Microsoft Edge Browser Blocks Phishing Malware Downloads

A recent test of web browsers by NSS Labs showed the Microsoft’s much maligned Edge browser beat Chrome and Firefox by wide margins in its ability to detect and block malicious downloads embedded in phishing landing pages and other malware infected web pages.  Edge version 38 blocked 96% of malware samples in the form of malicious links and pop-ups, compared with 88% for Chrome version 60 and 70% for Firefox version 55.  The results were even better for detecting and blocking unknown or “zero-day” exploits.

Edge and Internet Explorer use Microsoft’s SmartScreen to detect malware.  Google and Firefox use the Google Safe Browsing API.

Personally, I have not been a fan of Edge, and have been using Google Chrome as my preferred browser.  Based on this study, I will be switching to Edge. Of course, security is not the only criteria when choosing a browser, and how well I like the user interface and search capabilities will determine if I stick with Edge.   If you or your company are attempting to standardize on the best browser from a security standpoint, choosing Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer seems to be the best set.


About the Author:

Cybersecurity guru to business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area. Computer security and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. In 2013 I completed a course of study and certification exam to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). In 2016 I was certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of computer security, network security, and web site security. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. The views expressed on this Web site are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.

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