It seems lately that with all the options you have in web browsers, Google’s Chrome 5 seems to stand far above the rest. This is especially true when it comes to cruising the web securely. We will take a look at Google’s Chrome 5 browser and make some basic comparisons to other web browsers and their security. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.6, Apple’s Safari 5, and Opera 10.6 will be those browsers we will test with Google’s Chrome 5.
Comparing Browser Security of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Google’s Chrome 5
For those who may not know, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is currently the market leader in web browsers. Those familiar with the Internet Explorer browser interface know that it can be a cluttered page. The browser is setup with tabs to help the user navigate and organize their web searching. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been plagued in recent history as a browser with a reputation for bad security. However, this recent version of the browser has enhanced its security. IE 8 gives you a darker text color when you visit a legitimate website, lighter colors for possible fake pages or phishing sites. IE 8 has also added cross-site scripting to minimize the threats of cyber-attacks.
Comparing Browser Security of Firefox 3.6 and Google’s Chrome 5
Firefox 3.6 has updated their security to include automatic updates. In fact, whenever an update is installed Firefox looks to see if any of your plug-ins need updates as well. Most browsers will run these updates like Firefox except that it has been reported that only Firefox seems to find them correctly. Firefox also provides identity information in a box near the address bar to give you the option to find more details on a site before clicking.
Comparing Browser Security of Apple’s Safari 5 and Google’s Chrome 5
As a standard browser goes, Safari 5 handles most security like phishing pretty well. What sets it above the others is the reset function that handles cookies security. Most browsers are set to either enabling or disabling cookies for everything. On Safari 5, you can set cookies to enable or disable for the sites you visit even on the same page. This will also allow you to accept cookies from a site and not from their advertisers on that site.
Comparing Browser Security of Opera 10.6 and Google’s Chrome 5
Opera uses color-coding to inform you whether a site is encrypted or not and gives you a heads up if there is a problem. It will also inform you if it has been flagged as fraudulent. Opera 10.6 is much like Safari 5 in that you can enable or disable cookies from site to site.
Why Chrome 5 is a Better Security Browser
So, what is it that makes Google’s Chrome 5 a better browser when it comes to security? The main difference is that Chrome 5 takes a different approach to browsing sites. It has come up with a way to “sandbox” web pages that you visit. If a web site you visit is corrupt, hijacked, or a scam site, Chrome 5 will sandbox the site and prevent malware from attacking your computer and accessing your files. It segregates and keeps it from the rest of your system and therefore protects you from intrusion. This alone gives Google’s Chrome 5 the best marks when it comes to browser security.