The internet is not really a safe place to go out into.
Of course, if you are brave, you could try it.
As it turns out, just because you are brave doesn’t mean you won’t get hit.
Plenty of people have started to move away from the likes of Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge because of the fact that they collect too much data and do not offer much in the way of privacy.
And the number one option for such people after Mozilla Firefox is Brave.
Brave, a web browser, isn’t in the same league as Google Chrome when it comes to reliability and features but it makes up for it in other areas.
Before we discuss though, we would say that it is a decent web browser.
It doesn’t have any major flaws and is able to offer users good security features along with performance and speed.
However, for people who tend to slip on the side of being paranoid when they are on the internet, using a web browser like Brave may not suffice.
In other words, Brave is safe.
But apparently not safe enough.
Online threats evolve close to the same speed as web browsers do.
So there is no point in sitting pretty feeling safe in the knowledge that you are using a good web browser.
To protect yourself from any and all web threats you need to make use of a good VPN service.
A VPN service is no longer an optional piece of application.
If you are doing anything remotely serious on the internet then you need an antivirus plus a VPN service along with a good web browser.
Now, we are aware of the fact that a lot of people still do not know what kind of VPN they should use with a browser like Brave and why.
This is why we have written this guide.
So let’s get to it.
What is Brave and should you switch to Brave?
To experience the world of the web you need an internet connection.
Not only that, but you also need a good web browser.
That is something you should have no trouble in understanding.
Now, if you count yourself among users who only go to the online world so that they are able to search for pretty cat videos and photos on a daily basis then perhaps the web browser you choose would not matter much.
At least not to you.
But, if you are one of those users who are serious about their privacy and online security then you have to use a secure browser.
A secure browser is a browser that has specific features to protect your online privacy.
It is essential for people who want to stay relatively safe online and keep their online data secure from hackers and third-party companies.
This is where a browser like Brave comes in.
Brave is probably the latest in the long line of Chrome clones.
As indicated earlier as well, Brave is based on the Chromium open-source project.
This same open-source project also powers Google Chrome.
In simpler terms, Chrome and Brave have the same source code.
With that said, some truly believe that Brave offers the best of both worlds in the sense that it is not only fast but also secure.
People working on the Brave application are working hard to make sure that they prioritize user privacy and security.
On the other hand, it seems like Google could not care much about privacy.
Some believe that even though Google Chrome currently has the bulk of the market share under control it is not that reliable.
Chrome is not reliable in the sense that it collects a ton of data on each and every single Chrome user.
Geoffrey Fowler who works as a technical columnist for the publication The Washington Post recently stated that he immediately started to look for Google Chrome alternatives after he found out that Google collected so much data.
In other words, he abandoned Chrome.
In the case of Fowler, he found out that his Chrome browser had 11000 tracker cookies stored on his machine in a single week.
Sometime later he recommended that people who truly cared about privacy should make use of the Brave web browser as it was the only true alternative.
He recently stated that Brave is the only browser that goes above and beyond in trying to jam the current advertisement-technology industry.
This should also mean that users will get even more privacy and security features in the very near future.
There are a lot of features that we could dedicate pages to when talking about the Brave browser.
However, we will stick with the best ones for the purposes of this post.
First, Brave is considered to be faster than Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Brave did this test where it loaded the same website on Google Chrome, Brave and Mozilla Firefox and then noted down the time it took each browser to fully load the website.
Of course, such head to head comparisons are hard to justify since real-world performance is a different thing.
And since Brave itself carried out the test, we should take the final result with a grain of salt.
The official website of Brave mentions that web browsers like Brave fight malware on the internet and prevent entities from tracking online consumers.
Not only that, Brave says, the web browser also keeps the user’s information secure and safe since that is a top priority for the company.
But is it really true?
Let’s dig in a little bit more.
