About six weeks ago, I started using the Brave browser because I just could no longer bear the slow load times of my pages within the Chrome browser. When I first started using Chrome over a decade ago, it was the fastest browser on the market. I switched to Chrome from Mozilla Firefox.
Over the years, web browsing has changed considerably. There are now more advertisers, and more display advertising, than ever before. Video advertising has become increasingly more popular, and many of the videos you find on top web publications such as Entrepreneur, Forbes, and The New York Times-publications that I frequent quite often because my occupation requires it-are pre-roll, meaning they begin playing the moment you land on a website.
These types of ads and media features clog up bandwidth and slow down page load speeds. Due to my occupation-I’m a professional web publication editor and currently edit/curate three niche online publications-it is imperative that I be able to analyze the news, grab what I need, and move on as quickly as possible.
That’s why I switched to the Brave browser.
Features of the Brave Browser
Chrome is a good browser is you are a casual Internet user. It has some features that are handy. In fact, Chrome extensions are awesome. When I discovered Brave, I was a bit skeptical but curious enough to try it. It didn’t take long for me to realize it was going to help me in my business.
First, Brave allows me to block advertising. Unlike ad blocker extensions you can install on your Chrome browser, Brave’s ad blocking feature is baked into the browser. That means it isn’t detectable (yet) by web publishers. If you install an ad blocker on Chrome, or any other browser, and a web publisher incorporates an ad blocker detector, they will often block their content unless you whitelist their website on your ad blocker. In many cases, that’s okay; but far too often, you’ll get stuck waiting for large ads, video pre-rolls, and high graphic content to load. It defeats the purpose for me as a web publication editor.
Brave is a great alternative because I have yet to have a web publication ask me to whitelist them or refuse to show me their content.
Brave also comes with built-in privacy features. So whatever you are browsing online is between you and whatever website you are on. I’ve also made DuckDuckGo my default search engine because of its enhanced privacy features.
One of the selling points of the Brave browser is your ability to earn Basic Attention Token (BAT) by viewing ads. But you can turn it off. I do turn mine off while I’m working so I can minimize distractions while I’m editing. Even with this feature turned on, my browsing experience is faster than on Chrome, which means I can get more done in less time and earn more money as a freelance writer and editor. But when I’m done with my work, I flip the switch and allow the ads to go through so I can earn additional BAT. It’s an awesome feature.
Brave has other features too, which I’m sure you’ll find useful, but these are some of the features I like best.
Publications I Edit With My Brave Browser
My first online publication editing gig was about two-and-a-half years ago (actually, I’ve had others before that, but this is my most recent current first publication). I started with Lending Times, a publication specializing in the alternative lending market. With Chrome, it takes me two-and-a-half to three hours to edit. With the Brave browser, I can do it in just over two hours.
In January 2018, I started editing Blockchain Times, a sister publication. On a given day, Blockchain Times can take anywhere from three to five hours. It depends on how much news there is that day. That’s with Chrome. With Brave, I can do it in half an hour to an hour less time.
Most recently, I started editing . I was already using Brave when I started editing this newsletter, but I’ve gotten it down to about two hours. I’m sure it would take me longer than that if I was using Chrome.
Because I’m sold on Brave, I don’t think I’ll go back to Chrome. It was easy migrating all my bookmarks and the necessary extension. Everything I need is inside Brave. In fact, I love it so much I’ve become a verified publisher. Now, you can tip me on my two websites, CryptoBloggers and Taylored Content, as well as on Twitter.
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Originally published at http://www.cryptobloggers.us on June 4, 2019.