Browser Security

Internet Explorer versus Google Chrome

You love browsing. Don’t you? There are 5 billion Google searches per day, but is browsing secure? If you check Internetstatslive.com, you will find that hundreds of websites have been hacked today.

Cybercriminals are always tracking websites and browsers with security gaps. As a result, you are never safe when browsing. Perhaps knowing the security features of your browser might come in handy when enhancing your online safety.

Today, let’s look at the security features of two commonly used browsers; Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

 

Browser Update Frequency

Browsers which auto-update less frequently give cybercriminals time to create and attack them with malware. Reliable browsers auto-update by default, with every updated version being more secure than the last.

Google chrome auto-updates every five hours while the Internet Explore11 updates its features monthly. Previous versions of the Internet Explorer lack the updates feature, which presents a security loophole that hackers might take advantage of. Ensure that you check if your browser is updated every time you want to use it. You can check update status of your browser by visiting whatismywebbrowser.

 

URL Protection against Malware

Malware may sometimes arise from pop-ups and it also exists in some websites or emails. Google Chrome prevents such attacks through a default setting. With the setup, users get notified of malware and risky sites when they are using the browser.

Moreover, Google Chrome users can enhance their browsing security by activating the safe browsing option. The option auto-blocks users from accessing risky websites, block malicious ads and downloads, and prevents users from accessing phishing sites.

Chrome users can also turn on the “Help Improve Safe Browsing” option under private security settings. The option allows sending of browsing and content information to Google. Google, in turn, uses the information to improve the detection of malware.

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, uses the SmartScreen filter. Just like in Google Chrome, the feature warns users of malicious and dangerous websites.

Internet Explorer safe mode is more system oriented that it is browser based. Meaning, the option runs automatically when the browser lags or slows due newly installed add-ons or software.

If there are no new applications installed, safe mode may be an indicator of malfunctioning registry or corruption in your system.

 

SandBoxing

With the increased cyberattacks, Google Chrome developed Sandboxing. Sandboxing has helped in limiting the impact of vulnerabilities by preventing the interaction of applications. As a result, even if attackers tampered with your browser, the sandbox will prevent the attackers from accessing your machine or system.

Users who open multiple tabs or websites are secure with Google sandboxing. Reason being, every single tab or page opened in chrome runs independently. On the event one page crashes due to malware or viruses, then it does not affect the whole system.

Internet Explorer runs on Enhanced protection mode, a less restrictive sandbox model. The model is weaker compared to Google chrome based sandboxing.

 

Security in Enterprise Environments

Modern browsers need to be compatible with applications that depend on older technologies to run. However, such technologies are risky due to less factoring of security features during their development. Meaning, users have to be extra cautious when using such systems.

Most of these old applications are compatible with internet explorer. To avoid any security implications, legacy browsing whitelists and limits their access. What makes internet explorer even more insecure, are the new features built into Edge by Microsoft. For support of legacy business applications, whitelisted applications in Edge, run down to IE11.

In Google Chrome, it is impossible to open the links without the Chrome Legacy Browser Support extension. Still, users have to add an Internet Explorer add on. Additionally, Google recently launched the Chrome enterprise Bundle. The bundle allows users to make a single installation of both chrome and the Chrome Legacy Browser support extension.

The Chrome enterprise bundle contains the general chrome OS features. Meaning, users benefit from automatic updates and multi-layered security. If you want additional security features or data virtualisation, then chrome is still reliable. With it, users can integrate VMware on Chromebooks. VMware offers advanced data protection and multi-layered security

 

Pop-Ups Blocker

Who invented pop-ups? Aren’t they the most destructive thing on the internet? Not everybody detests pop-ups. And, not all pop-ups are bad.

One of the bad things about pop-ups is that some are malicious and they contain malware. Unintended click of a pop-up can result in extreme harm to your system, or installation of Trojan horses that can pick your essential data.

Fortunately, both the internet explorer and Google Chrome have pop-up blockers. Although most marketers don’t like pop-up blockers, any user can easily activate pop-up blocking via security settings of the two browsers.

 

Which is the superior browser? Arguably, Google Chrome’s advanced sandboxing, and five-hour auto-update features make it a better browser. Again, since Microsoft unveiled Edge into the market, less effort has been put into improving Internet Explorer. If you need optimum internet security, you cannot rely on browser safety. Using a VPN can be a better way of protecting your system and data from hackers.