I’ve been on a vision quest lately as to what browser to use… I’ve been on Safari for a long time, privacy is paramount for me, but I found myself yearning more and more for the power and diversity of the Chrome extension ecosystem – and with iOS 14 allowing to change the default browser, I have been doing some back and forth, trying to find the right fit.
I have landed on Brave. The dealbreakers of the other ones were for me:
- Firefox – blazing fast on Mac, but no adblocking on iOS, and some sites were not working right.
- Safari – sad extension ecosystem with a few critical ones missing for me (SingleFile), and slow as hell on my 2015 iMac since version 14. (I’m tired to open Firefox or Brave every time I need this)
Brave had one major dealbreaker that everybody complains about (there’s an ongoing issue on GitHub), inherited from Chromium: if you have too many tabs open, they pile up on one another until you can’t see them. This can be solved by activating the “scrollable tab bar” flag in
Maybe that’s an old trick, but it works perfectly (although pinned tabs end up pinned at the end of the scroll bar, making them less useful, but I can live with it).
Second dealbreaker I found how to deal with: by default, Chrome / Brave does not allow you to bypass expired security certificates like Safari does (and that’s an issue for me because my NAS throws that error when I try to log in). How to bypass: click anywhere in the error page so as to make sure it’s activated, type
thisisunsafe (talk about a cheat code!), reload the page, and you’re in.
I’ve been looking long and hard for those answers, so hopefully they can be useful to someone here
I’ll be missing Apple Pay in the browser and some autofill niceties, but at least Brave runs faster on my machine… Safari faster browser on Earth? Sorry, I don’t think so…