AUSTIN, Texas, July 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – CyberRatings.org, the non-profit entity dedicated to transparency on the effectiveness of cybersecurity products, has released the results of its 2021 web browser security test. Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox have been tested for protection against phishing and malware.
The phishing and malware tests were run for 20 days, four times a day, for a total of 80 separate tests. The reports include measures of protection against new attacks, consistency of protection over time, and overall browser protection effectiveness.
Key points to remember:
- Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium, the same code base as Google Chrome. Where they differ are features like Anti-Malware and Anti-Phishing Reputation Systems.
- Malware: At 97.4%, Microsoft Edge offered users more protection than Google Chrome (86.3%) and Mozilla Firefox (81.8%).
- Phishing: At 92.3%, Microsoft Edge offered users better protection than Google Chrome (84.6%) and Mozilla Firefox (83.2%).
- The results were consistent throughout the test, with no downtime.
- Web browser protection is free and consumers should take advantage of it.
The ability to warn potential victims that they are about to wander off a malicious website puts web browsers in a unique position to fight malware. Websites that trick (socially designed) users into downloading malware have a short lifespan, so it is essential that the site is discovered and added to the reputation system as quickly as possible. A good reputation system needs to be both accurate and fast to achieve high capture rates.
Phishing attacks pose a significant risk to individuals and organizations by threatening to compromise or acquire sensitive personal and corporate information. Emails, instant messages, text messages and links (URLs) on social networking sites are all vectors of phishing attacks. A browser’s ability to block malicious URLs was measured every six hours to determine how long it would take a provider to add protection.
“Threat actors are changing tactics and focusing more and more on ransomware. Ransomware almost always starts with phishing / social engineering. Phishing has doubled in 2020 and so far it has increased year to year, “said Vikram phatak, CEO of CyberRatings.org. “Now more than ever, consumers should not ignore the warnings offered by their web browsers.”
Comparative test reports provide detailed results, including block rates for each product and the consistency of protection data logging over time. As a service to the community, CyberRatings.org provides these reports free of charge.
The following browsers have been tested:
- 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
CyberRatings.org is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit entity dedicated to quantifying cyber risks and providing transparency on the effectiveness of cybersecurity products through testing and evaluation programs. To become a member, visitwww.cyberratings.org
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