Whatever comes before alpha is what you get with Brave, a brave new Mac browser with builds in all the latest buzzword compliant security features now becoming popular among Mac users. I know what you’re thinking. ‘What? Another Mac browser? Why?’ I hear you and I feel your pain. But look what you get for free.
Afraid? Be Brave!
Considering how many decent web browsers there are for Mac users to choose from these days, it’s easy for us to think we live in the golden age of browsers. Times have changed. The trend today is toward security and privacy and you’re not likely to get much of that from Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, or even Apple’s Safari without adding on a few extensions (Ghostery is one we like and here’s why).
Some estimates indicate that 20-percent to 40-percent of all Mac browser users have ad blockers installed. Brave comes with built-in ad blockers and tracker blockers. That means it loads website pages much faster because it won’t download ads and trackers. As a browser, Brave looks and feels much like Chrome and has similar Preferences.
Brave has toolbar options, home page settings, bookmarks, and a choice of which search engine you prefer to use. The browser also renders webpages like Chrome, but with some settings on Brave blocks legitimate embedded images and ignores some advertisements.
Privacy settings include options to block ads, cookies, and tracking scripts, and even has a setting to force HTTPS where it works. There’s also an option to block phishing and malware (something nearly every browser has these days).
A Security preference setting does allow for 1Password, LastPass, and Dashlane (all popular password managers that integrate with browsers).
There’s also an option to install Adobe’s Flash if you must.
Brave doesn’t do much more than you can do on Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Opera with a few add ons, but having them already built in and activated (or edited with Preferences) is handy. The only issue I can see after using it a couple of hours is that Brave won’t display the Mac360 logo graphic (probably because it is served from a CDN), but does display the lone graphic advertisement on each page. Go figure, right?
Brave, for now, is free, but it’s also earlier than beta at version 0.11.0. It’s almost like a pre-Alpha but it works well.