WHICH WEB BROWSER IS MOST SECURE
I bet that at least once in your life you have had doubts about which browser is most secure. Although there are different opinion about this issue I will try to give you some facts and statistic data about it.
Every now and then we hear about hackers’ attacks and taking advantage of somebody else’s personal information and we wonder how such thing is possible. The real reason behind this is the vulnerability in the users’ web browsers. There are many browsers available, such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, but the real question is: which web browser is most secure in terms of viruses, hackers and malware?
In order to attract more users many browsers are paying more attention to their security, but popularity and security do not necessarily come together.
A study carried out in July, 2011 by Accuvant (the Authoritative Source for information security delivering alignment between IT security and business objectives) found that Chrome (the second most popular browser) ranks as the most secure web browser in comparison to Internet Explorer (the most popular) and Firefox.
Interestingly, recently the German government also named Chrome the most secure browser, thus the study got more credit. Chrome browser has the highest rating for boosting its security by creating and making functional the new safety measures, according to the research. The Internet Explorer browser’s rating is somewhat lower and the Firefox browser is the least safe.
Despite these recent findings, the browser wars still remain. In a recent Pwn2Own conference, (Pwn2Own: a computer hacking contest held annually since 2007) hackers attacked the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Chrome and Firefox both avoided the hacking attacks. Unlike these browsers, Internet Explorer and Safari were hacked very fast and the hackers even succeed to write files on the attacked computers where Internet Explorer and Safari were installed.
No matter what browser you choose, manufacturers are always taking actions to ensure users can enjoy surfing the web safely.
That is why it’s important to educate yourself about this threat and take the steps necessary to lower your chances of falling victim to a browser security breach.
Just keep the following tips in mind:
1. You have to download a legitimate version of the new browser you want to use. Try to download the version from the manufacturer’s site and avoid installing ads or pop ups which may cause you install corrupt version.
2. You should adjust your online settings to allow software updates for internet browsers like Internet Explorer or Safari to update your operating system. Other browsers, such as Firefox and Chrome have an automatic update which provides improved security attributes.
3. Set your browser’s security settings to the highest possible level to prevent others from using your browser.
4. Block popups in your browsers or install security software that prevents popup windows, a popular way of hackers to trick users into downloading viruses.
After the long research and comparison of the data I have come across, I can only conclude that no matter which browser you use, you have to be responsible. Always surf responsibly and follow safe practices. Do not accept, run or even download anything if you are not sure what it is exactly.