In a report from NSS Labs, the research company found that Microsoft Edge, the latest browser from the Redmond company, is more secure against phishing and malware than both Google Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. The set of reports, which can be downloaded here, tested three current versions of each browser over the months of September and October to get the results which will likely come as a surprise to some. The versions tested for the reports were:
- Google Chrome 53.0.2785
- Mozilla Firefox 48.0.2
- Microsoft Edge 38.14393.0.0
The first report focused on phishing where Edge achieved a 91.4% over the course of 12 days of testing at the NSS Labs in Austin, Texas in recognizing phishing URLs presented to it. Chrome was at 82.4% while Firefox came in at 81.4%. This is an important consideration in choosing a browser given the social engineering nature of phishing attacks which can lead to compromised accounts for users.