Google’s Chrome is the most used browser on earth and growing in usage on macOS and iOS. Too many of Apple’s customers don’t know the danger of using Chrome. Chrome’s marketshare indicates many of Apple’s customers use multiple browsers. Me, too. Safari and a personal browser.
Brave. Focus. Zero.
Yes, I use Safari but I’m careful about how I use it because Safari does not have some of the built-in privacy and security options found in a new breed of browsers that are growing in popularity. Yes, the latest versions of Firefox are screaming fast and have more privacy tools than Safari.
What caught my eye and increased usage earlier this year is the Brave browser that runs on macOS and iOS. Without having to install any blockers or anti-tracker options, Brave runs faster than Chrome or Firefox, and you would be hard pressed to tell a difference in Safari vs. Brave.
That’s fast. But that’s not the important issue.
Safari, like Chrome and Firefox, is packed with features, many of which are seldom used. Not Brave. Built in are ad blockers and tracker blockers. Controls and options are available, but Brave is fast because it doesn’t download all that baggage.
Brave is one of my personal browsers; a browser to use when I fear Safari won’t do the blocking deed without help.
Brave runs well on iOS– where all browsers use the same webpage rendering engine– but has some competition with Firefox Focus and Trend Micro’s Zero Browser. Both work much the same way. Everything that tracks gets blocked.
Focus has this great Erase button which instantly erases the browser’s history. Zero Browser also blocks trackers and advertising and has a Touch ID or Face ID lock for viewing or bookmarks.
Caveats? Brave, Firefox Focus, and Zero Browser do not yet synchronize bookmarks between devices, and Focus and Zero do not reside on the Mac. Yet.
Safari has enough extra features– bookmark management is one, and I love the Sidebar, Favorites, and Reading List options, but, this year, thanks to improvements on emerging browser, I have become an alternate browser advocate.
That means two or more browsers, depending upon the device. But Google’s Chrome isn’t on the list anymore.