Shields down by default even though set to be up

I just restarted Brave browser within the last 24 hours to complete the update to: Version 1.41.100 Chromium: 103.0.5060.134 (Official Build) (64-bit).
Since then, even though all settings are set properly to have shields up by default, any time I open a new window/tab, shields are down by default. I have to turn on shields every time I open a tab.
I am quite sure that before I restarted Brave to complete the update, shields were up by default for every new tab.

UPDATE: I have noticed that if I open a new tab and run a Brave search, the search results show up on a “shields up” page. However, as soon as I click on a result to move away from the results page, shields go down.

UPDATE 2: I just ran updates on my system so am now running Version 1.42.88 Chromium: 104.0.5112.81 (Official Build). No change from above.