safe-internet-browserInternet Browser market is heating up like never before. With the recent reports that Internet Explorer has reduced its market share to less than two-third from about 90% a few years back, there seems to be no end in the race of supremacy. There is a race among the browsers to make them feature-rich with cool appearance to attract more and more users.

Importance of using a Safe Internet Browser

But, in this race, often people overlook the importance of using the safest web browser. Some people doesn’t know its importance, some just overlook it, and some are not aware, which Internet Browser provides them best security and safety. A few studies show that as many as 50% of all malware are caused and spread because of the web browser vulnerabilities.

There has been lot of hype around Firefox being the Safest Web Browser, and many web-savvy users follow this hype. Most of this is based upon the backing given by Google to Firefox through its referral program, where every successful installation of Firefox used to fetch $1 to the person who recommended it to the user.

But those days are gone and Google had discontinued that program last year, when it launched its own Internet Browser Google Chrome.

So, which is the safest Internet Browser

NSS Labs, a trusted adviser to the information security and compliance community, has recently conducted a scientific study to compare the safety features of all the popular internet browsers. This report is based upon empirically validated evidence gathered by NSS Labs during 12 days of 24×7 testing.

154,702 unique results were collected from 141 discrete tests conducted without interruption over 282 hours (every 2 hours for 12 days). From a collection of over 60,000 URLs, 5,149 distinct URLs were selected for inclusion in this test. Of those, 1,779 were available at the time of entry into the test and were successfully accessed by the browsers in at least one run.

The Results – The Safest Internet Browser

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (RC1) was the standout achieving a best-in-class 69% catch rate against Malware.
  • Mozilla Firefox was a distant second to IE8 with a catch rate of 30%.
  • Apple Safari achieved a respectable 24% catch rate
  • Google Chrome’s protection exhibited an average catch rate to 16%.
  • With a catch rate of 5%, Opera, provided virtually no protection against Malware.
  • And the performance of IE7 was a dismal 4% catch rate.

You can see the complete report here (pdf file).