There are dozens of web browsers out there, some more popular than others, but only a handful of browsers can really be considered safe and private.
Brave and Tor browsers are certainly among them, and although they are similar in some ways, they are two very different pieces of software.
So, how exactly do they compare when it comes to security and privacy? Let’s find out.
Brave: Security and privacy features
Brave went public at the end of 2019 and quickly became the browser of choice for millions of people around the world, from casual users to technology enthusiasts.
In Brave, it all revolves around Brave Shields, an engine like uBlock Origin that blocks ads, malicious scripts, trackers, and fingerprints. Think of Shields as steroid ad blockers, or better yet, combining privacy and security extensions used in mainstream browsers.
Shields does a lot by default, but users can easily enable aggressive blocking of malvertising and other spam, just as they can configure general privacy and security settings in their browsers.
Brave also has a social media blocking feature that removes social media login buttons and embedded posts from most websites without any problems.
In addition, the browser has a built-in connection to the Tor network, automatically updates all connections to HTTPS, and de-AMPs all links.
Brave’s security and privacy features are exactly why it’s ahead of most major browsers. It’s also much faster and performs better than popular options like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
Of course, there are some drawbacks. First of all, after enabling Shields, you will inevitably come across some websites that simply don’t load properly.
Brave is free, so most of its revenue is achieved through advertising and its Basic Attention Token (BAT) cryptocurrency program. While it’s possible to tweak your browser so that you’ll never encounter ads or participate in cryptocurrency programs, it’s easy to see why someone who cares about security and privacy would find this problematic.
Tor Browser: Is Tor really the ultimate privacy tool?
If you’re concerned about cybersecurity (which everyone should be concerned about), you’ve probably heard of Tor Browser, which is the official browser of the Tor project. So, what exactly is Tor?
Tor, short for The Onion Router, is an open-source software program that anonymizes Internet traffic by directing all traffic through a series of hierarchical nodes.
It is very difficult to track down people who access the internet through Tor, which makes the Tor browser very popular among journalists, whistleblowers, activists, law enforcers, and people whose personal safety depends on online anonymity.
Although Tor Browser uses complex security tools, its interface is fairly simple and intuitive, and the installation and setup of the program itself is simple and straightforward.
Tor looks just like other browsers, but it employs sophisticated encryption technology, blocks intrusive plugins and scripts, comes with several integrated privacy tools, and allows users to access the dark web securely and anonymously.
Simply put, Tor is undoubtedly the safest and most private browser available today.
However, since it routes traffic through a relay network, Tor is very slow, much slower than your normal browser. Startup is also slow, and you won’t be able to download or upload large files using the Tor browser.
Tor vs. Brave: Which one should you use?
So, which browser should you use to protect your privacy and stay safe, Brave or Tor?
The answer is simple: both. Use Brave for everyday browsing and Tor where maximum privacy and security are required.
Brave is fast and reliable. It’s also more secure and anonymous than most browsers, but it’s not as secure and private as Tor.