- Apr 24, 2016
Cyber Ratings ran a study in July 2021 in which it tested the defensive capabilities of the web browsers Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The study observed malware and phishing protections of the browsers over the course of 20 days. Four tests were run each day, with fresh attacks being added and old ones removed throughout the 20 day period.
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox use Google Safe Browsing API to protect users against malware and phishing attacks. Microsoft Edge uses Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for protection.
The following browser versions were used for the test on a Windows 10 Pro version 21H1 system:
- Google Chrome: Version 90.0.4430.212 - 91.0.4472.19
- Microsoft Edge: Version: 91.0.864.19 - 91.0.864.37
- Mozilla Firefox: Version 88.0.1 - 88.0.1
Microsoft Edge has the edge when it comes to malware and phishing protections according to the study. The base configuration of each browser was used and automatic updates were enabled. Protections can be improved significantly by users, for instance by installing content blockers or by using common sense while on the Internet.
Cyber Ratings report: Microsoft Edge offers better malware and phishing protection - gHacks Tech News
Microsoft Edge protects better against malware and phshing attacks and threats on the Internet than Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, according to a Cyber Ratings study.