Brave Browser vs. Firefox - Getting Through Paywalls (And Spreading Knowledge)

By LeftAntiPC | Left AntiSJW | 14 Aug 2019

The world is a crazy place these days, and I feel that any informed citizen should try to keep up with the news. In a Democracy we all need to know what is going on, especially when it turns out that some of our leaders have some unsavory friends. This recently came to light with the conviction, and subsequent death, of Jeffery Epstein. So what does this have to do with Firefox, or the browser called "Brave"?

Well, you see, although I try to keep myself informed, I am a simple working-class person. I don't have money to buy subscriptions to the numerous newspapers I want to read. When I began to want to learn more about Epstein, a convicted pedophile with links to former United States Presidents, media figures, movie stars, politicians, political families, business owners, and many of the richest and most powerful people in the world, I ran into a problem - paywalls.

I normally use Firefox, although these paywalls and registration requirements are an issue in any major browser. I even use AdBlock+, but the paywalls still come up. I think this is atrocious when we need the people to be able to access important news stories in order for us to have an informed and successful society. It really rubs me the wrong way that major papers like the Washington Post or the New York Times would deny the citizenry important knowledge because we don't have the money to pay them each month. Fortunately, I have found that Brave Browser actually has the technology to get around paywalls and registration requirements. Even better, there really isn't a trick to it - it just works as soon as you download the browser! Here are a couple comparison screenshots.

First, in Firefox (with Adblock enabled):


It doesn't seem like I'm going to learn a lot from that article! But what about in Brave?:


As you can see in the upper-right hand corner, I am still not logged in, and yet there is no wall anymore! And if I scroll down I can indeed read the story without any problems.


This isn't to say that Brave will get readers through every pay wall there is - there have been some cases where I have found the pay walls still work. Still, anything that can help the public access important information for free is worth pursuing. One of the main draws of Brave is monetary - you have the option to view ads in the browser and get paid in BAT in return. However, I don't hear enough people talking about how being able to get around registration and pay walls. That is also a significant monetary value that you can get out of a free browser. 


As someone who supports freedom of speech, freedom of expression, privacy, and the free flow of information, I find Brave to be a great browser.

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