Best Browsers for Security and Malware Prevention : Comparisons

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by EscapeVelocity, Apr 22, 2010.

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  1. doktornotor

    doktornotor Registered Member

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    Not really sure what you are referring to here, but font settings are available in v5.
     

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  2. Konata Izumi

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    Agreed.

    IE8 is very much underrated no?
    To Answer the topic "Best Browsers for Security and Malware Prevention"

    my answer is Internet Explorer 8 but it is slow, that's why I'm using Chrome.

    I won't back up my opinion though.. ^^
     
  3. waters

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    Yes try and increase the 13.Some webpages are too small text,search google chrome help for all the complaints
     
  4. doktornotor

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    Well, dunno what are you referring to here. It works just fine here when I change the font size.
     
  5. waters

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    Well other browsers let you set the minimum font size and Chrome still does not.
    There is an extension, auto zoom that now has over 13,000 users.it was hoped that in time the issue would be fixed ,but its still needed after all this time.
     
  6. ZenPirate

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    Safari uses the Apple created WebKit engine, that Google adopted for Chrome :) (WebKit is derived from KHTML)
     
  7. smage

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    Hello,

    Has anyone of you tried Comodo Dragon?
    Is it a secure browser?

    It's a new browser from Comodo based on Chrome but it supposedly does not have the privacy issues.

    Me I'm very happy with my Firefox.

    Thanks
     
  8. Luxeon

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    Great topic!
    This is my (probably limited) understanding:

    1. I mostly use Firefox and like it a lot. But, in order to get the most security, you have to add things (such as Noscript) which can decrease usability. I tried Noscript and found it annoying. I love the idea of all of the extensions for FF, but I also like the idea of a simple "plug & play" browser. I guess I'm lazy! Interesting that it now has XSS protection--I didn't know that. Thanks, Kees.

    2. IE8 seems pretty darn decent. It runs surprisingly fast for me (faster than Firefox, and I have no extensions), and the added security is a real bonus (sandboxing, etc). I find some of the security (and other) settings a bit confusing. I guess I have ADHD.

    3. Chrome intrigues me. It sounds pretty secure, but the privacy issue is slightly concerning...yet, it appears that issue may have been resolved. Also, I thought I read here at Wilder's that the sandbox wasn't a true sandbox, but something lesser? I guess I am just confused.

    I'm bummed that Sandboxie (or something similar) is still not entirely worked out with Vista x64. It was a fairly simple security solution, and I like simplicity. I really don't want to babysit my computer and its programs because I have much more important things to do in my life. So I tend to choose simpler setups which require less tinkering. This isn't easy, because it is difficult to find software which focuses on ease-of-use--you often need to try them out (and tinker with the often dazzling array of settings), which is time-consuming, and I have little spare time.

    So, I lurk at Wilder's when I get the chance, looking for reviews and simple solutions. You guys make me paranoid. It is like when you take your first microbiology class: you come out of it feeling like every bug known to mankind is lurking in the shadows...
    But I keep coming back. I like horror movies too.

    So, um, yeah. I think I will give Chrome a try. :D
     
  9. dw426

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    If you aren't paranoid after coming to Wilders for a while, you're either not reading enough or you're a vet member :D

    Regarding Chrome, I myself worry more about uninstalling it than the privacy issue. The updating services hold on for dear life to your system even after you THINK you got rid of Chrome. Two registry clearings and manual folder deletions later, I still ran across leftovers hiding here and there. In regards to privacy, you have some alternative choices such as SR Iron, Chromium and ChromePlus, all of which are still Chrome basically, but with some of the privacy risk reduced.

    I'm with you in wanting simplicity, which, like you, is why I had chosen Sandboxie for the longest time, and still use it. However, I've reached a point where I'm not so interested in having to configure Sandboxie to where it is locked down, nor do I really want to keep having to worry about bookmarks, updates, and all those workarounds.

    I find NoScript invaluable myself, and I'm pretty used to dealing with it. To me, it is far easier to deal with than a fully hardened Sandboxie ever will be. With Noscript, you usually have to allow a single script in order for websites to fully function, in some cases two, extremely rarely three. Any other scripts are almost always trackers, ad servers, and the occasional malicious server. Here's the problem though, when combined with Sandboxie, there is no allowing a script one time and one time only, you always have to re-enable scripts every time due to Sandboxie wiping out changes.

    That isn't Sandboxies' fault, it's doing its job. But, it can be a hassle for some. As far as IE8, it's never going to get any half decent recognition from anyone besides those who actually know what they are talking about. IE's reputation will probably never fully recover due to people not letting go of what was, and accepting what is. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Active-X needs to be completely abandoned, and the browser should be further separated from the OS. But, IE8 is a FAR, FAR cry from the insecure mess that was IE6 and below (though to be honest, any version below IE6 lived in a time where we didn't have to worry so much about the issues we do today).
     
  10. ratwing

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    Well,Sure they are secure!!! They are all about "Building Trust On Line"!!
    As solid as a Comodo cert!!


    Ultimately,whitedragon551 nailed it in post # 5.
     
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  11. EscapeVelocity

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    My sarcasm meter is pinging.
     
  12. AvinashR

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    I am pretty much happy with Mozilla Firefox..So far its serving good. So i feel that there is no need to change it with X browser. Firefox running under Sandbox is far more secure then anything else. No need to worry about it. As far as Chrome is concerned, i still worry about uninstalling issues.

    There should be Uninstalling tool for Chrome too !!:D
     
  13. jmonge

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    i use my old IE6 with a regtweak;) to deny/restrict file downloads;) within the browser
     
  14. arran

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    Guys I did mention before that one of the reasons why I don't like chrome is because of privacy issues.

    I have just tried Chrome Plus for the first time and I have noticed that it is always making out bound connections to Googles IP addresses when ever I load a web page.

    Am I surprised?

    No.
     
  15. Kees1958

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    Me neither, try switching of DNS prefetching in chrome and test again :D
     
  16. arran

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    It still connects to google's servers.
     
  17. doktornotor

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    Yeah, obviously. Since you need to turn off the antiphishing/antimalware thing as well which uses Google Safebrowsing database. After that, you'll still have the Google Updater thing.

    So, once again - this debate is completely pointless. If you dislike the "spyware" features in Chrome, then grab one of the derivatives such as SRWare Iron. (And don't forget to turn off the above as well there, it uses the same thing).
     
  18. CJsDad

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    Thanks Kees!
     
  21. arran

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    I have disabled all of that and it still phones home.


    Its not pointless, it is a valid issue. Google has a bad reputation when it comes to privacy.

    So you agree that Chrome has spyware features. I know about Chrome and its spyware features, But this time I decided to try Chrome Plus because so many people here are Raving on about it. and SRWare Iron is a different story.
     
  22. Kees1958

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    Here it was http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/3861206/Whats-Next-for-Firefox-Electrolysis.htm

    Dev's from Mozilla are learning (I Hope), as said it took awhile before they could follow IE8 with cross site scripting available in 3.6, may be they will implement some form of sandboxing in februari 201?
     
  23. estervantes

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    Hi Kees1958

    Can you tell me how to configure Chrome so that I can deny IP localization tracking?

    I have looked and the means by which this can be achieved have evaded my scrutiny...
     
  24. arran

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    Kees1958 can you elaborate on this IP localisation tracking, because once a websites logs gets your IP address there is nothing preventing them from getting your location.
     
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