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    • #2012935 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      I just started testing the Brave browser and I’m impressed. Built-in ad blocking. Tracker blocking (AskWoody still has some Twitter trackers, which I’
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    • #2013005 Reply

      WildBill
      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks for the notice… but so far, Firefox 70.0.1 & its Enhanced Tracking Protection are working fine for me. If Brave provides a higher level of protection, I’ll consider it. I can accept Google, Maps & its snooping on my smartphone, but not on my browser or laptop. That’s just me… though the Assistant is popping up with recommendations that I don’t even ask for lately. Maybe time to turn it Off… if I Can? Not sure if it’s gestures or movement that does it… & I’m Still on Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)!

      Windows 8.1, 64-bit, back in Group A... & leaning toward Windows 10 V1909. As long as it's a Lot Less Buggy!
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      • #2013025 Reply

        anonymous

        @wildbill

        This first part is off topic, so I’ll keep it brief.

        If you want to turn off the assistant, check out the info on the following page by Digital Trends:

        https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-turn-off-google-assistant/

        I made it in text on purpose to avoid having a clickable link, showing there’s no funny business going on. I’ve also been to the page myself to see just what was there. On it, you’ll find the answer to your question about turning off the assistant as well as info on how to tweak its settings to reduce the amount of recommendations you don’t want.

        Ok, enough of the off topic stuff! I will download but not install the Brave browser after reading @douglas9x ‘s post below. Apparently it’s a real chore to get rid of the browser’s traces if you decide you don’t like it too well.

        However, I’m looking for something to use on sites that don’t render well in FF (my current default browser) to the point of being unusable. I have even resorted for some of them to trying them in the portable version of FF with the browser configured as is right out of the box and sadly for some sites it hasn’t helped. For those, I’ve had to resort to (GULP!) using Internet Explorer.

        After reading more about the Brave browser, I may decide to install it after all, but will keep @douglas9x ‘s post below in mind if I decide to uninstall it.

        • #2013235 Reply

          Ascaris
          AskWoody_MVP

          However, I’m looking for something to use on sites that don’t render well in FF (my current default browser) to the point of being unusable.

          Are these sites you would be willing to cite?  I’ve yet to see such a site during the Chrome era, and I wonder if my default blocking of scripts has anything to do with it. I keep hearing about things that don’t work in Firefox, and it usually ends up being some other thing, like ill-advised useragent sniffing or the like. I’d like to see it.  Firefox and Chrome are both meant to be standards-compliant, so if a site works in Chrome but not Firefox, the problem is either that the site is badly coded, or Firefox is.  Whichever it is should be fixed, of course.

          Vivaldi is the only Chromium derivative I know of that has what I consider to be a decent (though not great) UI.  Most of them keep the Chromium UI, which I find to be just awful.  Vivaldi is the only one that brings back the menu bar (which finally works as it should) and the status bar, though tabs between the URL bar and the content remain elusive, as does the ability to place addon icons in the taskbar.  The theme scheme (consisting of four color settings, a slider for corner rounding, and three checkboxes,) is also frustratingly limited, painfully flat, and low in contrast in some areas no matter what settings are chosen… but even so, compared to Chromium itself, Vivaldi is in a different league.  No other Chromium browser maker seems to be interested in fixing the UI for those of us not interested in the Chrome minimalism.

          As for the blocking built into any given browser… unless it is as effective as the standard-bearers, uBlock Origin for ads, Privacy Badger for trackers, or uMatrix/NoScript (either will work) for trackers and other scripts, it won’t make a difference to me, as I am going to be using those extensions even if they only offer a slight bit of improvement over the built in one.  If Google continues to try to neuter adblocker extensions, though, the built-ins could be a good choice, as they will not be subject to the limitations Google imposes on extensions.

          Several of the makers of Chromium-based browsers have said that they will revert the Google limits on extensions that limit the functionality of adblockers, but if the developers of those extensions cater to Chrome, it won’t matter that some browsers can still run the full-power adblockers, because there won’t be any.  In that case, a built-in adblocker becomes a “killer” feature, as they say.

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    • #2012994 Reply

      anonymous

      …AskWoody still has some Twitter trackers, which I’m running down right now…

      According to my copy of Firefox 70.0.1, those are:  platform.twitter.com, syndication.twitter.com, cdn.syndication.twimg.com, abs.twimg.com, and pbs.twimg.com.

