Brave Web Browser Review: Could It Be the One?

It’s fairly new – and it’s got a lot of potential.

Getting the most out of your browsing experience and choosing the right browser can honestly make a huge difference when you’re browsing and downloading files across your devices. The right browser can shield you from harm and harassment that could do no good to you or your devices. If you care about security and your privacy (which you should) – you should choose Brave.

What makes a browser a good web browser?

A good browser should make you feel comfortable and safe when browsing. I mean that’s where you store literally everything about you. You need to keep your data secure from all sources. This is where you could decide to make the switch to Brave.

What is Brave Browser?

Brave is a user friendly, ad-free, malware protection + browser that takes control and blocks out all the crazy ads, trackers and more, leaving you with a new experience.

Free and open-source for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

Why is Brave different from other browsers?

It’s all about the user. Brave seriously takes into consideration that we are not a product – we are users. And that’s what I really like.

Do you really know what it feels like to browse with no ads? Let me tell you, it’s great. I’ve tested it and it’s true. Ad-free browsing comes with so much more than just blocking ads. And when you have some proof it makes the technology world a better place. Ad-free means you should instantly notice a big difference with performance when you’re browsing on your devices. Brave will improve your user experience and perform fast and super smooth when browsing thanks to the lack of ads running in the background.  

The minute you start using Brave you will not see any ads and I guarantee this will help your devices’ performance when compared to other browsers. This is a great thing here. In fact, how do you like the sounds of not being disturbed by a rotten ol’ ad when you are trying to browse?

It looks great and it’s VERY well organized… Brave’s front-page layout is amazing. You will see how many ads and trackers have been blocked, HTTPS to show you secure connections and how much time you saved which is pretty cool. There is a clock on the top right-hand side, which I find stands out nicely to the eye. I really like that since I switch a lot from tabs; I find it helps me track my time better because I can see it in a bigger font. When it’s time to fiddle around in your settings Brave gives you straightforward options that help you know what’s going on in your browser.

Brave rewards. What is it? Once you’ve decided to go through with Brave rewards it’ll show you ads that you can view. You will receive a digital token called BAT. The goal isn’t to help Brave users earn money, although you could earn around $60 but it’s been said that it will be unclear when your money will arrive. It’s meant to forward funds to the websites of your choice. The idea is to spend your digital coins by rewarding your favorite YouTubers, content and websites. I haven’t tried this yet, but if you are a content creator this seems like the way to go for sure.

Is Brave safe? From my experience and research, it’s a fantastic browser and seems to meet security and privacy measures that other browsers do not. As always, you should do your own research and learn as much as you can about any product before using it.

My thoughts: So far, I’m absolutely loving Brave browser on all my devices. It’s been a different experience with the ads for sure. I would choose Brave if you are always browsing or making content. With the experience Brave has given me, I can’t imagine switching back to any other browser. I really love what the Brave team has done. I hope they keep up their outstanding service and keep us users happy.

Well, Brave will give you just that.

A World Full of Digital Ads and Annoying Pop-ups Also Can Be Known as Malware

Ads think they are quite sharp; the sad thing is, they are. It’s not that I don’t like advertising – it’s that the advertising isn’t relevant to me. The random pop-ups that appear out of nowhere annoy me the most, and that seems to happen quite often. Pop-ups are flooding our screens and ruining our browser experiences. Nowadays most devices we use are FILLED with ads and pop-ups. Almost every page or app out there has some kind of advertising attached to it. While some ads can be tolerated, there are quite a few out there that are annoying and often may be completely irrelevant to you. It’s very frustrating when you are trying to do something and they pop up, get stuck, slow the computer down, blast your ears with random audio and just plain harass you when you are just trying to browse. You have to do whatever it takes to get rid of them before you can return to what you were doing.  As you can see, they do a great job of distracting you from what you were trying to do in the first place. We’ve all been there.

Let’s take ads on a blog or website for example. Chances are if it’s an irrelevant ad, it’s going to be a distraction, or the visitor may not return back to the link.  When I looked at my website, I couldn’t believe that I saw some weird wormy ad. I wasn’t given the option to choose… why the hell is that there? No one wants to see some weird wormy like thing on the side of my page. Out of all the options in the world why do I have to have that as a choice? Seriously, these things interrupt train of thought and it’s distracting and disturbing.

