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.
Firefox being experienced supports more platforms. You find both on desktop computers and mobile phones, while Firefox also supports Chrome OS.
Both support synchronisation, but how you sync devices is different. With Firefox, you can sync:
- Open tabs
- 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 to option to scan the QR code of the desktop Firefox to sign in quickly.
On the other hand, Brave does not support account, making it a little bit 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 can paste those words into another device to start synchronisation.
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 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 own cookie jar.
On the other hand, Brave also comes with Standard Protection, which warns about any dangerous events when they happen and checks for the unsafe URLs.
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. On a mobile phone, you don’t have the master password, so you must log in with the phone’s login method, i.e. biometrics or your PIN code, to view the stored passwords.
Brave also allows saving and syncing passwords. The browser does not come with a master password, so the only option you have 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 checks for updates, harmful extensions, and protection status of the browser.
HTTPS is a more secure protocol that websites use these days. The protocol is essential for websites asking for any information from users, such as forms and payments.
Both Firefox and Brave 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 perspective, Firefox handles this option better because at least you know what is happening.
The first test is the performance test. For this test, I went on a couple of news websites. Brave performed better than Firefox in both rounds. Here is the table displaying the results:
|Test 1||3.51 Seconds||3.41 Seconds|
|Test 2||4.53 Seconds||1.3 Seconds|
Both browsers block certain types of scripts that make them faster, but Brave blocks all the advertisements, which makes it faster than most of the browsers out there.
The battery test is split into two sections: Windows and Android. We conduct this test by playing the same video on full HD quality on full volume in both browsers.
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 a bit 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.
I followed the same procedure on Android. I played a 6-minute video in both. Both consumed zero per cent battery, so the Android test is a tie.
In this section of Firefox vs. Brave, we cover some additional options.
Both support extensions on desktop computers. Because Brave is based on the Chromium project, it supports almost all the extensions available on Chome Web Store. Firefox contrarily offers extensions, but not as many as Brave.
As we have discussed, Brave blocks ads, which of course, is against content creators. But, Brave has come up with a way for rewarding site owners and writers. The browser sends ads in notifications with 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.
Finally, both offer the basic dark theme option, but the mobile app of Brave offers a night mode, which changes the site’s layout while visiting. For example, white background and black colour text changes to the black background and white colour fonts. The option can be found in the Samsung browser as well.
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, and fast browser, Firefox is the right choice.
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.