A New Study Confirms That Firefox is Safest
Something we already knew, of course, but it is nice to be validated! Firefox ranks as the safest browser to use to be safe on the Internet, while Internet Explorer is the riskiest browser to use. This is why I install it first when I build a new system. Go forth and be safe!
“Mozilla Firefox fans might rest a little easier these days after a study released Tuesday revealed that its users are most secure on the Internet. The study ‘Understanding the Web browser threat: Examination of vulnerable online Web browser populations and the ‘insecurity iceberg,” was a collaborative effort conducted by researchers at The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Google and IBM (NYSE:IBM) Internet Security Services. The research offers a comprehensive analysis of Web browsers, particularly in the area of security. The study’s aim was to analyze Web browser preference and behavior for people using the Internet. Altogether, the study found that less than 60 percent (59.1) of people use up-to-date, fully patched Web browsers. Failure update browsers exponentially increases the chance for remote attacks executed by hackers, the study found. In recent years, the Web has become the vehicle for malicious attacks, which have enabled cyber criminals to execute code that shuts down a system or takes complete control of a user’s PC. Unlike years past, hackers now are creating new malware specifically to gain access to user’s personal and financial information, with the aim of committing identity theft or selling it on the black market.”