Ads have evolved, that’s for sure. I don’t recall ever using the public washroom and all of a sudden there’s some blasting audio coming out of nowhere, just to find out it’s coming from your own pocket. What the…?! I just closed ALL my apps. Why is there strange audio coming from who knows where out of my phone. And why? It’s completely stupid.

What are ads? Not all are bad, but a lot of them can be dangerous. They get pushed into your devices when you browse or download certain apps and programs. If you click on a pop-up ad it could be attaching malware to your devices – without you even knowing it. You really need to be careful what you are clicking on, but sometimes accidental clicking happens.

Most ads are devious, manipulative and try to stalk you by following and invading our privacy while being sneaky about it. Do you find it a bit ridiculous? I do. It’s weird, creepy and strange.

Is there anything we can do about it that’s straightforward and not complicated? Not really. You won’t be able to completely stop getting ads online. However, you can try to prevent unwanted ads by checking over your settings, exercising caution when you browse, and being extra careful when clicking and downloading.

There should be better choices for us when it comes to ads being targeted at us. We can’t do much, but we can try our best when we are given options to choose from.

Here are some tips:

1) If you are using Gmail – open your browser and log into your Gmail account. Click on your name bubble on the top right-hand side. A drop-down menu should appear. Click on “Manage your Google Account”. A new browser window will open. Here you will see that you have lots of options to have better control over your account.

On the left-hand side there are 6 options: Home, Personal Info, Data & Personalization, Security, People & Sharing, and Payments & Subscriptions.

I would go through all of them just to make sure everything is set how you want it and just to confirm that everything is correct. You have the choice(s) to help make your Google account and your experience more useful to you that might help your browsing experiences and security. You might be surprised what you find in there.

2) Turning off pop-ups. For Chrome: On your Chrome browser, click the 3 vertical dots on the top right-hand side. Click Settings, then go down to Advanced – Privacy and Security – click Site Settings. Click Pop-ups and Redirects. Now disable it. You do not need to be signed in to do this.

For Safari: Open your browser. On the top left-hand side click Safari and then click Preferences. Choose Websites and click on Pop-up Windows.

Keep in mind some websites will require you to have pop-ups enabled in order to use their websites or services.

3) Clearing your cache and history – this applies to all web browsers – and might be really annoying to do every time you start and finish browsing. But you should always clear your history and clear the cache.

4) Browse in incognito mode – when browsing in incognito mode, your browser won’t store any data. This is good for keeping your privacy safe. And especially use incognito mode if you are doing banking on the net. It’s important to protect your financial well-being.

Windows/Android users – will an antivirus protect your browsers and devices from bad pop-ups and malware? Yes, there is antivirus software out there that will promise to protect you from malware but for some devices and browsers, it might not always work. You might have to adjust your settings for some browsers and programs. In the long run, it might give you more headaches. I would stick with the built-in Windows Defender for PC and use your common sense when using Android. Don’t be silly and click or install things that don’t make sense or have bad reviews. Don’t take the risk. If the website or app looks strange, chances are it probably is. Compare websites and apps that look professional vs not so professional. If it doesn’t look that great, it probably isn’t. Don’t just click, know what you are clicking. There are WAY TOO MANY tricks on the internet for you to just be clicking – think it through.

Apple users – Yes, it is possible to get malware on your devices. However, the chances are very low. When choosing Apple there is less of a chance for your devices to get infected with malware. Apple has great safety precautions and amazing software to keep you safer on all their devices.

In the meantime, Google says by August 5, 2020, they will block invasive video ads and do a better job of online advertising.

It’s important that we take care of our devices. Are they cheap? No. Expensive – absolutely. Since you can’t stop ads completely, do your best to try and make them less annoying today! Here’s to hoping Google will keep their word and get these ads a little more under control!

Risks of Using Your Laptop on Your Lap

Even though it’s called a laptop, should we really be using it on our laps? If you own a laptop, you’ve probably used it on your lap at some point; you might even be even using it on your lap right now as you’re reading this. It seems fine to do so because its name implies that your lap is the perfect place for your computer to sit. We depend on this equipment that we use every day and your lap seems like an ideal spot to keep your laptop for convenience… 

But is it worth it?  

