A few months ago I ditched Google Chrome
I started using Brave Browser
It’s been several months now, maybe more, since I decided to ditch Chrome browser and switched to Brave.
I have really liked Brave and thought I’d never move away. But, yesterday something happened that made me reconsider.
Perhaps Brave was not a wise move. Maybe I’m missing something and a reader will tell me something I don’t know.
Yesterday afternoon, my wife was taking a nap, so I decided to catch up on a little work. I was not doing anything really demanding on my computer, just using the web to make some updates on my eBay account. Then it happened.
Boom! I got the blue screen of death! BSOD does not happen often anymore. Not like it used to years ago. But, hey, Windows is Windows and it is far from perfect.
I rebooted my computer. Everything seemed fine, but after I logged in to my windows account all I got was a black screen. I rebooted again several times, same results. I had my son come and see if he could figure out what was going on. I used to be a real computer geek, but I’m way behind the times now. My son, Jared (and also my son in Atlanta, Aaron) are really up to date on computer stuff.
Jared was getting the same results as I – black screen after login. But, he rebooted one more time, and it worked! Booted up fine, and continued doing so.
While things weren’t looking good
During the time when things were not going well, I started thinking about what kinds of problems I might be facing if I had to wipe my SSD and start clean. Things were not looking good.
I recently updated my PC to a 1 TB SSD, and I have all of my data, apps, and OS all on the SSD. I do have my data backed up both to a local hard drive and also to the cloud. So, my data was safe. It would be easy to recover that.
But, then I got thinking about Brave Browser and realized some shortcomings.
The difference between Brave and Chrome
Chrome and Brave are both built on the Chromium platform, and they are almost identical. I changed from Chrome because I was tired of Chrome spying on me and sending it all to Google. Also, Chrome was getting slow.
When I tried Brave I was shocked at the speed. It was very noticeably faster than Chrome. Everything seemed better on Brave. After a week or so, I uninstalled Chrome, and have never looked back.
One thing about Chrome is that it backs up all of your settings, bookmarks, and passwords to the cloud. Brave does not do that. So, if I lost all of my data on Chrome, I could just reinstall and log into my Google account… everything would be just like nothing ever happened. I’d have my browser settings. I’d have my bookmarks, And, most importantly, I’d have all of my passwords.
I also use a password manager, but if I lost my data that would be gone too.
I make my living on the Internet, so I was pretty worried during the time that it seemed my system had died. I thought I had a good backup system in place, but when things went bad I realized that I was not bulletproof.
Brave was my weak spot.
So, what am I going to do?
Thinking it over, I came up with 4 different solutions:
Reinforce Brave with backup of my app files
Yes, I could set up a backup system of my files that are part of my Brave installation. This should fix the problem, but what if I am forgetting something else? I missed all of this when I made the change, maybe I was overlooking something else.
Go back to Chrome
I really preferred to stay away from Google Chrome. But, if it means security in terms of preserving my data and settings, I would be willing to “make a deal with the Google devil.”
Hopefully, I won’t have to go this way, though.
Switch to Linux
I have used Linux operating systems and I liked it. It has been years, though. At least at that time, though, there were always some Windows-only apps that I needed for my business to work the way it does. Can I switch to Linux now and have everything working the way I want it to? Frankly, I’m not sure.
Maybe I should give it a try, though.
The Nuclear option
I could go to the dark side. Yep… Macintosh. I have always said that I would NEVER go to Apple, but I rarely hear of MacOS having problems like the BSOD. Windows is bad that way, though.
So, what do you guys think? Are there any Brave Browser experts out there who can guide me?