Brave vs Firefox: Which browser is better on Windows 10?

Cornered by Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, the Brave and Firefox browsers focus on privacy and security as a primary selling point. In many ways, Firefox and Brave look identical on paper, but dig deep and you’ll find all the glaring differences between the two. Let’s compare Firefox to Brave and learn which browser is best for you on Windows 10.

Firefox vs. Brave

The following comparison is based on cross-platform availability, user interface, news integration, features, privacy plugins, and more. Let us begin.

Cross-platform availability

While Brave and Firefox are available on all major platforms including iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac, Firefox outperforms its rival with a native app on the Linux platform.

User interface

Firefox recently got a big makeover on Android and iPhone. Even on the desktop, the company has made significant changes to the user interface to keep up with modern trends.

The default theme looks good and all the iconography is perfect too. You can always go to the theme store and change the whole look of the browser. You can also create your own theme using the built-in theme engine.

If you’re coming from Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, you’ll be right at home with Brave on Windows 10. The browser uses the familiar gray / white theme and you can switch it to dark mode from Settings.

Since the Brave browser is based on a Chromium engine, you can enjoy all the themes available on the Chrome Web Store.

News integration

Almost all browsers offer news integration in one form or another. It is the overall implementation that makes or breaks the user experience.

Brave offers something called Brave News. Stack news stories from different sources on vertical cards. We like the appearance and customization options on offer.

One can enable / disable different news categories, change the background images, and even disable Brave News entirely.

Firefox takes a different route to deliver news to users. The company has partnered with Pocket to deliver relevant news articles to users. How does it work then and is it effective?

First, you must be an active Pocket user to take advantage of what’s new in Firefox. Based on your articles saved in the Pocket service, you will get recommended tips directly on the Firefox home screen.

We like Firefox’s approach here. It offers relevant suggestions, since Pocket already knows your reading habits. The only downside is that you must be an active Pocker user. Otherwise, it will not seem so useful to you.

Password management and features

We won’t talk about page load speeds here, as they are almost identical in both Firefox and Brave. Instead, let’s explore unique features that make Brave and Firefox worthwhile in the desktop browser market.

Firefox has packed its browser offering with its fair share of company-branded features.

Firefox Lockwise is the company’s answer to third-party password managers. It is integrated with the browser and Firefox also offers dedicated mobile applications for iOS and Android.

Firefox Monitor is another cool plugin that monitors your passwords and login information and warns you if you have been part of any recent data breaches.

In terms of privacy, Firefox offers a dedicated protection panel. With that, you can see a detailed report on the number trackers that Firefox stopped during web browsing. Let’s move on to the Brave browser, shall we?

Brave offers something called Brave Rewards. By default, Brave blocks ads, but you can earn tokens by viewing Brave Private Ads and supporting content creators automatically.

Those who invest in cryptocurrencies will find the Brave Crypto Wallet a useful addition. Crypto Wallets allow you to work with cryptocurrencies and related assets in Brave. Crypto Wallets supports Ethereum tokens such as ETH and BAT, as well as collectibles, and allows you to work with Ðapplications and other smart contracts.

Brave recently announced its version of Google search with Brave pursuit. The main goal is to be a private and transparent alternative to Google search with its own independent index. Brave Search is still in beta for now, but you can give it a spin from Brave Settings.

Password management is as standard as other Chromium browsers out there. Firefox easily takes the crown in the password management category.

Extension bracket

It’s a tie here. Firefox, which is the oldest of the competition, has a lot of extension / plugin support from developers. You will not have a hard time finding the corresponding extension in the store.

Brave is based on the open source Chromium project. That is, it is compatible with all the Chrome Web Store extensions that exist. All your favorite Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge extensions are now available in the Brave browser.

Conclusion: Firefox vs Brave

Still confused between Firefox and Brave in Windows 10? Let us simplify the answer for you. Go with Firefox if you want better news integration and a password manager. Please indicate your choice in the Brave browser if you want better privacy features, a unique rewards program, and crypto wallet integration.

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