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Mozilla Firefox vs. Brave

Mozilla 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. Initially, it was a browser, but it has its own search engine now.

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

Platforms

Both are available to download on desktop computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux), as well as Android and iOS. Both also support Chrome OS through Linux support.

Synchronization

Both support synchronization, 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 synchronization, 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, but you can easily sync devices using the QR code.

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

Here is what Brave supports:

  • Bookmarks
  • Passwords
  • Autofill data
  • History
  • Open tabs
  • Extensions
  • Themes
  • Apps

Quick differences

Brave blocks ads, while Firefox does not.

Both block third-party cookies by default.

Firefox blocks tracking or malicious scripts by default, whereas Brave has this option, but you must enable it in the settings.

Brave comes with a crypto wallet to keep your coins.

Both can upgrade connections to HTTPS, but both perform differently (check the HTTPS section).

Brave has a text-to-speech feature.

Both have a screenshot feature, but taking screenshots in Firefox is much easier than in Brave.

Firefox has a VPN on desktop browsers (limited countries), whereas Brave has a VPN on mobile devices.

Brave comes with Brave Talk, where you can video call up to four people without creating an account.

Firefox has built-in Picture-in-Picture mode.

Both also offer reader mode, bookmark manager, and spell checker options.

Both allow you to enable the dark mode.

Privacy and security

Brave Shields Settings
Brave Shields Settings

Firefox comes with two-level security. You get Standard Enhanced Tracking Protection enabled, which blocks social media trackers, cross-site tracking, crypto miners, fingerprinter, and content tracking in private windows. It also offers total cookie protection.

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

It also has Custom Enhanced tracking protection, allowing users to choose the trackers to block.

Brave also comes with Standard Protection, which warns about dangerous events and checks for unsafe URLs.

You can adjust the fingerprinting and cookie settings. Other than that, Brave lets you enable and disable::

  • Google login button on websites
  • Facebook login button
  • Twitter embeds on other websites
  • LinkedIn embeds

Lastly, like the checkup option in Chrome, Brave can check for updates, browsing settings, and extensions simultaneously.

Brave’s injecting referral links

I think this issue should be discussed in this section because Brave was caught injecting its referral codes into website URLs.

As reported by CR1337 on Twitter, going to some websites redirects to the referral pages, which is a huge deal considering Brave is a privacy-focused browser.

Supported Search engines

Even though Brave has its engine, they still haven’t set that as the default. Both have Google as the default search engine on desktop and mobile phones.

Both come with a few search engines to select, including Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia.

Firefox vs. Brave: Passwords

Firefox saves passwords in your Firefox account. On desktop computers, the program also comes with a primary password, which protects your credentials and passwords for sites, and you can only view them by using your primary password.

We don’t have the primary password on a mobile phone but can use 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.

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 specific 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 percent battery, so the Android test is a tie. 

Related: Google Chrome vs. Brave

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.

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

The service has introduced another layer of protection called DNS over HTTPS (DoH), which stops ISPs from seeing your data. The feature is helpful while connected to public wi-fi.

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

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 favorite content creators for their efforts.

Related: DuckDuckGo vs. Firefox

Video

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

Comparison video

Is Brave better than Firefox?

Both are excellent browsers. Firefox is experienced and has been working on great technologies to help users browse safely and securely.

Brave also offers many privacy options, but customizing Brave is a bit complex. It also has a different concept of earning coins, but I don’t see that helping anyone yet.

If you are an average person who likes to browse the good-old internet, go with Firefox.

Brave vs. Firefox: Links

Summary

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 we can discuss more.

SWDweller

Friday 28th of October 2022

I am reading about new browsers after the FF update changed my browser with out asking. I detest being forced to follow big brother. I understand the need and desire for new things and offerings. But to have them changing the settings on my computer is the fastest way to have me go elsewhere.

IronRod

Friday 30th of September 2022

This was a poorly researched article. You clearly haven't used Brave enough. It easily syncs between computers; I do it all the time. It doesn't require an account (i.e., a login) but relies upon a signature you share between the computers.

BTW: I've used both browsers though, currently, I use Brave as my primary browser on Windows, Linux, and Android.

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!