@Gupse, your worries are perfectly understandable and I’d hardly describe them as ignorance.
That said – there’s nothing for you to worry about. Yes, we have moved from Muon --> Chromium engine for a variety of reasons. Taken fromthis article where we expand on why Muon is being depreciated:
Security - The most important and heavily weighted factor in disallowing the use of Muon concerns security while browsing. We began depreciating and halting support for Muon last year as we rolled out Brave Core.
Given that we have not been pushing security or Chromium updates to the browser, the various filter lists for safe browsing, ad blocking, and general security patches are out of date, making you vulnerable while you browse. Important security issues like these will not be fixed in Muon and we believe it is unsafe to continue using it.
Resources - Keeping this code base up to date (both feature-wise and security-wise) is extremely time and resource intensive. The switch to the Chromium front end has allowed us toimplement these updates in our new version in a fraction of the time it took on Muon. Given the complexity of these updates and the limited developer resources, maintaining two completely different (and large) code bases is not feasible.
So that’s some of the “why” but it seems as though you’re concerned with the “what”.
Fear not! Brave is still Brave – we strip out all sorts of chromium code that signals, sends or requests data from any Google or 3rd party. Your data is still safe, not collected nor used for any purpose other than the ones you explicitly allow, We still offer private browsing and private browsing w/tor options and several other security focused features that Brave has bee known for.
While those are just words, please thumb through the following resources to quell any lingering worries you have about the transition:
Brave, Chromium, Google, and your data
Deviations from Chromium
In addtion, we have several design/UI changes still being rolled out – most recently (available now in Nightly builds) the new
Settings menu design has been pushed and it looks fantastic!:
Please let me know if I can address any more questions or concerns.