What really happens when we use our laptops on our laps?

After reading this article you can decide. 

Researchers have studied this topic and it’s quite possible that using your laptop on your lap can cause some problems to your health, making this topic worth paying attention to. 

Here are the possible issues: 

  1. Using a wirelessly connected laptop on your lap can be harmful to the reproductive organs. For men, when your laptop is connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, using a laptop on your lap reduces human sperm motility while also fragmenting sperm DNA. Donors who were exposed to a Wi-Fi wireless connection demonstrated a decrease in sperm mobility while also developing an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation. In addition to decreasing male fertility, laptop use can make it difficult for women to conceive by delaying egg production. For women who are already pregnant, using a laptop on your baby bump can affect the development of the fetus. Some researchers do mention further studies will be required to prove it, which is perfectly fine, but this is enough evidence for me. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a start to something that may come out negatively in the future – there is some truth to the idea. If there’s a chance it’s going to harm my reproductive organs, there is NO WAY I’m taking a chance and you shouldn’t either.
  2. Skin issues: long periods of your laptop sitting on your lap could burn your skin and leave discolouration. This is known as toasted skin syndrome, which is caused by the heat your laptop gives off. The bottom of your laptop can get very hot (especially if you have overheating issues) because it just simply doesn’t breath very well. Laptops are meant to breath underneath a levelled surface and your skin isn’t the place for that. When I used to use my laptop on my lap/legs, I would sometimes notice a red marking once I was finished with it and lifted it up. I didn’t even realize that it was happening at the time. That just isn’t normal in any way. Studies have proved it. A hot laptop on your legs could lead to damage to the skin which could eventually develop into skin cancers. Some laptop users experience overheating issues and their laptop may get very hot; if you are one of these people that experience overheating issues, you definitely don’t want to be putting your laptop on your lap because it puts you at a higher risk for problems to your skin health.  
  3. Different forms of pain: Ever experienced upper body pain while using your laptop for a period of time? It’s not possible to maintain proper posture when you use your laptop on your lap. After long periods of usage, you may suffer from back and neck pains, and you might not even know why you’re having them. Bad posture can trigger this. 

So now that I’ve broke it down a little bit, let’s think about this for a minute instead of jumping to a conclusion that it’s not really possible. Some say it isn’t a risk, but why take a chance? Your laptop is placed on your lap, it’s filled with radiation, and there are signals from everything that we use, such as microwaves, cellphones and other electronics. Suddenly, using your laptop on your lap doesn’t seem like such a great idea!

Why is it called a laptop if it’s harmful to us? We automatically think it’s okay to use it on our laps just because of the name. I think laptops should be called portable computers, but that’s just my opinion. 

In the meantime, I’ve put together a short list of ways you can protect yourself from laptop usage.

  • To protect your below areas, look into getting a lap desk. It keeps your laptop safe from falling and yourself safe from these problems. It fits easily into your bags and you can take it with you everywhere your laptop goes. This will help to protect you completely! You can also use your tablets on it, as well as a desk for things like art, or writing, making it a 3 in 1. This option is a good one if you don’t have a desk or if you want to sit comfortably on the couch. Why not get one of these?
  • Protection shield pad: This pad specifically does what it was designed to do! Full protection from radiation and heat and you can sit comfortably on the couch while doing your work. 
  • Unplug your laptop: Using your laptop in battery mode is safer and reduces exposure quite a bit as there won’t be as much electricity. 
  • Use your laptop on a table or desk:  this also corrects poor posture. 
  • Stop using Wi-fi: If possible, refrain from using Wi-Fi because it is the issue here. An ethernet cable will be a better option. Most laptops today don’t come with ethernet ports, but you can buy an USB Network Adapter that will plug into your USB port. If you use your laptop for long periods of time, investing in a desktop could benefit you as desktops have ethernet combability. Use your laptop only when necessary.
  • Watch the time: use your laptop wisely. Plan out what you need to use it for and take breaks in between usage. 

