First and foremost: Sorry for posting this just minutes after the first. I was unable to edit the first one without disabling Brave’s Shields (a problem I address below) and consistently got error messages. Please ignore the original post and continue reading this one! Thank you.
I’ve been using Brave for just about a week and have been loving it with the exception of a couple minor potential improvements. One of those minor potential improvements is getting bigger and bigger now, because the ad-blocking software on Brave seems to be slowly degrading, or Google is getting better at getting past it.
For example, when I started using Brave, I don’t remember noticing any advertisements. In a few days, however, I got advertisements in the inbox of my email. Let me clarify what I mean by that – I’m not talking about spam or junk email from companies. In the gmail service, there is space for two promotional messages in the inbox that appear when an ad-blocking service isn’t working. They’re advertisements that perpetually remain unread because new ones will always take their place; for a very organized person, it’s a nightmare.
I know I should be using alternatives like ProtonMail and DuckDuckGo over Google services, and I do, but my institution forces me to use Google, while DuckDuckGo’s indexes are just plainly inferior to other search engines, even with their !bangs – which kind of defeat the whole purpose of even using DuckDuckGo.
Thus, seeing so many ads out in the open while using Brave is confusing, I understand that 1st Party Ads remain unblocked, but I see no reason why these ads should too. To be honest, I don’t see why Brave doesn’t handle ad-blocking services over to a third-party extension like AdGuard (people mention AdBlock and uBlock but these services are very unreliable), just like how they’ve assigned password security responsibility to LastPass/Dashlane.
A one-stop shop is asking for problems. Delegating non-browser tasks doesn’t make your browser inferior, on the contrary, it could probably make it better.
I do know that you’re supposed to be able to remove these advertisements and trackers. I denied Google’s request to allow access to my location, and I’ve repetitively turned off ad personalization. They still appear.
And, to be honest, that’s what I get for using Google. But when I want to get a service to block those things I kind of expect them to be blocked…
My Operating System is macOS Sierra 10.12.6
My Brave Version:
- My Brave Shield settings:
Here, you see location access is set to "always disabled."
Here you see an advertisement for the U.S. Navy at the top, with an advertisement for a Carnival to the left.
Here you see a promotional advertisement on Twitter on the bottom left-hand corner, and a tweet by the TD Bank below a tweet by Brendan Eich (lol). A Sprint advertisement follows soon after on the Twitter feed, and more advertisements appear after scrolling further.
You get the point.
It’s probably somewhat hypocritical to care this much about privacy & personalization and share my city’s location, but I think you get the point of it.
On another note, the Brave shield also causes some things not to load – and blocking Scripts is not turned on. For example, Medium.com – fairly popular amateur journalism site; I was linked there to read an article about installing non-Brave extension onto Brave. The images could not load unless I turned off a Brave extension. It was kind of ironic.
Another example, on Brave’s own forum. I posted the original topic describing all of this, and tried to edit the post repeatedly. I could not. So, I decided to try and disable the Shields. Here is how it was before, with the Shields up (you can even see the original post editing in the background):
And then, after I disabled the Shields (it worked):
These aren’t just exceptions, the Brave Shield seems to break a lot of things, news sites in particular. In fact, on news sites, Brave either blocks way too much or not at all.
I don’t mean to condescend or be rude in any way, I just hope you see that I’m kind of disappointed and want Brave to be better. Again, ad-block technology can be complicated to get perfect. I think it’d be useful to consider delegating it to AdBlock or another service that doesn’t take money from advertisers. If not that, then maybe optimize the Brave Shields such that you don’t have turn everything off to fix one problem. Be able to block elements, etc.
Thanks for reading.