Best Browsers for Security and Malware Prevention : Comparisons

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  1. EscapeVelocity

    EscapeVelocity Registered Member

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    Best Browsers for Security, Privacy, & Malware Prevention : Comparisons

    Have your say. Relate your comparisons of features and experiences.


    IE8

    Mozilla
    SeaMonkey
    K-Meleon
    Camino
    Netscape
    Firefox
    Flock
    Xerobank
    Epiphany
    Konquerer
    Safari
    ICab

    Opera
    Opera Mini
    OperaTor

    Chromium
    Chrome
    SRWare Iron

    Comodo Dragon
     
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  2. EscapeVelocity

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    Test

    http://nsslabs.com/browser-security ~ Direct Link to PDF Removed - Replaced with Source Page ~

     
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  3. doktornotor

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    Q1/2009? Google Chrome 1.0.154? Hmmm, being @5.0.xxx ATM, I guess this test needs a serious refresh.
     
  4. DraghoneoxpaR

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    IE 8 SmartScreen Filter feature is really successful :thumb:

    Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter Vs. Malware video by mrizos.
    Code:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O94v1MdMcxk
     
  5. whitedragon551

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    Any of them in Sandboxie is almost flawless and it comes down to preference at that point.
     
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    If I download anything it is usually in Firefox, not only does its download manager initiate an automatic virus scan, I have NoScript, ABP, WOT & Site Advisor. That with SpywareBlaster gives me some protection.
     
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    Ditto that. Any browser sandboxed is very secure.
     
  9. Reimer

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    lets not forget that it doesn't matter how secure the browser itself is when your plugins like flash and java are not
     
  10. EscapeVelocity

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    I dont think that test I posted had common Firefox security and privacy Plugins active.
     
  11. EscapeVelocity

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    It says that SmartScreen works with Windows Defender and Windows Live One Care along with MicroSoftware Malware Removal Tool.

    So it looks like its browser integration of these security tools.

    AFAIK, Windows Live One Care has been ditched. Windows Defender may not be existant on Vista or 7....but regardless is a seperate tool, and has to be downloaded and added to XP.

    So its not really Explorer that is doing the work, but rather other MS security products.
     
  12. southcat

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    Hello. Also worth to consider Comodo Dragon browser, it is light and secure.
     
  13. whitedragon551

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    LiveOne Car was ditched, its now MSE. Windows Defender is integrated into Vista and Win7, but needs to be downloaded on XP.
     
  14. funkydude

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    As tests have shown, with ASLR, DEP, Protected Mode & Smartscreen, IE8 is by far the best at keeping the user safe from online threats.

    Hopefully IE9 continues this trend and actually becomes a browser some of us could consider actually using, as IE8 isn't on my table :D
     
  15. Kees1958

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    IE8
    To be honest the IE8 smart screen filter is great. IE8 was also the first to protect against cross site scripting. When it runs with lowest rights in Vista or Win7 (with DEP ADSLR and SEHOP etc). I do not understand why IE8 does not has the option enabled

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1603831&postcount=10 or does not have a safety switch which implements https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1603237&postcount=1

    The first is an important precaution against clickjacking (scripts) / hidden windows, the second against drive by downloads.

    Chrome
    I personally think Chrome is the safest browser, reasons
    - internal sandbox
    - option to run plug-ins sandboxed (--safer-plugins)
    - Javascript is assembled into machine code with hidden classes instead of shared dictionaries, assembled code is allways more restricted than interpretated commands (and it is a lot faster).

    To match up against IE8's smartscreen you need to add the extentions Wot and SiteAdvisor.

    Have a look at the newest chomium builds, besides cookie, pictures, plug-ins, pop-ups and javascript, you can also specify to deny IP localisation tracking (so when a website tries to figure out where your IP is from).

    Unless the other browser redefine their architecture, chrome will only create more distance between itself and others

    regards kees
     
  16. arran

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    so many threads in these forums about what is the safest browser.

    there is no 100 percent browser. The safest browser is a browser which is run
    in a sanbox ie sandboxie. there is no need to restrict yourself to a certain browser if you want to use another browser when we have sandbox and hips programs.

    that said firefox does have a lot of security and privacy add on's like in my sig.
     
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    IE8 and Chrome for me.

    Google is me. I am Google :D
     
  19. luciddream

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    I'd say IE8 is more secure than Firefox out of the box. Tweak it to auto-start in private browsing mode and in private filtering, combined with the smart screen filter and it's a nice browser. Once you customize FF with addons though it becomes very safe and functional. I've been using it for so long I'm just comfortable with it now, but I'd feel perfectly safe with IE... they've come a long way.
     
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    A vs B vs C vs D? :rolleyes:
     
  21. wat0114

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    +1 My kids' browsers are forced sandboxie and no issues, no complaints.
     
  22. Martijn2

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    Haha, browsers fulfilling a anti-virus role? Ridiculous :rolleyes: It should concentrate on countering exploits/drive-by downloads, not on scanning downloads or blocking websites.
     
  23. funkydude

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    You laugh but IE8 does a BETTER job than some AV's..... what's that? Yup, it's free, and it doesn't have the overhead.
     
  24. whitedragon551

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    Any browser + sandboxie is better than any AV.
     
  25. funkydude

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    That's going to come in real handy next time you plug that flash drive into your USB slot, or you get a worm from across your network.
     
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