We can’t avoid radiation – it’s in everything we use! If this article scared you a bit, I’m sorry. I really want to raise awareness about this topic so we can remain as healthy as possible and we can do as much as we can to stay safe while we do what we gotta do!

Fido Internet Review August 3, 2019 – For Canadians – Ontario

I previously had Rogers internet and I wasn’t very satisfied… I left for a few reasons, but now I have Fido internet and you might be wondering if it provides a stable internet service.

The answer is YES! I give it 4.5/5. Here I will be giving you my honest feedback and I will continue to update this post so my readers don’t get left behind. So, if anything changes good or bad, I will be glad to let you know.

Everyone’s experience with an Internet provider will be different. My experience with Fido internet has been a good one! I have not experienced any connection issues like I did with Rogers and I am so happy that I switched. It has been working out very well for me.

When I had Rogers internet it wasn’t very reliable – it was slow, often the internet would just drop, the modem would reset and the amount of devices used at the same time on the network would make the internet connection very slow and wonky. 

I have been using Fido internet for 2 months and here’s my honest feedback so far:

Modem- All cables are included: power cord, coaxial cable and your ethernet cord. Therefore, no need to purchase any extra cords unless you are connecting more than one ethernet to the modem (there is room for 4 spots). There are no rental fees, and 0 % activation fee. So please be careful where you put it and take extra good care of it since it’s not yours! Oh, and shipping is free!

DIY Installation – The installation setup is very easy. If you are switching to Fido from another company, you will most likely have a coaxial line and you just connect that cable to the back of the modem. Plug in your power cord, ethernet cords and you are pretty much good to go. Once you have your modem turned on you will be able to continue the setup process on your smartphone, tablet or PC. Again, it is very easy to set up and so hassle-free your grandparents could do it with minimal complaining.


Wi-fi – Solid. Fido internet has not dropped on me once since I have gotten it. I have not experienced any slow speeds, and again no random dropped connections. I also have around 10 devices connected to it at the same time and it still runs fast, even when playing videos. Overall it runs smoothly with all the devices connected at the same time. The modem creates 2 Wi-Fi networks which is 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz. If the device you are using is a bit older it will only recognize 2.4 Ghz. If you want to get onto the 5 Ghz network you can buy an adapter that will get you on that network. I would also like to mention the lights on the modem really light the room up when the room is dark, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending where your modem is placed 😉

Internet Packages – Most of Fido’s data is unlimited so you never have to worry about monitoring or going over your usage ever again! That’s a sweet relief! If you are a light user, Fido also has you covered with a package as low as $35 a month which would be best for 1 user.

Customer service – This is one thing I really depend on when it comes to companies. If a situation occurs, I need to speak to a real person. I want to be able to understand them, and at Fido, they do just that! The customer service is so great! Most times when I call, my wait time is under 5 minutes. The representatives are friendly and understandable, making the whole experience stress free and an easy one. If you need to contact Fido, keep in mind a $10 fee may apply. If you are not interested in paying that, you can manage your account online easily and plus it saves you some time! Accessing your account on the website is easy and fast!

If you’re wondering what I generally use my internet for:  heavy browsing, streaming videos, and gaming. That pretty much covers it since the internet is a nice medium to connect to the world.  

Downside: It’s an older modem, but who cares? It honestly works just as good if not better than the newer ones. Contacting customer service over the phone may cost you $10.

Upside: It’s cheap, unlimited, great internet, reliable wi-fi at an amazing price! Fido is so much cheaper than most bigger companies. It’s just as good and you will save a lot of money!  

Back to School Deals Going on Right Now

If you’re a student, you may want to consider the offer that Fido has right now!  

Students will get 75u for $45 a month with no commitment. After 12 months you will pay $65 a month which is not bad at all and still cheap when comparing to other companies. I really like the no commitment – so if it doesn’t work out for you, you can quickly say cya. If you are a student, I would highly recommend getting this. Another bonus – if you sign up for select packages you will get a $50 Best Buy gift card.

Fido is a great deal and hopefully you won’t regret it. Your wallet will thank you, and you should feel pretty good that you did yourself a favour.

Check to see if Fido is available in your area! Go ahead, check it out for yourself!