      Platform.twitter.com, syndication.twitter.com and cdn.syndication.twimg.com also leave behind Cross-Site tracking cookies according to Firefox 70.0.1.

      All of the above have been noticed on the main AskWoody.com home page, they aren’t listed for this page by my copy of Firefox.

      I used Firefox’s privacy report feature to obtain the above information.

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      • #2013019 Reply

        anonymous

        Anonymous poster from #2012994, just above, here. When I said

        they aren’t listed for this page by my copy of Firefox.

        I meant that those trackers were only found on the main AskWoody.com page, the “home” page for this entire site, they weren’t found on the page this thread is on. I hope that clears up any misunderstandings anyone might have after reading that post, thereby reducing the amount of head scratching going on. 🙂

    • #2013022 Reply

      douglas9x
      AskWoody Lounger

      When you uninstall Brave you will be faced with a real task removing all traces….even with Revo Uninstaller……i’ll stick with Ad Guard and Vivaldi

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      • #2013024 Reply

        mn–
        AskWoody Lounger

        When you uninstall Brave you will be faced with a real task removing all traces…

        Well, that one’s a bit easier on Linux.

        “sudo apt-get purge brave-browser brave-keyring ; sudo rm -rf /home/*/.config/BraveSoftware /home/*/.cache/BraveSoftware “

        • #2013227 Reply

          Ascaris
          AskWoody_MVP

          And as an added plus, you get full control over the updates.

          Group "L" (KDE Neon User Edition 5.17.4).

          • This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by  Ascaris.
      • #2014774 Reply

        Microfix
        Da Boss

        Didn’t like the initial automatic connections to servers for the default screen statistics. At the time of testing june/july 2019 there was brave’s own advertising which just reminded me of avasts tactics.
        What I did like was the speed/ responsiveness of the browser, far quicker than Chrome/firefox but just couldn’t bring myself to trust the browser for mission critical/private stuff..never say never, it was too early for that particular browser switch/companion for me on windows.

        @douglas9x I encountered the very same with regards to uninstalling brave earlier this year, the remnants were strewn everywhere: prog files, prog data, user profile xxx, user profile default and the registry..needed major manual surgery.

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    • #2013036 Reply

      anonymous

      Main issue with alternatives to Chrome like FF is that they are slower. How is Brave’s speed vs. Chrome?

    • #2013067 Reply

      TheWatch
      AskWoody Lounger

      Woody (and all),

      Thanks for calling attention to “other” players in the browser world!

      I tried Brave a few months ago, but there was no way to simply turn off the phoning home for updates (and whatever else). My non-Windows firewall alerted me to the very frequent outbound stuff. Searching Internet revealed they had no intention of changing that so I uninstalled.

      Yeah, updates are good for security, but I want “on-demand” check for updates.

      Chromium based Iridium Browser seemed cool, but it has NO update mechanism, so one has to manually download and install every update. The other extreme…

      Currently trying and liking (primary) Waterfox (still uses most old Firefox add-ons, yet gets updates). Also, (secondary) Vivaldi with auto-updates turned off (I check fairly regularly myself), though mixed reviews on Vivaldi’s privacy.

    • #2013069 Reply

      Cybertooth
      AskWoody Plus

      I’ve been flirting with the Brave browser since the early versions.

      In the early releases, the open tabs were shown right above the Web page contents, whereas in the current version the tabs are shown at the top of the screen above the URL line, which strikes me as illogical.

      On the other hand, in the current version, when you print a Web page to PDF, the hyperlinks on the page are preserved in the output file, which is a big plus for my work.

      I like it that Brave offers a way to donate to the sites that we visit, but in my view they need to simplify the method, it’s a convoluted process that will deter everyone except uber-geeks. (And it didn’t seem to work in Windows 7 or Linux, IIRC.)  I suspect the idea won’t really take off until they can link your payments to something that “normal people” will grasp immediately, like a credit card number.

       

      • #2013090 Reply

        Ascaris
        AskWoody_MVP

        The tabs on top of the URL bar thing bugs me too, and it’s spread like a virus throughout the browser market, with all of the major current browsers (that are available for Windows or Linux desktops) having that layout.

        Mozilla, of course, copied that format (and the default removal of the File, Edit, View… menu bar) from Chrome years ago with the Australis interface, and they doubled down on that in Firefox Quantum by removing the Firefox button (in the upper left of the title bar by default, if I remember) and putting its contents in the hamburger button on the far right side of the URL bar, just like Chrome, and with the exact same menu as Chrome too.

