave and Firefox take security seriously. Both browsers do a great job of blocking trackers and ads from the start. The big difference is that Bravo automatically blocks ads, unlike Firefox. To block ads in Firefox, users must set privacy to Strict.
However, Firefox is one step ahead of Brave with its Total Cookie Protection, which isolates site cookies so they can’t be used for cross-site tracking. Firefox also includes containers, which isolate website activity so that individual sites cannot interact with each other.
Brave and Firefox are cross-platform browsers and can be installed on Linux, macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS.
Brave and Firefox allow users to sync their browser data (such as extensions, cookies, passwords, and history) so that they can use the web browser on multiple devices and have their data synced between bodies.
Firefox requires users to create an account and sign in with that account on every instance of the browser. Brave uses a Sync Chain Code or Sync Chain QR Code that you share with each instance you want to sync.
Choosing between Brave and Firefox
If you’re coming from Chrome and looking for a more secure browser, but don’t want to migrate into unfamiliar territory, then Brave might be the perfect browser for you.
If, however, you’re migrating from Chrome and looking for something both different and secure, Firefox is your browser.
Both tools do an outstanding job of rendering pages and protecting your data, so migrating to either would probably be a step up from what you’re already using.
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