Here’s a legitimate question we all need to talk about. Is Microsoft Edge safer than Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox? Microsoft has been saying this for quite some time, but there isn’t much proof to the claims the company is making.
Folks using Windows 10 will have most likely come across the ads built inside the operating system that are designed to showcase Microsoft products and services. The claims that Edge is much safer than Chrome and Firefox is not coming straight from Microsoft itself. In fact, the company is going by data from NSS Labs, a business that has much to do with selling threat intelligence along with other security related things.
Microsoft Edge is the most secure web browser
Now, NSS Labs tested 304 examples of Socially Engineered Malware (SEM) along with phishing pages. Here’s the deal, the organization found out that Microsoft Edge’s SmartScreen feature managed to block up to 99 percent of all SEM’s, while Chrome could only block 85.5 percent. When it came down to Firefox, the popular web browser only blocked 78.3 percent of all SEM examples tested.
How Does SmartScreen Works?
For those who are not aware, Microsoft SmartScreen was first introduced by the software giant in Internet Explorer 7 as “Phishing Filter.” Since then, the service has been improved upon until the name was ultimately changed to what we know it as today. It should be noted that both Chrome and Firefox have similar features, but they fall short when compared.
Bear in mind that SmartScreen is only a small part of Microsoft Edge security, and should not be relied upon as the primary defense against any threat. We recommend the user to take advantage of anti-virus programs.
Hey There, What About Sandboxing?
Yes, Sandboxing is another great security feature found in major web browsers. We understand that both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome have the sandbox technology fully implemented. As for Mozilla Firefox, such is not the case at the moment.
You see, the sandbox feature is there for Firefox, but only for media plugins. This is because Mozilla must find a way to have its sandbox technology support up to 13-years of extensions, and that’s no easy feat. Microsoft Edge and Chrome began life with the sandbox feature, so every extension supports it.
Still, it should be noted that the sandbox feature is usually the reason why Chrome uses more RAM when compared to Firefox. However, it would seem as if Microsoft figured out a way to stop Edge from requesting more RAM space when the sandbox feature is active, and that’s ideal for Windows 10 users.
Let’s Talk About Privacy Protection
From what we can tell, all browser support a form of privacy protection. When a user launches a privacy window, the browser at this point fails to collect history data, so nothing is left behind. We have InPrivate on Edge, Incognito on Chrome, and Private Browsing in Firefox. However, one should keep in mind that browsing with the privacy window active does not prevent the web browser from being hacked.
So, Is Microsoft Edge The Better Web Browser For Best Security?
At this moment in time, it is, but anything can change in the months to come. Google and Mozilla have no interest of allowing Microsoft to bounce back to the top with Edge, so we expect both companies to release new security features in the future to better improve their respective web browsers.
Over to you!