Browser vulnerabilities can be exploited by cybercriminals to gain access to your data and your computer. So a browser can be a potential vulnerability. Privacy is also a browser’s job because it should store as little user information as possible and block trackers that track you on the web to spy on your user behavior.
With specially secured browsers, which can be used, for example, to transfer sensitive data during online banking, you usually have to cut back on user-friendliness, as this is not taken into account due to the high-security features. They are therefore hardly usable in everyday life. This article will, therefore, answer the question of which of the common browsers is most secure and best suited for everyday use.
Is a secure browser alone sufficient?
This question can be answered right at the beginning with “No”. No matter how good the security features of a browser may be, users can stay on dubious websites, click on links in suspicious e-mails, download software from unknown sources and handle their passwords with anything but care.
Of course, the browser you’re using contributes to security on the net, but it’s relatively small, as opposed to how your own online behavior affects your security. There are a few simple rules you should follow if you value your privacy on the Internet:
- I’m sure you’ve heard this tip many times before, but there are still many people who use their children’s names or dates of birth as passwords, or who have been using the same password for years. But it’s so simple: use complex passwords that are not easy to guess. The best thing to do is to think about strings that only make sense for yourself. In addition, you should only store your passwords in an encrypted form or, even better, not at all.
- On relevant sites, there are many applications which look very interesting and which we would like to install. Nevertheless, you should not exaggerate it, but only download programs that are really important for you. In addition, you should research whether the source from which you want to start a download is really serious. You can usually find all the information you need on the Internet.
- The same applies to browser extensions. Because they can observe everything you do online. So they are not exactly the yellow of the egg in terms of data protection. In addition, useful extensions are always sold to dubious companies and converted into malware by them. Here, too, you should only install extensions that are really important to you.
- Another important point, which many still do wrong, is that you should only disclose what is really necessary. For example, if you fill out a web form, it’s best to fill out only the boxes that are mandatory, and leave out everything else. If you are asked for data that makes you suspicious, it is better to refrain from logging in to the respective page. In addition, many people still don’t think that you should pay close attention to what you reveal about yourself and what you prefer to keep to yourself, even on social networks.
- Never click on links from unsolicited emails. Not even if they resemble those of your bank etc. Phishing websites usually look deceptively similar to the originals.
- Make sure that you only visit websites with a URL that begins with “https” when banking online or shopping on the net. This means that they are encrypted using SSL. Most browsers now display an icon with a green padlock in the address bar.
- Last but not least: Updates for your operating system and other applications should always be installed promptly. Often these updates contain fixes for known security holes, which can pose a risk to your device and your data if not installed.
Security comparison of popular browsers
This is probably the most popular browser and it also has a very good reputation in terms of security. About every 14 days there are updates that improve security. The sandbox technology also prevents malicious websites from gaining access to the computer, as the web is separated from the rest of the computer.
Unfortunately, this browser leaves much to be desired in the area of data protection. After all, it is well known that Google earns a lot of money with targeted advertising and this is only possible if detailed user profiles are created. Many services that transfer data to Google can be deactivated in the settings, but those responsible are relying on the fact that many users never change the default settings and even don’t even use VPN chrome extension. And they’re right about that.
This browser does not come close to Google Chrome in terms of security. For example, no-sandbox is used. Only add-ons are packed in a sandbox.
But Firefox doesn’t fool anyone when it comes to data protection. There is an aggressive tracking filter to prevent the user from being tracked on the net. In addition, the browser is completely open-source, which means that virtually anyone can view the code and check what the program is doing. Users can, therefore, be sure that no data about their Internet use will be tapped.
This browser is as secure as Chrome, and at the same time as Firefox, it is as concerned about privacy as Firefox. Unfortunately, it is not completely open-source and offers less transparency for the users. But there are some additional features that provide more data protection and security. For example, there is an integrated ad blocker that blocks advertisements and trackers and protects them from crypto-mining.
According to a report by computer security company NSS Lab, Edge’s security feature detected 99% of all malware and phishing sites, more than Chrome and Firefox. But that doesn’t mean this browser is any safer than the others. At an event where hackers try to hack known browsers, Edge was the most hacked browser. However, Edge also uses a sandbox and the developers regularly release updates and react very quickly to security vulnerabilities.
Apple has a reputation for taking security and privacy very seriously. Safari is the last major browser to use WebKit as its rendering engine. Because it’s not widespread anymore, it doesn’t offer a very attractive target for hackers, which is positive for users, of course. So Safari is a good choice for those who care about security.
This is the winner
The safest browser currently available for free is Tor. It relies mainly on anonymous surfing on the Internet. Using Tor hides your IP address, location, and surfing information. Multiple layers of encryption are used for this purpose. This browser is a purer, more secure version of Firefox and uses HTTPS. Even blocked websites can be visited with it.
However, there are disadvantages here as well. The browser is rather sluggish and somewhat impractical and complicated to use.
So you can see that no browser is one hundred percent perfect. Everyone focuses on different things. One focuses more on security and the other on data protection. That’s why it’s always important that you go by your personal preferences and choose the browser that best suits you and your online behavior.