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Browser Wars: Internet Explorer 10 safest for browsing (for now…)

It seems like every month a new study declares a different browser as the safest way to access the internet. This indecision makes it difficult for us computer users to know which browser is truly the safest way to surf the web. So which browser should you use? (Jump to the bottom of the page for our recommendation)

Typically, Google’s Chrome – a browser we highly recommend – picks up the majority of awards. In fact, it’s been considered the safest browser available for a few years now. However, a change could be on the cards, after a recent study by NSS Labs crowned Internet Explorer 10 as the new king of secure-surfing.

IE10: King of Browsers?

After testing all five of the major internet browsers (that’s IE10, Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera) for how efficiently they blocked malicious downloads, the result wasn’t even close: IE10 was the clear winner.

Microsoft’s product blocked a massive 99.96% of malicious downloads, while Chrome – in second place – managed just 83.16%. Considering Chrome has historically been considered the safest browser, that’s a big shock to us, and probably an even bigger one for the guys at Google HQ.

Safari, Opera and Firefox Failure?

Despite falling to IE 10, Chrome massively outperformed the other three browsers, who were so far behind that we’re too embarrassed to show their results.

There’s also another reason that we don’t want to reveal Safari, Firefox and Opera’s scores, however: the test wasn’t a conclusive report of total browser security.

While preventing users from experiencing malicious downloads is important, there are other security features that browsers use, and other methods to test them.

We shouldn’t consider the (very) bad scores of Safari, Firefox and Opera as a complete damnation of those browsers. After all, it wasn’t such a long time ago that Internet Explorer browsers were to be avoided like the plague.

It’s also important to remember that each browser has different strengths, and so if you want to get deeply involved in your own computer security, you should pick a browser that best matches the type of protection you need. Firefox, for example, blocks third-party tracking cookies by default.

Which browser should I use for security?

In conclusion, we’d recommend that you use either Google’s Chrome or Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10, depending on your preference. Chrome has a rich history of protecting its users (and has a great record on rapidly fixing known issues), while IE10 has come out on top in this test – and not by a small margin!

In fact, why not give them both a try and see which you prefer?

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2 Responses to Browser Wars: Internet Explorer 10 safest for browsing (for now…)

  1. GEORGE M TAU says:

    Hi Norman, Im calling from South Africa. Just wanna say thank you for your research. The net is really a wild terrain.
    How long do you think these differences in browser securities will last, three, four, six or a year with EXP10 at the top?

    • Norman Norman says:

      Hi there,
      This is a hard question to answer but we track all news and research in order to keep you as up-to-date as possible.

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