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Tell HN: There is no reason not to use Brave
7 points by d--b 9 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 15 comments
Hey HN,

Just wanted to share that I've just installed Brave (from Chrome) to see what it was like. I thought I'd have to recreate all my passwords and shortcuts and stuff, and that it'd be missing some functionality.

In fact, it feels exactly the same as Chrome (plus a builtin ad blocker).

I wish I'd known earlier that it wasn't half baked...

The only problem I have is that I am not used to the lion icon :-)






Except if you are happy with Safari or Firefox or MS Edge ;)

Negative comments regarding Brave usually center around either their ad blocking and replacement strategy and "fairness" to advertisers or the political views of Brendan Eich.

As if advertisers somehow deserve "fairness" as they unfairly track and invade and usurp your privacy.

Choosing personal privacy over politics and "fairness" to advertisers should be a no brainer.


You're pretending like you're taking a downgrade on personal privacy by not using Brave, as if everything it does cannot be replicated or surpassed with 5 minutes of effort on any other browser.

...replicated or surpassed with 5 minutes of effort on any other browser.

You're pretending like this 5 minutes of effort won't have to repeated in the future.

Other viable add-on options are certainly available but in my experience, I have not found these to surpass the speed and ease of maintenance I get built-in with Brave.


> You're pretending like this 5 minutes of effort won't have to repeated in the future.

Every time you install the browser or buy a new computer, I guess? 5 minutes every couple of years seems like a negligible amount for me. Not to mention the fact that in Firefox you can just carry over your profiles folder, so it's more like 30 seconds every couple of years.

I actually quite like Brave as a browser and recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to or isn't going to be able to fiddle with setting things up. I just don't think the value proposition is compelling enough for me to reconsider.


Every time you install the browser or buy a new computer, I guess?

Or until they issue an update or change their API and your add-ons suddenly stop working.

https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2021/02/01/addons-mozilla-or...


That's a fair point, but this change comes after 5 years. Again, spread over that time span, the effort is negligible.

Sure, the blocker being a first-class citizen on Brave is certainly helpful and perhaps a marker of reliability (imo it is too young of a project to tell). I take that point, but there just isn't enough instability or unreliability on something like Firefox to warrant a switch for me (yet).

I also prefer a more granular control over my blocking, which Brave doesn't offer. I understand this isn't something the majority cares about, but I'm only talking about myself here.


I, too, switched to Brave on all platforms a few days ago. Hands down the best 'Chromium with extras' experience so far.

The controversial ad strategy is completely opt-in, and at this point I haven't read up on it, and just let it stay turned off.

The sync is encrypted, the adblocker is what you'd expect, and the browsing is really fast (on Linux and Android, at least).


If Brave would have just used a different engine under the hood than Chromium, I would be all over it.

I am not anti-Chromium, just pro-browser diversity.


> In fact, it feels exactly the same as Chrome

That sounds like a good reason not to use it.


Brave is faster because it doesn't load ads or report back to daddy Google.

You've missed the point my man.

Being "like Chrome but not Chrome" is not a positive thing.


Like Chrome but faster and with much improved privacy is a positive thing.

It seems that Google Pay doesn't work in Brave

Point to Brave.

Google Pay is about as anti-privacy as it gets.

You are handing Google your identity info and connecting to your Google ID. They don't even have to work for it.




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