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Brave vs Firefox: Which Browser Is Better on Windows 10

by Parth Shah
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Cornered by Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, both the Brave and Firefox browsers are focusing on privacy and security as a prime selling point. In many ways, Firefox and Brave seem identical on paper but dig deeper and you will find all the glaring differences between the two. Let’s compare Firefox to Brave and learn which browser is better for you on Windows 10. 

Firefox vs Brave

The comparison below is based on cross-platform availability, UI, news integration, features, privacy add-ons, and more. Let’s get started. 

Cross-Platform Availability

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

User Interface

Firefox recently received a huge makeover on Android and iPhone. Even on the desktop, the company has made significant UI changes to keep up with modern trends. 

The default theme looks good and the whole iconography is also spot-on. One can always go to the theme store and change the whole look and feel of the browser. You can also create your own theme using the built-in theming engine. 

firefox ui

If you are coming from Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, you will find yourself right at home with Brave on Windows 10. The browser uses the familiar grey/white theme and you can change it to the dark mode from the Settings. 

brave ui

Since the Brave browser is built on a Chromium engine, you get to enjoy all the Themes available from the Chrome Web Store. 

News Integration

Almost every browser out there is offering news integration in one way or the other. It’s the overall implementation that makes or breaks the experience for the users. 

Brave offers something called Brave News. It stacks up news stories from different sources in vertical cards. We like the look and customization options on offer. 

brave news

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

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 need to be an active Pocket user to take advantage of Firefox news. Based on your saved articles in the Pocket service, you will get recommended suggestions right on the Firefox home screen. 

firefox news

We like Firefox’s approach here. It gives relevant suggestions as Pocket already knows your reading habits. The only downside is, you need to be an active Pocker user. Otherwise, it won’t seem that useful to you. 

Features and Password Management

We won’t be talking about page loading speed here as they are almost identical on 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 a good amount of company-branded features. 

Firefox Lockwise is the company’s answer to third-party password managers out there. It’s built-in with the browser and Firefox also offers dedicated mobile apps for iOS and Android. 

Firefox Monitor is another interesting add-on that monitors your passwords and login info and warns you if you have been a part of any recent data breach. 

firefox monitor

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

protection dashboard

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

brave rewards

Those invested in cryptocurrency will find the Brave Crypto Wallet a useful addition. Crypto Wallets lets you work with cryptocurrency and related assets in Brave. Crypto Wallets supports Ethereum tokens like ETH and BAT, as well as collectibles, and lets you work with Ðapps and other smart contracts.

brave crypto wallet

Brave recently announced its take on Google search with Brave Search. The main aim 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 the Brave Settings. 

brave search engine

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

Extension Support 

It’s a tie here. Firefox being the oldest in the competition has a huge number of extension/add-ons support from developers. You won’t have a hard time finding the relevant extension from the store. 

firefox add-ons

Brave is based on the Chromium open-source project. Meaning, it’s compatible with all the Chrome Web Store extensions out there. All your favorite Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge extensions are already available on the Brave browser. 

Wrapping up: Firefox vs Brave

Are you still confused between Firefox and Brave on Windows 10? Let us simplify the answer for you. Go with Firefox if you want better news integration and password manager. Pin down your choice on the Brave browser if you desire better privacy features, a unique rewards program, and crypto wallet integration.

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