For many people, the question surrounding which web browser to use can seem a little trivial. However, it is important to note that different browsers come with different security features that could end up impacting how safe you are from cybercriminals. If you’re unsure which browser to use, we’ve put together a quick guide below.
Developed by Apple for macOS, iPad OS, and iOS, Safari is a graphical web browser that comes with a number of excellent security features. Its latest version, Safari 13, comes with programs such as Automatic Strong Passwords and Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.0, designed to analyze the strength of your passwords and ensure that your data is kept safe wherever you go. Safari is also a relatively fast browser and comes with encryption capabilities unrivaled by a number of other browsers. Furthermore, its authentication options and Apple Pay capabilities offer users a good deal of control over their personal information. It should be noted, however, that this browser is only available to use on Apple devices.
Developed as a new and improved version of Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge is the current default browser for Windows devices. It is more efficient than Internet Explorer and comes integrated with Microsoft Store extension and personal helper Cortana, both of which significantly improve the browsing experience.
As the native browser for Windows 10 devices, Edge is a good option for those who would like to optimize power usage and data security with minimum effort. Indeed, it comes with a number of high-quality security features including the Arbitrary Code Guard and the Code Integrity Guard, both of which work to prevent infection from malicious codes.
Mozilla Firefox is an open-source browser that is free to download and widely available across a range of operating systems. Unfortunately, as Firefox is an open-source program, it can suffer from security issues when used on public computers. For single-user devices and personal computers, however, it is relatively safe and can be modified to enable a range of robust security features.
Important features to install include its anti-phishing and anti-malware programs, as well as a range of add-ons designed to enhance privacy, reveal malicious links and block unwanted pop-ups.
One of the best things about Firefox is that it comes with a bug bounty program offering financial rewards to anyone able to identify security holes in the browser’s code. These holes can then be quickly patched.
Developed by Google as a cross-platform browser, Chrome is the default option for the company’s Chromebook range. It uses a process known as ‘sandboxing’, whereby programs are run separately to prevent software vulnerabilities from spreading.
Chrome also features regularly updated blacklists designed to weed out phishing scams and malware. This means that users are quickly warned of sites that could harm their devices or their capture their data.
Stay on top of your cybersecurity
As you can see, browser operators do their best to keep users from falling prey to malware and other security issues. However, it is important to understand that you cannot simply rely on a browser to ensure robust cybersecurity. You must also install relevant anti-virus software and learn about how cybersecurity works.