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The Ultimate Browser Security Face-Off

The Web is teeming with venomous exploits. And an ever-increasing quantity of that malware sneaks onto hard drives via the browser.

Which begs the question: Does your choice of browser affect your chances of being infected? Conventional wisdom says to avoid Internet Explorer, simply because it's the target of a magnitude more malware than any other browser

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tudors3133d ago

I don't blame the browser, you have to start with a clean install of Windows and protect it fully from the get go, like the article states you got to keep things updated, I only just managed to fix my friends laptop but I thought the OS was corrupted by it, thankfully I got there in the end but there was some serious infections go on.

f7897903133d ago

A few days ago malware completely infected my system while using Firefox and I had to reformat. Everything was updated so I was mad that my antivirus and Window security failed to stop it from automatically installing itself.

ChampIDC3133d ago

Yeah, Chrome is definitely a great browser, but unfortunately, not all websites support it. It's been great for me for the most part, but sometimes I need to open up Firefox to get some things to work.

PR0NE3133d ago (Edited 3133d ago )

i bet you're not using "NoScript" and going to warez sites(or some other infected sites), the more popular chrome gets the more likely hackers are going to target it, which is happening with firefox right now and we all know that IE is the worst browser to surf the internet safely, so if u use NoScript and only allow trusted sites on it, there is zero chance you'll get any virus...

Well take me for example, my antivirus (pc tools) expired since a month so my pc was not protected by an antivirus, so I've surfed all kind of sites(from facebook to warez and porn) and when i bought my new antivirus few days ago(currently using kaspersky pro) i found only 1 virus which i know it came from a flash memory that i plugged into my pc, so zero from firefox + NoScript.just my 2 cents..
the only downside of NoScript is that it slows the browser's startup at first launch, well nothing important imo..

and don't forget that chrome is still in the beta so it doesn't support all websites and it is still vulnerable(google the security leaks that've been patched, some of 'em are horrible) i bet there are lot of issues to fix... and finally Chrome is built using the Gecko engine built by Mozilla(creaters of firefox) or at least utilizing a lot of code from it and from firefox itself.. Well i am not saying that Chrome will turn out to be a horrible browser but it is still in Beta and it's not popular YET among the hacker community so it'll be targeted

Bladestar3133d ago (Edited 3133d ago )

The most secure browser is the less popular.

The most prepare for security treats is IE, and I am not just saying that do some reading.

The problem is that since it's the number 1 target, sometimes not even the huge arsenal of code and production can stop the hackers.

One can see now that as Firefox becomes popular is practically updated on weekly bases in order to add more and more security. And if you go to their official site security bulletin you can see how many attacks and security problems they are facing.

Chrome? I mean, I use this browser now because is the fastest. But in reality is the least secure of all. But as of today it's ok since hackers are still cooking viruses and spywares for it... they are just not released yet.

I don't remember when was the last time I got a virus on my computer.

Know your computer/software/browser and you become immune to hacker attacks.

For example, always run your browser at the highest possible security that allow you to do what you need to do. Never run anything with more security than it needs.

For example, if you are going to browse google and other legitimate sites run your browser with normal security.

If you are going to navigate porno sites, steal music, etc (not judging you). Run your browser at the highest security which will disable cookies, javascript, etc. Impossible to hack you this way.

There are so many browser out there. I have more than 7 browsers intall in my computer and I use browsers according to the content I am going to view.

IE - Bank, Netflix, etc.

Firefox - Web development, Google RSS, N4G, goggle searching...

Google Chrome - Web based games like Tribal Wars and other image intensive sites.

Opera - When Google Chrome does not work.

Netscape - When Opera does not work.

Mozilla - to make sure the code I write supports the lowest common denominator.

Apple Safari - To remind me how much Apple sucks.

You can pre-set the browser security and use them accordingly.

Here is an idea to browser makers! How about adding a profile feature... where I can create different profiles that will allow me to set a security, cookies, etc base on the Login I use... and no I wam not talking about windows login... I want something like Messenger... where I can login as someone else.

That way I don't have to be changing settings!