For the second year in a row Microsoft Edge is crowned the most secure web browser on the PC market, offering the best protection against malware threats in general and phishing in particular, according to the results of the CyberRatings.org Web Browser Security Test 2021.
Based on these results, Microsoft Edge can boast of 97.4% protection against malware, well above the 86.3% protection ratio offered by Google Chrome and the 81.8% by Mozilla Firefox. Regarding protection against phishing, the distances between browsers are equally significant and Microsoft Edge achieves 92.3%, compared to 84.6% and 83.2% obtained by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, respectively.
Indeed, the browsers in contention are only the three mentioned, Edge (v91), Chrome (v90, v91) and Firefox (v88), so the test is a bit lackluster, with more competition. They specify it in the highlighted notes, where they remember that “Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium, the same code base as Google Chrome. Where they differ is in features like anti-malware and anti-phishing reputation systems«; and both Brave, Opera and Vivaldi, other derivatives of Chromium, incorporate their own protections.
We are therefore left without knowing the full table, although in all fairness it must be recognized that at least the big three have been measured, if Edge or Firefox can be considered large compared to Chrome. Thus, the difference that separates them in market share is much more important than in the level of protection against the aforementioned threats, otherwise quite ambiguous, especially in the case of malware.
CyberRatings.org is a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to testing security software or in which security has a very significant impact, such as web browsers. Their page details the methodologies used to test all three, including “lock rates for each product and consistency of data log protection over time”: “the results were consistent throughout the test without interruptions in service, “they say.
Threats are changing tactics with an increasing focus on ransomware. Ransomware almost always starts with phishing / social engineering. Phishing doubled in 2020 and has so far increased year over year, “explains Vikram Phatak, CEO of CyberRatings.org. «Now, more than ever, consumers should not override the warnings offered by their web browser«.
Although much of what is said is the result of a joke, the truth is that before even making the leap to Chromium, Microsoft Edge was considered one of the safest web browsers on the market and, depending on the source and context, as the safest. And it seems that he does not get off the post.