Browser comparison – what does a browser need?
Browsers are popular targets for criminals. That’s no wonder, because no other software is used so often and is so diverse. And no matter which browser you use, all browsers must be able to provide the best browsing security. In your browser, you want to watch videos and view PDF documents. You want to surf the Internet, while the browser should create 3D graphics or video calls. That means a browser has to be quite diverse. As a result, it offers an enormous amount of attack surface. But are there any ways you can protect yourself from these attacks?
But do you have to worry about the browser at all? After all, at least one is pre-installed on your computer anyway. A really important argument should be the browser security. Or do you want to get infected with malware while surfing, just because your browser’s security is too bad? Especially Microsoft Edge has to fight on this topic with the bad reputation of its predecessor, the Internet Explorer. While Edge is much safer than its predecessor, Edge is as good as Google Chrome or the alternatives Mozilla Firefox and Opera? At least in a hacker contest in March 2017, Edge was extremely bad. Five times, participants found a vulnerability in the browser, Firefox they could hack only once, Chrome was even completely unscathed.
Browsing security on phishing sites
Another browser security test provided results on how to handle phishing sites. In 2017, NSS Labs, Texas security consultants, tested Edge, Chrome, and Firefox anti-phishing systems. In doing so, the browser has to compare the web addresses accessed by the users with an online database of known phishing and malware sites. A suspicious page will display a warning message in the browser. The browser comparison shows: Edge clearly gained with a hit rate of 94.4 to 99.6 percent. Chrome was in the test period at 77.8 to 93.1 percent and Firefox landed with 58.5 to 75.1 percent significantly in last place.
Which browser is the safest?
Opera has proven to be the safest browser. However, only in questions about the browsing security. Surface, plug-ins or comfort features we did not investigate, since they are subject to personal taste. If you are interested in these functions and application options in addition to the security questions, read our blog post browser in comparison.
- The current Opera browser is our test winner. It is based on the technology of Chrome, has built an ad blocker and VPN. These protections you need to retrofit with Edge, Firefox and Chrome with plugins. Thus, the three browsers lack an important piece of browser security in the basic configuration.
- In second place, the Chrome browser follows in our review. He has very good browsing security features and also has a really good reputation, but fights with some vulnerabilities: namely, not at all good is the protection of the privacy. If you do not want Google to collect your data, you’ll need to turn off all functionality individually.
- Firefox Quantum convinces with the best password manager. However, Firefox lacks important security features with plugins like NoScript and Adblock Plus.
- Microsoft Edge is as good or bad as the competition in terms of phishing protection and security features. However, there are no details: For a whole range of settings, you need Windows Group Policy, which you, as a normal user, do not have access to. Also, you must first configure the Edge Browser to protect your privacy, and cookie management is rudimentary.
For some useful tools – add ons for your browser you can visit our post about must have extensions.