        Brave got the tabs on top of the URL bar when they adopted Chromium as their base.  It supposedly had a lot more customizability available when they used the Muon engine (Muon also being the name of the KDE Package manager… different thing!), but now it’s like so many of the Chromium descendants… very little customization.  Many Brave users are requesting the old options back, but so far, the answer has been no.

        Vivaldi is the most customizable of the Chromium descendants, and while it offers the tabs on the bottom and on the left, it still does not allow them to be right above the web content.  At least Firefox allows them to be moved with a custom .css stylesheet, which is the sole reason Firefox is even installed on my PC at all anymore.  Without that, if Waterfox went away, I’d go to Vivaldi, not Firefox.

        How much longer Firefox will have this feature (the ability to use userChrome.css and userContent.css) is a big question mark, but my prediction is that it will be removed at some point soon (within the next year would be my guess).  Chrome doesn’t have that feature, so it’s probably going to be axed at some point in Mozilla’s never-ending quest to be Chrome.

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    • #2013103 Reply

      wavy
      AskWoody Plus

      FWIW PaleMoon still has options from the GUI.

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    • #2013150 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      I like using Brave over Chrome. Most of the time I use Safari on my Mac, but when I need to test stuff based on Chromium, I prefer to use Brave over Chrome.

      Nathan Parker

    • #2013301 Reply

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      I have found Brave to be fast. I like to have a few options when browsing the web, so I keep Brave around as an available browser, in case Firefox or another browser I use isn’t the best browser to use for a particular website.

      Group "L" (Linux Mint)
      with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
    • #2013321 Reply

      anonymous

      Maybe it’s time for an all-out browser comparison to choose the best going forward into this Orwellian age?

    • #2013340 Reply

      anonymous

      I’m not displeased with the Comodo Dragon (sic) browser from security firm, you guessed, Comodo.
      It’s another Chrome/chromium derivative, with Google tracking removed and a handful of custom extensions built-in. Il also accepts standard Chrome extensions from the Google store (which is not the case of other browsers built on chromium base; as for Brave, I don’t know one way or another).

      And for those who prefer Mozilla-based, Comodo also offers their in-house variant dubbed Ice Dragon (that I have not tried).

      Both downloads available (free) from the website, comodo.com. I am NOT affiliated with Comodo, just a user.

      Added notice : The Dragon’s version updates follow Chrome’s own, after some delay, except for important security updates which are included sooner – this IMO is an advantage.
      Also, after installing the Dragon, and after updating it, it /will/ pop up (once) an offer to install some Comodo security suite – which you are free to decline. Perso I decline it: not recommending pro or against.

    • #2013365 Reply

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      For what it’s worth, when I did a test for Brave a while back, I didn’t install it.  I used the portable version.  Perhaps others will find that method useful.

      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/brave-browser/#post-1959140

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

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    • #2013710 Reply

      techweenie
      AskWoody Lounger

      From a business standpoint, the only browser I’ll consider is Chrome because it has group policies.  I block all plugins that aren’t approved and force it to be default.  No more popups and hijacked settings.  Show me another browser that can do that.

    • #2013764 Reply

      LoneWolf
      AskWoody Plus

      Brave Browser has already replaced  Chrome (and Vivaldi) as my Chromium-engined browser of choice.  I don’t use all of Vivaldi’s features; I don’t like Google’s possible hooks into their browser for their own purposes.  Brave has a similar interface to Chrome but much better privacy protections.

      There are a few situations where I need to disable Shields (2-factor auth through Azure<->Duo being my best-known one) but I think it’s one of the most mature options in a world of browsers.  And while I like Firefox (and use it), Brave feels snappier.

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    • #2014760 Reply

      cptomes
      AskWoody Plus

      I’ve disliked Chrome for years.  Only had it installed as a test/failover browser in case Firefox isn’t happy.

       

      Then when Firefox we totally belly up on my 10.12 mbp, I uninstalled all traces of it and switched to Brave.  Super fast!  Very happy with it so far.

      Hey look! Another Feature Update!

      You mean I shouldn't click Check for Updates?

      Why does it keep saying "Something Happened"?

    • #2016474 Reply

      carpintero
      AskWoody Lounger

      sites that don’t render well in FF

      Very frequent.
      Waterfox serves well for those cases.

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