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Mozilla Firefox vs Brave

Firefox vs Brave
Firefox vs Brave

There are plenty of browsers in the online world. Some are just regular browsers, while some offer something new to try. Brave is one of those browsers. It is new but has acquired a search engine.

So, how does it compare with our experienced and trusted Mozilla Firefox? The article takes a ride on both and covers Mozilla Firefox vs. Brave.

Differences

Brave blocks ads, while Firefox blocks other tracking scripts, but it does not block ads.

Both provide HTTPS features, but both perform differently (check the HTTPS section).

Brave has a text-to-speech feature by default, while Firefox can have this feature with an add-on.

Both have a screenshot feature.

Both support syncing.

FIrefox comes with its own VPN, while Brave does not.

Both also offer reader mode, bookmark manager, spell checker, and search engine settings.

Performance test

Firefox vs. Brave – Performance Test

So, which one is faster? I took two tests to find that out. Brave performed better than Firefox in both rounds. Here is the table displaying the results:

TestFirefoxBrave
Test 13.51 Seconds3.41 Seconds
Test 24.53 Seconds1.3 Seconds
Test results table

Both browsers block certain scripts that make them faster, but Brave blocks advertisements, making it faster than most browsers.

Firefox vs Brave: Battery test

The battery test is split into two sections: Windows and Android. I conducted this test by playing the same video on full HD quality on total volume in both browsers.

Windows

Battery Test on Windows PC

Both browsers were not used for at least 24 hours before the test. After playing an 8-minutes video, I concluded that Firefox drains more battery.

It’s strange, considering Brave is built on Chromium, but it consumed 5%, which was 2% less battery than Firefox (7%). You can watch the video to see both in action.

Android

Battery Test on Android

I followed the same procedure on Android and played a 6-minute video in both. Both consumed zero per cent battery, so the Android test is a tie. 

Platforms

Firefox, being experienced, supports more platforms. You find both on desktop computers and mobile phones, while Firefox supports Chrome OS.

Synchronisation

Both support synchronisation, but how you sync devices is different. With Firefox, you can sync:

  • Passwords
  • Open tabs
  • Bookmarks
  • Add-ons (desktop only)
  • Browsing history
  • and settings

You can sign in with your Firefox account to enable synchronisation, while on the mobile phone, you also have the option to scan the QR code of the desktop Firefox to sign in.

On the other hand, Brave does not support accounts, making it difficult to sync. In the browser settings, you can generate a QR code just like Firefox to enable syncing.

You also have the option to create a sync code that generates some random words. You paste those words into another device to start synchronisation.

Related: Google Chrome vs. Brave Browser

Security

Firefox comes with two-level security. You get Standard Enhanced Tracking Protection enabled, which blocks social media trackers, cross-site tracking, and crypto miners. The standard protection does not break the site’s layout.

The Strict Enhanced Tracking Protection comes with total cookie protection, which blocks all third-party cookies and gives each website its cookie jar.

On the other hand, Brave also comes with Standard Protection, which warns about any dangerous events and checks for unsafe URLs.

Passwords

In terms of passwords in Firefox vs Brave, Firefox saves passwords in the Firefox account. On desktop computers, the program also comes with a master password required for the first time using a saved password in that browser session.

You also need the master password to see all saved passwords. You don’t have the master password on a mobile phone, so you must log in with the phone’s login method to view the stored passwords, i.e. biometrics or your PIN code.

Brave also allows saving and syncing passwords. The browser does not come with a master password, so the only option to view the stored passwords is to use your computer/mobile sign-in method, just like Google Chrome.

Furthermore, the app comes with a safety check option to check for updates, harmful extensions, and the protection status of the browser.

HTTPS

Firefox-HTTPS-Mode-Alert
Firefox HTTPS Mode Alert

The HTTPS protocol is essential for websites asking for any information from users, such as forms and payments. Both come with an HTTPS only mode to upgrade HTTP connections to HTTPS. But, both work differently.

Firefox checks if the site can support HTTPS, and if it can’t, the browser shows a warning. If you proceed, the browser temporarily deactivates the HTTPS only mode for that site.

Brave, on the contrary, does not give any warning. It simply opens the website in HTTP mode. From my viewpoint, Firefox handles this option better because at least you know what is happening.

Related: Samsung Internet vs. Google Chrome

Additional features

In this section of Firefox vs. Brave, we cover some additional options.

Extensions

Both support extensions on desktop computers. Because Brave is based on the Chromium project, it supports almost all the extensions available on Chrome Web Store. Firefox contrarily offers extensions, but not as many as Brave.

Brave rewards

As we have discussed, Brave blocks ads, which of course, is against content creators. But, Brave has come up with a way of rewarding site owners and writers. The browser sends notification ads. These ads are called Brave ads. Users get Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) to view those ads.

Users can cash out BAT to their cryptocurrency accounts or tip their favourite content creators for their efforts.

Themes

Brave-Browser-Night-Mode
Brave Browser Night Mode

Finally, both offer the basic dark theme option, but the mobile app of Brave provides a night mode, which changes the site’s layout while visiting.

For example, the white background and black colour text change to the black background and white colour fonts. The option can be found in the Samsung browser as well.

Related: DuckDuckGo vs Firefox

Video

Still not sure? Watch this Firefox vs Brave video and see how both programs work.

Comparison video

Which one is for you?

Both are private and open source, but Firefox is experienced. The usage of Brave is less than 3%, so it has a long way to go. If you don’t like ads and like the idea of helping the creators that you like, then go with Brave. If you want a simple, secure, fast browser, Firefox is the right choice.

Brave vs Firefox: Links

Summary

Both browsers are privacy-focused, so either way, you will not be disappointed. The fight of Firefox vs Brave Browser ends here. I hope the article made it easier to choose the right browser. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments so that we can discuss more.

Mark

Monday 20th of September 2021

Really, all that smoke and no fire? I just waisted 10 minutes for you to give a rundown on the two Browser's and I'm still waiting. You haven't told us anything but "try them out for yourself". Why didn't you just sum up your intro with that. That was the lamest report I have ever read, a kindergarten class could have done that well if not better... .really? Regards.

Madhsudhan

Monday 20th of September 2021

What else did you want? Performance, speed test, battery test, security, syncing... If this did not help you, then I don't think any comparison will. Have a nice day.

Regards.

AW

Sunday 12th of September 2021

In order to replace privacy corrupt Chrome, I ran Edge, Firefox and Brave for a month. Brave was the first to be uninstalled and deleted because it can't display or save pdfs. There are many threads confirming this ongoing bug that is specific to Brave: https://community.brave.com/t/how-to-handle-pdf-files-in-brave/104110/7

L.A.Superstar

Sunday 14th of November 2021

You should learn how to use computers for basic tasks first!