**Expected result:**I’d like to go into any site and have the protection offered by Shields.
That isnt a compatible mindset. You can have all the functionality in the world and travel around the internet care free, but it will be at the expense of privacy and security. If privacy and security is a concern of yours, then sacrifices in functionality will have to be made.
Without having Shields active, seems like Brave is just like so many other browsers.
Not in my opinion, because Brave allows users to adjust their shield settings on each site, on an individual basis. This is a far better approach because if you are unfortunate enough to use certain websites that are particularly invasive privacy wise, that rely on an invasion of privacy to function, that you simply have to use. You can simply adjust your shield settings accordingly on that website and it should function like any other browser. But crucially, this weakening of privacy and security is not global, you will still benefit from the strengths of Brave while visiting other websites. Brave is not in the business of giving users a browser that is set up with global settings reminiscent of Chrome which violate user privacy. However they do give functionality for users to adjust settings to fit their needs.
For example; on text based websites (news websites) I can disable scripts and it will resolve a lot of privacy issues whilst retaining functionality i.e the text so I can read it. The flip side is, some websites will not function with scripts disabled, so I adjust my shields to find a balance between privacy, security and functionality.
Global settings can be found here brave://settings/shields
Advance settings can be found here brave://settings/privacy