The internet has become an important part of life. Barely a day goes by without checking social media posts, or sending an email, or seeking answers with a search engine.
To do all these you need a browser that is capable of meeting all your needs. This article will introduce and compare two browsers that are amongst the very beat: Brave vs Vivaldi.
For most people, the decision on what browser to actively engage with has been made. This article will give reasons why you should reconsider Brave and Vivaldi as new options. Others, who may be dissatisfied with what they already have will be given the information they need about two of the best browsers available.
Google Chrome dominates amongst browsers, accounting for over 50% of all web traffic. For many, it is the default browser on their devices. However, Brave and Vivaldi are relatively new developments with an ever-increasing user base.
In choosing a browser some consider privacy to be the most important consideration. They will no doubt prefer a browser that prevents tracking and gives them notable options for anonymity.
For others, speed is their number one reason. Others like a browser with a high-performance level or one that has different customization options. Brave and Vivaldi will be compared along these lines.
Brave vs Vivaldi: Background Information
The amount of active users is constantly increasing. Based on Google’s open-source Chromium project, Brave has many similarities with Chrome and even enjoys access to its library of extensions.
However Brave has some unique advantages which have propelled its increase in popularity. It is fast. Using Brave will save you a lot of time over time.
Its main selling point, however, is its emphasis on privacy, and it no doubt should be one of the main options for those who value their privacy on the internet.
Many have concerns about the constant tracking of users by websites, and the amount of information tech giants like Google and Facebook have about their users is upsetting to some. For people with such concerns, Brave is a welcome development.
Brave has inbuilt features that block ads and trackers. In addition, it has options for privacy tabs that keep users protected. These and other features make Brave one of the best privacy browsers.
Vivaldi, just like Brave has seen a great degree of growth in recent years. Developed by Vivaldi technologies and created by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. It was launched in April 2016. It is licensed as proprietary freeware, unlike Brave which is a free and open-source browser.
Vivaldi has over 1.2 million active monthly users. Though it was designed for use by everyone, it’s initial and perhaps its most vital target is technically oriented users as well as former Opera users who are dissatisfied with its transition from a Presto layout engine to a Chromium-based browser that led to a loss of many of its iconic features.
Though Vivaldi is also a Chromium-based browser it offers many proprietary modifications that aim to revive the presto-Opera features. Vivaldi has several unique features and customization options. This innovation with regards to customization and its features is its distinct selling point.
Vivaldi began as a virtual community that replaced my Opera which was closed by Opera Software in March 2014. Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner disagreed with the decision create to Vivaldi as a virtual community to provide registered users with a discussion forum, blogging services, and several other practical web services.
For some Vivaldi is seen as a niche browser, though its features and interface will appeal to almost anyone who gives it a try. Another sticking point for many people was a lack of a mobile version of the browser but a September 2019 release of an Android version aims to rectify that.
Brave vs Vivaldi: An In-depth Comparison 🔎
Both brave and Vivaldi have several customization options. Brave allows you to customize how a web page or site will load and what happens when it does. You have the freedom to block some elements of the page from loading.
Brave, however, offers little customization in terms of the user interface. Vivaldi, on the other hand, offers many more customization options in that regard.
You have total license to reposition the tabs so they appear at either side of the screen, or even at the bottom making it easier to keep track of all open web pages.
The address bar can also be placed wherever you want it. The panel with short cuts and notes can be placed at either side depending on your preference.
Vivaldi offers you great freedom in choosing how you want the browser to appear. There is also a reader mode for reading articles in which you can choose or change the font size, color, and type. You can also choose where to save your screenshots.
It will be fair to say that Vivaldi offers incredible customization options. This gives users control of how their browser looks.
It is much easier to personalize your use of Vivaldi than most other browsers. Brave on the other hand mainly offers customization that affects privacy and performance, with less emphasis on aesthetics.
For some, the choice of what browser to use simply is based on whether it is appealing to the eyes. Brave has a simple layout. For each tab, you open a new beautiful wallpaper appears.
Time is displayed at the right along with statistics on the number of ads and trackers blocked, HTTPS requested and time saved by the browser. Brave chooses to emphasize its selling points of speed and privacy with its design.
In general, Brave follows the pattern you have come to expect, with tabs at the top, the address bar just below it, and enough space for bookmarks. There are shortcuts to bookmarks and settings at the bottom.
Vivaldi goes outside the box with its user interface. As has been touched upon, users are given much freedom to decide how they want their browser to look like.
There is a sidebar where you can make notes, create shortcuts to different sites, view history and do several other things. You have the freedom to decide where you want your tabs or bookmarks to appear.
Vivaldi has a vibrant user interface. There is no doubt that issues of aesthetics and customization are very important to the creators of Vivaldi.
Adblocking is something Brave excels at. With Vivaldi, as with most other browsers, you need extensions such as Adblocks and unlock Origin to enjoy the ad-blocking feature. Vivaldi is a Chromium-based browser so you can enjoy most extensions enjoyed by Google Chrome users.
Brave blocks ads without the need for an extension. The number of ads blocked is displayed for you when you open a new tab.
Because ads are blocked, pages have fewer data to load and hence load faster. The ad-block feature, therefore, saves you time and uses fewer data and by extension, money.
You can choose to allow ads or even what websites ads can be displayed on using the brave icon at the address bar. Brave gives its users more control over ads than most other browsers.
