You’re right. This is often a good way to know who is trustworthy. About the article you post, the author starts by saying he is not sure about what he is writing and need to check some facts. I think before accusing, one need to be sure of its argument.
To make a choice, I often like to use several tools to check the browsers, VPN… (tracker blocking, fingerprinting, IP test, dns leak test…).
These tools are elaborated by trustworthy fondations. I want them to test my browser, my VPN or my phone settings (DNS).
Using these tools, I’ve never found a Firefox settings that make me happy. While Brave do (at least regarding Fingerprinting, which is what I want to avoid the most and with trackers, which Brave seems to block enough to let internet work properly).
I assume what puzzle people with Brave is their Reward stuff, which looks like another way to make money. I agree with that and don’t use it.
Now my own experience : since I use Brave, I don’t have any spam, ads, whatever, in my mailbox.
But I don’t work for Brave and if someone can give me a good alternate browser, I’ll go for it. I don’t want very specific browser (Fennec, /e/ browser,…) because they leave a very unique fingerprint. So, what’s best between hardened chromium, Brave or hardened Firefox ? Each of these browsers have people who are pro or hate them. Please @TheLastProject , can you tell me which browser you use and how do you use it ? (extensions ?)
I’m afraid you won’t find them in F-Droid as they are not totally FOSS, I think. I tried Firefox, now I’m on Brave. I want to try a custom/hardened version of chromium, which is FOSS.