I have used FF for many years. I have recently been advised that I should switch to Brave, so I have. It’s superb (The ethos of the company is as much a reason to use it as anything else). But I am a bit confused about a privacy issue which I can’t find information about, even after 2 hours of reading Brave pages and FAQs etc.
I used to run about 10-20 plugins in FF, WebRTC blocker, FacebookContainer, AdGuard, Privacy Badger, UblockOrigin, Canvas blocker, decentraleyes and more.
I feel naked without them, but my friend said they add to my browser fingerprint so I should just accept the risks of not having them. I am torn on this idea, and would be grateful for some feedback from someone in the know at Brave. I am tempted to install some plugins/extensions, just a few that I really need, but I am concerned that will destroy the fingerprinting protections of Brave.
I can probably sum it up with one main question:
“When using Brave browser, if I install a few extensions, do websites know I have those installeed?”
The reason I ask is because I am happy to go without the old FF privacy plugins, but there are still a couple of extensions I really NEED. One example is BitWarden, I have thousands of logins and need quick access to them. I also like to install Clear Browser Data extension for one click to clear all my data. If I were to install those two extensions in Brave, would this nullify Brave’s fingerprinting defences? Or does Brave somehow prevent websites seeing what extensions I have installed? If so, that would be amazing! If not, I may need to try to manage without them (running as extensions). That won’t be pretty, but I will do it if necessary as I want my privacy and willing to work to get it, but I need to know either way. Nothing I have read in Brave announcements and fingerprinting protection pages have explained this, so I am really hoping someone here can.