Recently a colleague asked, Which is the most secure web browser available?
The question resulted from something the InfoTechnology side of the house had shared, that only Internet Explorer was the most secure of Chrome and Firefox, which is why the two would not be allowed in a K-12 setting. Having encountered this foolishness in other K-12 districts, I was quick to respond.
But then, I started to wonder–what research did I have to back up my claim that the IT folks were lying?
- A recent Accuvant study–commissioned by Google–revealed that Chrome (the second most popular browser) ranks as the most secure web browser when compared to Internet Explorer (the most popular) and Firefox. (Source)
- Ok, everything out there seems to refer to the Accuvant study. Sigh.
- Protected Mode in the beta version of IE 10 running on Windows 8 is close to gaining parity with the current Chrome sandbox. (Source)
- Internet Explorer 9, Geier writes, offers the most basic password storage. Unlike the other two browsers, there is no way to view or edit passwords in the settings. (Source)
- Take a look at this research finding by NSS Labs from Q2 of this year:
It tested the top browsers and actually found IE9 to be the most secure, with components such as URL reputation and Application reputation. (Source)
So, what about also loading the following on whatever browser you choose?
Ok, that info aside (all biased anyways), which browser makes you feel safest? And, what do you think of IE being touted as the most secure in K-12 settings?
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