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Microsoft Edge Is the Best Browser at Stopping Phishing

Dave Parrack 13-10-2017

Microsoft Edge isn’t the most popular browser in the world. No, Google Chrome wears that crown, and has for some time. And then there’s Firefox, which is upping its game with the new version codenamed Quantum You Can Now Try the New Firefox Quantum Beta Mozilla is almost ready to unleash its new vision for Firefox onto the world. Called Firefox Quantum, this is designed to see Firefox reborn as a serious challenger to Google Chrome. Read More . However, Edge beats both of them when it comes to stopping phishing attacks.


There are so many security threats online these days it’s hard to keep track of them all. One of the most underhanded methods used by hackers is phishing. Which is where an innocent internet user is tricked into revealing sensitive information How to Spot a Phishing Email Catching a phishing email is tough! Scammers pose as PayPal or Amazon, trying to steal your password and credit card information, are their deception is almost perfect. We show you how to spot the fraud. Read More in an email or on a dodgy website. Employing common sense can help battle phishing attacks, but so can choosing the right web browser…

Edge Beats Chrome At Something

According to new research from NSS Labs [Broken URL Removed] (via MSPoweruser), Microsoft Edge is the best browser at detecting and deflecting phishing attacks. The cybersecurity company conducted its research over the course of 23 days, testing 36,120 separate instances across 1,136 suspicious URLs in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

Microsoft Edge came top, blocking a whopping 92.3% of the dodgy URLs. Google Chrome came second, blocking 74.6%. And Firefox came in third, blocking 61.1%. It was the same result for zero-hour phishing threats too, with Edge blocking 81.8%, Chrome blocking 58.6%, and Firefox blocking 50.7%.

Jason Brvenik, NSS Labs’ Chief Technology Officer, said:

“Web browsers are the primary interface used to consume information and are among the most common entry point for attackers. Enterprises are increasingly adopting a bifurcated browser strategy to reduce exposure to emerging threats.”

“Our test findings provide valuable insights that empower informed decision making and help both enterprises and users minimize risk for a secure browser experience.”

Unlike a lot of security threats which are tackled by your operating system or security software, phishing attacks are more reliant on a mix of common sense and your browser’s ability to identify bogus URLs. NSS Labs actually noted that the OS didn’t affect its results in any significant way. Which is bad news for fans of locked-down operating systems such as Chrome OS or Windows 10 S 5 Reasons Chrome OS Is Better Than Windows 10 S Microsoft has launched a new operating system – Windows 10 S. But is it good enough to grab a share of Chromebooks' ever-increasing market share and propel it into homes and classrooms around the country? Read More .


Some Welcome News for Microsoft

Phishing attacks What Exactly Is Phishing & What Techniques Are Scammers Using? I’ve never been a fan of fishing, myself. This is mostly because of an early expedition where my cousin managed to catch two fish while I caught zip. Similar to real-life fishing, phishing scams aren’t... Read More are just one of the myriad of security threats we all face every day online, so you shouldn’t choose a browser based entirely on its ability to detect and protect you from phishing attacks. However, the results of this research will come as welcome news to Microsoft. Especially as Chrome is often lauded as being the most secure web browser available right now.

Do you primarily use Microsoft Edge as your browser of choice? If so, why? What do you like about it? If not, which browser do you use instead? Does this research change anything? Have you ever fallen for a phishing attack? Please let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Online Security, Phishing.

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  1. El Dorko
    March 16, 2018 at 8:40 am

    It's a perfect browser for those who have a life. Seriously. It's 2018 already and people still jerk about installing different browsers? How sad are you. The CONTENT of pages is what should be of interest, not what browser one uses.

  2. John Schmitt
    October 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I always thought IE and Edge's jobs were to just download Chrome?

    • Faisal
      October 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      It WAS the job of IE but Edge far kore better. The only problem is that a lot of extensions aren't there on Edge which is a problem for some people but I don't use extensions a lot and that makes Edge just the perfect browser for me.

  3. Eddie G
    October 16, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Yeah, no. There aren't enough "experts" in the entire Northern Hemisphere, that would be able to sway my opinion regarding Microsoft Edge. I wrk in the IT field, and have nothing BUT complaints from my end-users about Microsoft Edge, either hanging, closing unexpectedly, causing issues with other application. So nope....I don't care if MS Edge is able to surreptitiously cure whooping cough....that browser will NEVER find its way onto the one Windows 10 computer I have at home (for testing purposes only!) wchich I guess is a moot point since I use Linux, with Firefox.....Vivaldi....(an EXCELLENT Microsoft Edge REPLACEMENT) and Chromium (a Google Chrome clone!) For those who are stuck using that web browser? I can only suggest you install to keep you safe, and that you don't use ANY tools that are "bundled" with MS Edge!

  4. Appoline
    October 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    As an American who currently subscribes to both Acorn tv and britbox, I firmly believe that Acorn tv far exceeds britbox. The UI is much better on Acorn tv, as well as, the choice of shows which would appeal to an American audience, even if you have to watch by reading subtitles. Soon I will be cancelling my britbox subscription, and will have only Acorn tv. ? My suggestion to others would be to only subscribe to Acorn tv. Not only is it more superior in quality, but much more affordable. Lastly, I purchased a new TV and an Acorn tv subscription for my elderly parents, who have told me that they ABSOLUTELY love it.

  5. Doc
    October 15, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Saying Edge is the "safest browser" is like telling everyone to drive a Yugo. Nice idea...not happening.

  6. Rob
    October 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    A good browser can help you organize and reference your Internet search results, or at least help you recall what web site that was you saw a few days ago because you need to find it now.

    Edge hasn't had a history search feature since its release in July of 2015, over two years ago. What was that information you saw again? Good luck finding it. No, "viewing and deleting my browser history", is not enough, Microsoft, designer of poor UIs. (I care.)

    Searching for how to do this will lead you to a Q&A support forum on Superuser in which you're advised to upvote the issue on Answers -dot- Microsoft (created August 2015, Microsoft). You're also advised to use the Feedback Hub in WIndows 10 to help raise awareness of the issue. You're also advised, in a snarky way, to wait a couple of months to a year for them to finally get around to implementing this most basic and required feature.

    Well, it has been over two years of concerned users being nice and going through channels for what should have shipped on day one to begin with. It feels like the only way Edge users are going to get this feature now is if they take every opportunity to make a stink about it in public. (Some of us care, Microsoft, despite your sometimes clunky UI and bad marketing.)

    I can not recommend using Microsoft Edge at this time.

  7. Jack Smith
    October 14, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Edge is easily the MOST insecure browser there is on Windows. Pawned 2017 it was basically hacked at will. Penetrated over and over again and should be avoided.

  8. abg
    October 14, 2017 at 3:04 am

    I use MSEdge as primary. But sometime sucks, when opening the youtube or other webpages. Don't know, whether it is a hardware related or Edge issue. Because the same webpages open smoothly in Firefox.

  9. Ronnie Williams
    October 14, 2017 at 2:33 am

    And it should have a better auto fill.

  10. Ronnie Williams
    October 14, 2017 at 2:32 am

    If it only supported Chromecast!!! And had all the cool extensions

  11. Knut H
    October 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Try Vivaldi - better than both, fast as Chrome (almost same code) but here security is catered for. You can turn it on/off by browsing "privately" or "standard".