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What is the Safest Browser?

August 24, 2011

What is the Safest Browser?

If you frequently use the Internet, you need protection against all kinds of malware. In fact, the safest way to surf the Internet is to go for the best browser. Any browser that lacks security features lags behind in the race of best browsing applications because of the ever-increasing number of malicious threats these days. Browser developers try to give their browser the best security features so as to make it stand out among other browsers as far as safety and security of browsing are concerned. In this regard, though all major browsers have added security technologies against web-based threats, not all claim to stop all types of malicious or phishing attacks.

If you are looking for a browser that is completely secure against malware threats, you can go for Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). According to NSS Labs, which is the prominent organization in independent security product testing and certification, of the major browsers (IE 7, IE 8, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera), IE9 is capable of detecting all malware websites with 90 percent malware detection. Safari 5, Firefox 4, and Chrome 10 follow next with 13 percent detection each, and Opera with 5 percent. NSS Labs’ report claims that Internet Explorer leads in protecting computer users against all kinds of malware, with IE9 capable of blocking or warning against the majority of socially engineered malware.  

The NSS report claims that the SmartScreen Filter in IE8 and IE9 is designed to protect customers from web-based attacks.  This makes it an extremely safe browser.  

So far, Internet Explorer has been able to block more than 1.2 billion malware and phishing attacks, which clearly points toward its efficacy and efficiency in fighting against malware threats. Further, IE8 is the only browser with a better score than earlier reports.  IE7 on a fully patched Windows is safer to browse compared to its earlier versions. Also, IE 7 is the safest browser when running Windows Vista, which does not let browser applications write directly to the file system.

But there is a drawback with IE. It lacks handy features, including pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing. Further, ActiveX easily allows carefully crafted websites to hijack your PC merely by opening the infected page in the browser.


Firefox is also close to being the safest browser, especially as it is highly secure and loads almost every website and web-hosted service immediately, with no intervention required on your part.  Further, Firefox is considerably expandable due to the numerous extensions offered by third parties. However, there is one major flaw in Version 2, which consumes considerable system memory, thus making the system excessively slow.

Despite the drawback, Firefox 2 is one of the safest browsers, having all the essential features, including pop-up blocking, phishing detector, multipage tabbed browsing, and password manager. Moreover, what makes Firefox distinct is the vast range of downloadable extensions that let you secure, customize, and even fine-tune your browsing experience. Mozilla has come up with many added features in its third version, which loads pages faster than previous Firefox versions.


Chrome is faster at memory management and has a cleaner interface that is easy to operate, thanks to its time-saving features.  However, as far as security is concerned, Chrome cannot be termed the safest.

Microsoft’s Tips for a Better Online Security Experience

  • Install antivirus and antispyware from trusted sources.
  • Keep your security software updated all the time against new malicious threats.
  • Allow SmartScreen Filter on your browser.
  • Turn your Microsoft security essentials updates on, which are available for free.
  • Keep your browser add-ons updated.
  • Turn on your firewall.







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