Currently, the list of features Brave mentions on the official website goes something like this,
- Global shield defaults which the user can configure
- A Do Not Track feature
- A password manager that comes as a built-in feature
- A shield which works on a per-site basis
- Ability to clear all browsing data quickly
- Script blocking abilities
- HTTPS upgrade feature
- Feature to control cookies
- Can prevent fingerprinting
- Comes with an ad-blocker
Why should you use a VPN service for Brave?
There are lots of reasons.
Currently, over 5 million people are making use of the Brave browser.
These people come from all parts of the world.
But they have the same misconception that web browsers such as Brave are able to protect their browsing sessions on their own.
They don’t know that web browsers can only do so much.
When they make use of the internet, their connection is not really private.
That has become the norm for at least the last half a decade or so.
We will talk more about why Brave is the solution to most privacy problems but not all of them.
Not by a long shot.
Before moving forward though, we would like to mention that on its own no web browser on earth can provide the user with full security for his/her privacy and data security.
That is a fact.
Now, when you have connected to the online world, you will definitely come across as a low hanging fruit to hackers who prey on people that don’t use antivirus products and/or VPN services.
Moreover, it is not only hackers that modern web users have to worry about.
Modern online consumers also have to worry about threats such as their internet service providers, cybercriminals, and governments.
Internet service providers usually monitor user activity so that they can sell user data to the highest bidder at a later date while governments have started to implement these web censorship programs to stop people from doing what they want to do.
Your only hope of having protection against hackers and circumventing privacy issues is to use a VPN service.
Here are some of the most important reasons why you should use a VPN with Brave.
VPN services help you maintain privacy
For many users, the concept of having privacy on the internet may be a foreign one.
Most of us older folks enjoyed every bit of online privacy while it lasted.
Brave browser showed more concern than others when it came to problems such as the user getting flooded with advertisements.
That is why it was perhaps one of the first web browsers that started to offer an ad-blocking feature out of the box.
After a couple of months had passed, Brave took another major step towards the ‘betterment’ of its users by introducing its very own advertisement program.
That happened in April of 2019.
This does seem rather suspicious since the official motto of the Brave browser is that the user is not the company’s product.
Because the new ad program definitely gives off the impression that the user is indeed the product.
Though we should add that the ads are not random.
They are vetted by a team at Brave.
With the help of these ads, Brave hopes it can raise enough revenue to support its projects.
With that out of the way, we should also mention that Brave users do get a certain percentage of the revenue that Brave generates for the ads that they view.
The new Brave browser has laid the foundation of its economy with BAT or Basic Attention token.
Currently, a single BAT point can net the user around 25 cents.
There is a certain section of the media that has called the new move from Brave hypocritical.
Because Brave browser has consistently marketed itself as a privacy browser.
Now, how is a privacy browser supposed to justify rolling out a fully-fledged advertising program?
Of course, if you have followed the technology industry for any amount of time you would know that there is hardly a technology company or technology product that remains true to its words.
Perhaps this is a good time to mention that pretty much all web browsers that are based on the open-source Chromium project have this vulnerability against WebRTC leaks.
But what does having WebRTC leaks mean?
It means that something bad happens to your internet connection and a hacker with enough skills is able to see your original IP address.
This is the reason why a lot of folks still believe that Brave cannot be much better than Google Chrome for the simple reason that both are based on the same source code.
Furthermore, Brave has disappointed some users because it had advertised itself as a secure web browser while in fact, it is only, at the maximum, as secure as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
Let’s take a look at something that could be considered as proof.
Recently a Twitter user sent a very interesting message out on the platform and also did not forget to tag the CEO of the Brave software, Brendan Eich.
Apparently, the Twitter user had found out that someone added some code to the Brave browser’s official Github repo which enabled the web browser to whitelist certain kinds of third-party domain names.
Again, not cool.
The user also showed Twitter and Facebook URLs which tracked online users.
If you think about it, the whole reason people initially jumped to Brave was to get away from Chrome and all its data collection activities along with advertising programs.
This is why even if you are using a browser like Brave, you need to make use of a VPN service.
Using a VPN service is going to be the easiest thing you will ever do if you have never used it before.
