I’ve been meaning to write about this, but I’m still formulating the full 2022 plan. Essentially, I’m in search of alternatives for some of the major things I do on the web. I want to better safeguard my privacy, support good companies and contribute more to the open web.
Up first was browsing. I have already been using Brave as my main browser, but I’ve now uninstalled Chrome and am trying out the customizations found within Vivaldi.
I like the idea of auditing software regularly and I look forward to reading about what he considers next.
On a related note, I’m going to give Brave a try on the Mac. I spent some time with Firefox as my primary browser on all platforms last year, but switched back to Safari shortly after upgrading to iOS 15 — mostly for the extensions. And since there’s been a bit of a shakeup in my work situation, I’m not as reliant on the browser extension that initially prevented me from using Brave.
I’m not thrilled that it’s based on Chromium — I really want there to be a healthy collection of browser engines. But Brave is making a lot of good decisions that set them apart from the pack. Like building their own search engine, adding native support for torrent downloads, and trying something unique with their crypto features.