Most Trusted vs. Most Secure

by [Published on 20 Oct. 2013 / Last Updated on 20 Oct. 2013]

In an interesting look at some recent polls and studies, it appears there's a big disconnect between the web browser that's trusted by the most people and the one(s) that are really the most secure.

In doing research for a recent article, I ran across some interesting finds. A poll done by NakedSecurity (Sophos) showed that Mozilla Firefox is the most trusted web browser, by far, among the site's readers (who presumably know something about security):

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/09/23/firefox-burns-chrome-in-our-trustworthy-browser-poll/ 

However, a recent study from NSS labs, a reputable security research company, indicates that trust is misplaced. Their testing showed that Internet Explorer 10 and Chrome were far superior to their major browser rivals (Firefox, Safari and Opera):

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/06/24/nss-testing-finds-microsoft-internet-explorer-an-2.aspx 

I'll be delving more deeply into the security mechanisms in each of the popular browsers and how they stack up against one another in an upcoming series of articles titled Web Browser Security, Revisited. Look for Part 1 here on Windowsecurity.com soon.

 

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