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Web browser security. Is it really safe?

October 22, 2019

Web browser security. Is it really safe?

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Web browser security: Learn How the Most Popular Browsers Operate

If there is still a reason why you have a post-it covering the webcam of your laptop, if you have not yet had the audacity to delve into the deep web despite all the mysteries they say it contains, if you only enter the Internet in incognito mode, sitting in your armchair with a blindfold: then you’re worried about one thing: safety.

Today, in our blog, we will discuss Web browser security. Which are the safest? Is there life beyond Google Chrome?

Web browser security

As we all know, a browser is the tool we use most to face the Internet. The market, which is very clever, knows it, and for that reason we have a great offer, of all kinds.

If we had them all in front of us, the general question would be which one is the fastest, the one that performs best and the one that operates most easily. Cyberattacks are on the rise, data breaches open under our feet and inappropriate use of our personal data can be a recent and open wound. For this reason we must also think about the security aspect when choosing a web browser.

Your browser can be that revolving door through which hackers enter to install. So why not be prepared with the right privacy tools and the necessary blocking of malicious scripts to make a definite charge against the bad guys? Say “no” to those who want to follow your activity! Say no to that annoying advertising with miraculous slimming ads!

Web browser security: Google Chrome

Chrome is the most popular browser. It is used by most users. It has a certain ease of safe operation, and you get warnings about the various dangerous pages. Then there’s incognito mode as a privacy gadget. However, through it, Google is extremely easy to track every step you take and store it for its own purposes. In addition to that in 2016, Chrome received the award for the record number of vulnerabilities discovered.

On a more than positive note, Chrome is one of the few to release security updates on a regular basis and very frequently, sometimes just 15 days apart.

Web browser security: Microsoft Internet Explorer

Out of the five browsers we all know, Explorer was the second least vulnerable in 2016, and since then its numbers have decreased considerably.

Web browser security: Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox, is the third most popular browser among users. In 2016 it ranked just behind Microsoft IE in terms of vulnerabilities discovered. Even so, the frequency of their updates could improve; they spend about 28 days between them, barely surpassing Internet Explorer in this matter.

Among the major defects of Firefox, according to users, we can find that it does not use sandbox technology as other known browsers do. It also often has problems with architecture and JavaScript plugins, so “The Fox” is in danger of going extinct.

Web browser security: Apple Safari

Apple Safari ranks fifth when it comes to popularity and market rate. It accounts for less than 7% of the computer browser market. Even so, Apple Safari is the second most found browser on mobiles, with 30% of the market. And not only that, it may be quite bad in terms of popularity, but it had the fewest vulnerabilities discovered in 2016, so it’s alright.

Web browser security: Opera

Opera is one of those great browsers that includes a VPN and a built-in ad-blocker. You will not be able to download torrents from it, but you will be able to browse anonymously and safely. It won’t track your location or monitor your search history. Currently only available for Windows and Android, but the app, Opera Mini, also works on iOS.

Web browser security: Microsoft Edge

One of its best and most distinguished features is to use Windows Defender SmartScreen technology to detect those phishing websites and other malicious sites, with an eye and a sharpness different from many other browsers. If you add the integrated “Do Not Track” option and the “In Private” navigation mode, so as not to leave a trace of your activities, then so much the better.

Web browser security: EpicPrivacy Browser

A browser that looks like it’s made for security. In fact, it only works in private navigation mode. It also adds the Do Not Track option by default. This means that after each session, you delete cookies, crawlers and other data that come from your searches.

In your package we can also find an advertising blocker and the use of SSL connections, which protects us from public Wifi connections. Oh, how wonderful.

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