Another interesting thing about Brave’s approach to ads is their rewards system. Users who choose to allow ads are rewarded with 70% of the revenue from the ads.
The reward is given in the form of Basic Attention Token (BAT) a cryptocurrency. Users do not have the option to convert it to currency but they can tip their favorite websites or publishers.
These tips can be done manually by the user or automatically, allowing Brave to reward websites based on how much time you spend on them and not the number of ads they show. This ensures that websites and content creators are more focused on quality content and not on adverts.
Brave is definitely showing great innovation in their approach to ads.
One major effect of having an ad blocker is increased speed. Because Brave has an inbuilt adblocker, there are fewer data to load per page, and they load faster.
Vivaldi, while maintaining decent speed is not as fast as Brave. Brave is one of the fastest browsers you can have both on mobile and the desktop version.
Privacy and Security:-
We have elected to combine these two features because they are linked. Usually, measures taken to enhance privacy will have an effect in increasing security. Furthermore, more private connections are less open to malware.
Brave and Vivaldi are both Chromium-based browsers and are both susceptible to similar security threats. However, their approach to privacy and security are different.
Vivaldi has a “do not track” option which will ask websites not to track you. Some websites still track you nonetheless. Unlike Chrome, Vivaldi will not collect or sell user data so privacy is reasonably respected. Vivaldi employs Google DNS and other phishing malware protection.
Brave, on the other hand, emphasizes privacy to a greater degree and are more proactive in ensuring the privacy of their users. They block cookies. Cookies are small files websites leave in your device to identify it.
Brave also offers fingerprint protection which prevents websites from gaining information on you based on data and apps you have on your device. They have another option called scripts which disables all java scripts.
Primarily what Brave does to ensure your privacy is having an inbuilt blocker for ads and trackers. You do not need an extension for these. This way websites can not have access to information about you.
For people who are hyper-focused on privacy, there is a privacy (or incognito) tab that offers even more privacy. There are two options in this privacy mode.
You can either use DickDuckGo which is a search engine that is hyper-focused on privacy or you can use TOR integration where your network data is bounced around IP addresses around the world to mask your identity and location.
Brave also uses HTTPS everywhere to force websites to offer more secure, encrypted connections.
While Vivaldi does much to protect your privacy, Brave takes it to another level with their aggressive measures. As already discussed Brave gives you statistics on how many trackers have been blocked and how many HTTPS connections they have forced.
Brave vs Vivaldi: A Pro vs Con Analysis
With the comparison between these two browsers out of the way, it is important we discuss their individual strengths and weaknesses.
1. Emphasis on Privacy and Security. With features like HTTPS everywhere, fingerprint protection, ad and tracker blocking, Brave is one of the most private and secure browsers you can use.
You can enjoy many features that make your browsing experience private without the need of installing extensions. The privacy tabs and the different options for maintaining privacy makes this one of the major strengths of the browser
2. Adblocker. Most other browsers need extensions to block ads but Brave comes with an inbuilt ad blocker. Cookies and tracking are also blocked.
This feature prevents sites from getting personal information about the users. Brave does not also store personal information of their users
3. Brave Attention Token. The reward system offered by Brave is an excellent innovation. It puts control over ads firmly in the hands of its users. Users are in control of who earns from the ads they view.
This feature shifts the attention of websites and publishers from displaying more ads to improving their content.
4. Speed. Brave is one of the fastest browsers around. Cumulatively over a long period of time using brave saves you a lot of time.
1.No reader view. This can be accessed however with the use of an extension.
2. Uses Qwant as a default search engine. For most people, Qwant is not their first choice for a search engine. This default search engine can be changed, however.
3. It has the same security holes in Chrome. Because it is a Chromium-based browser it has similar security risks as Chrome.
However, it doesn’t have the same resources as Chrome for security. For instance, Chrome routinely invites hackers to test for vulnerabilities in their browser.
1. Access to most Chrome extensions. Being a Chromium-based browser, Vivaldi enjoys most of the extensions that Chrome users have access to.
2. Quick commands. Vivaldi has a feature called quick commands (accessed via Ctrl+Q) that allows you to quickly get to settings, history, bookmarks amongst other things.
3. Customizable keyboard shortcuts. Vivaldi allows you to change and add keyboard shortcuts for basically all commands. With a single click of a key on your keyboard, you can execute an action.
4. Customizable interface. You have the freedom to choose where your tabs, address bar or bookmarks will appear.
5. Web panels. Vivaldi allows easy access to any site from the side panel. Panels can be hidden when not in use. The existence of web panels has applications in viewing two websites at the same time and in chatting.
6. Notes. Vivaldi allows you to save notes and screenshots from web pages for reference. The notes have tags and can be organized in folders for ease of access.
7. Tab behavior can be customized. You can choose to arrange tabs in any order you want. They can be arranged in the order they were opened or based on how recently you used them.
8. Reader mode. There is a built-in reader mode. Text font, color, and type can be modified too.
1.Not available on all platforms. The Android version was released in September 2019, and it is not available on I phones.
2. Same security holes as Chrome.
3. Freezes often
4. No inbuilt adblocker.
Brave and Vivaldi are excellent browsers. Their developers have incorporated a great deal of innovation in creating them. They are both guaranteed to give their users a wonderful experience.
The major difference between them is in their approach to privacy and customization. People who prize having the freedom to personalize the look and use of their browser, Vivaldi is an obvious choice, while people who hold privacy as their major consideration, Brave would be their preference.