All you need to do is to connect to a VPN server of your choice and that, in most cases, is enough to actually hide your machine’s IP address.
This helps you get completely anonymous on the internet.
Once you have learned how to use a VPN service, no one (including your internet service provider) would have the opportunity to figure out whatever it is that you are doing on the internet.
Moreover, no one would know anything about your location either while you have connected to the internet via a VPN service.
Of course, you will need to make sure that you have a connection enabled and working at all times.
Access websites that have geo-restrictions on them
Pretty much like any other web browser on the market, the Brave web browser is pretty competent when it comes to allowing users to stream all the best channels from all corners of the globe.
With that said, you may not be able to access that content because of your location.
Streaming services usually apply geo-restrictions on their content so that people from far off places are unable to stream their content.
Certain channels like to operate in only certain regions and for certain people.
In order to make sure that they are able to apply geo-restrictions properly, they usually note down the IP address of the visitor to their website.
Then they determine the location of the user.
And then they block you.
Even a secure web browser like Brave doesn’t have anything to provide such users and help them.
With that said, Brave may not be able to help you but a VPN service certainly can.
All you need to do is connect to a VPN server that is located in a country that works with the service that you want to unlock.
And that is pretty much it.
You do not need to do anything else.
You will have access to anything and everything that the internet has to offer and your physical location will become more or less irrelevant.
With a VPN service in hand and working, you can unblock websites like,
- Sky Go NZ
- Channel 5
- BBC iPlayer
You can pretty much unlock any and all streaming services.
On the other hand, you also have to understand that Brave isn’t exactly immune to censorship measures that different countries want their citizens to accept.
Brave is good, but it is not that good that it is able to help you with problems such as government censorship.
If you are living or visiting a country like China then forget about using a website like Facebook.
This is just an example, there are many other websites that you cannot access in China.
We do not want to go into the details of why the government in China restricts internet access.
It is their country, so they must have good reasons for implementing censorship measures.
And yes, when you are in China, not only can you NOT visit sites like Google and/or Facebook but you also do not have the option of downloading such apps.
So what people like you need to do in such a case is to purchase a VPN package before you go to China and then once there, connect to a VPN server which is located outside the country.
Select a country where you are sure the app is available to download and use.
This way, you should have no trouble in downloading the app and then using it without all the limitations that may be imposed on you by the Great Firewall of China.
Use a VPN to have a secure internet connection
Hackers have evolved as much as security products have.
What does that mean for you?
That means that even if you have access to the safest web browser in the world you cannot ignore the fact that hackers, given enough time and resources, can and often do steal a given user’s private information.
Depending on how much the victim has protected himself/herself, hackers do not even need to make use of a particularly strong hacking tool to get your information.
That holds especially true for people who have a habit of connecting to a public WiFi network for easy internet access.
Try to understand this and then internalize that if you do not take proper precautions while you are in the online world, you are actually opening yourself up to easy cyberattacks.
Let’s talk a little bit about what hackers can do to your data if you are not careful.
- Steal your credit card information (which is always bad).
- Take away your username and passwords to important accounts
- Home address
- Any type of work data that you may have.
We’re not saying that such bad stuff will happen to you specifically.
What we are saying is that you want to give yourself the best chance of protection possible.
So just use a VPN service whether or not you are using Brave browser.
VPN services are very good at encrypting your data.
If you sign up for the right VPN, you can have access to a strong military-grade encryption technology which will secure your data no matter what the situation is.
Good VPN service providers make sure that all the data the user receives and sends passes through an encrypted and private VPN tunnel.
This essentially makes it impossible for any earthly entity to harvest your private information.
So what are you waiting for?
All you really need to do here is to sign up for a good VPN and then connect to your nearest public network without any fear by first connecting to a VPN service.
Then you can just relax and never think about something bad happening to your data ever again.
How to select the best VPN for Brave
Well, now you know that to have a secure online browsing experience you need to use a secure browser (which Brave indeed is) and (more importantly) you need to make use of a VPN service.
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