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What is the Most Secure Internet Browser to Use?

Posted In Security, Browser, Products Review - By Kevin on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 With No Comments »

There’s no such thing as a 100% safe web surfing experience. Every time you go online there is a chance, albeit a slight one, that someone will gain access to your personal information. Computer hackers and other virtual criminals can launch massive spam attacks or personal incursions at anytime online. In many cases, they gain access by exploiting vulnerabilities in popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. But which is best?

When it comes to security, a browser should offer reliable protection from adware, malware, viruses, and hackers. And most of them do! Regardless of the browser, programmers are working tirelessly to ensure a safe online experience for all users. That’s the good news. The bad news is that cybercriminals are working just as hard to find new ways to break into your browser and steal your personal information.

All of the popular browsers we mentioned offer basic security features, including privacy settings, antispyware, and popup blockers. But according to a slew of recent surveys, studies, and reports, some web browsers are better at keeping personal information from the prying eyes of cybercriminals.

What the experts say?

According to a recent evaluation conducted by the research team at Accuvant LABS, Google Chrome beat out Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer for the title of the most secure web browser. The study found that Google Chrome had an edge when it came to creating and implementing new safety features that guard against virtual attacks. Of course, that was only one study.

An even more revealing test was conducted in 2011, when contestants at the Pwn2Own computer hacking conference were challenged to find and exploit vulnerabilities in the four most popular browsers: Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Hackers were able to gain easy access to both Safari and Internet Explorer. They even managed to add files to the hard drives of the computers they were targeting. Firefox and Chrome, on the other hand, withstood attacks during the exercise. What does this tell us?

Computer geeks and nerds and even regular users can be quite particular about their browsers. They might prefer one web browser over the other based on speed, compatibility, ease of use, or help and support features. But with regard to security, we can state with a fairly high degree of certainty that some browsers are better than others.

At the very least, we can narrow the contenders down to two popular browsers—Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Both have proven effective at resisting attacks, both in the lab and the field. But according to those in the know, one is a cut above. Top Ten Reviews, Lifehacker, and PC World Magazine all recently named Google Chrome as the most secure web browser on Earth. Why?

Like most of the top browsers, Chrome has built-in malware and phishing protection. It also features automatic updates, which ensures that all of the latest security fixes are added as they become available. The internet browser also displays a warning when users visit a website that is potentially unsafe. Unwanted software that could be used to monitor your online activities and steal your passwords and other personal information is blocked before it can ever be installed.

For Added Safety

No matter which browser you install and ultimately use, it is important to download a legitimate version from the software’s manufacturer. Always go to their official website and ignore popups or ads that may divert you to an unauthorized site that features unlicensed or corrupted versions of the software. These unapproved versions do not offer any online security and may even be used to spy on unsuspected users.

Some browsers, such as Google Chrome, will automatically update your software. But most must be adjusted to allow for regular software updates in the online preference settings. Once set, additional security features will be added as soon as they become available. It is also advisable to raise your browser’s security settings to their highest possible setting to resist cyber attacks…really, why wouldn’t you?

Last but not least, it is important to disable popups in all of the web browsers you use. For added security, you can also install trusted security software that blocks popup windows. Why is this necessary? Although they might seem innocuous enough, infected popups are a common trick hackers use to get unsuspecting users to download malware, which lets them monitor all of your online activities.

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