- Banking or other financial related tasks happen to be one of the most important things that we perform online.
- However, no matter how daunting it might seem, there sure are browsers with enough security features and privacy tools built in to ensure you carry on with your banking tasks with complete peace of mind.
Banking or other financial related tasks happen to be one of the most important things that we perform online. That sure highlights the importance of having secure browsers that can detect or thwart phishing or other such attacks which can undermine your online security and privacy.
However, no matter how daunting it might seem, there sure are browsers with enough security features and privacy tools built in to ensure you carry on with your banking tasks with complete peace of mind.
Here is a list of five such browsers that are among the safest out there.
The Opera browser has come a long way since its inception back in 1995. The browser has seen a lot of its code being borrowed from the Google open source project, Chromium making it secure than ever.
One of the best security features of the Opera browser happens to be the VPN that comes integrated into the browser itself.
The feature provides for a layer of security by encrypting your Internet connection, thereby making your browsing session off bounds of others right away.
Further adding to its security credentials are a host of features such as fraud and malware protection which is integrated into the browser.
It can also detect and block those scripts or add-ons which it considers unsafe for the user, making it quite a secure browser for you to carry on with your banking transactions.
Opera also maintains a blacklist of phishing and malware sites and will warn you if the website you have requested is part of that list. It will then be upon you to decide whether to load the site or stay clear of it. Not to mention, updates are quite frequent too, usually after every month.
UR Browser is one of the rare browsers that focuses extensively on user security and privacy. The browser comes with its own integrated virus scanner which will warn you if you face any threat from malicious code.
The browser automatically scans all your downloads, but it will also warn you if you access a malicious or insecure website.
Another way the browser enforces top-notch security is by doubling the RSA key size for SSL Certificates, while also warning you if you attempt to visit a non-HTTPS site. This way, you can be rest assured knowing that your banking information is always safe.
The browser also has various anti-tracking features built-in which will prevent even third-party cookies or hidden trackers from collecting information about you. And if you’re in need of extra layer of security, there’s also a built-in VPN.
Of course, various customization features and extensions are available, so you won’t miss out on any exciting and advanced features typical of most browsers.
We also have to mention the Ninja Mode which refers to private browsing mode. Needless to say, the UR Browser has adequately covered on that front as well, or more than what other browsers usually do.
This is achieved by erasing all of your traces when you close Ninja tabs, leaving no trace of whatever you have been up to.
UR Browser might be based on Google’s open-source project, Chromium which comes integrated with trackers. However, developers behind UR have nullified such trackers to ensure complete privacy and security while you are online.
In fact, with all the advanced security features and a heavy focus on user privacy, UR Browser is one of the best browsers for your banking needs.Editor's recommendation
The Chrome browser is at the forefront when it comes to user privacy and security. Regarding privacy, Google Chrome uses Web Authentication API wherein you can use security keys as a verification tool for enhanced security.
The browser is also among the most capable at correctly identifying harmful elements such as ransomware, Trojans, and viruses, and will warn you if any of these attempts to infiltrate your system.
Another reason Chrome is considered among the best for conducting banking operations is that it can detect phishing attacks fairly accurately.
Google relies on two blacklists, one each for phishing and malware that will warn you if the site you are trying to visit is potentially harmful.
Then there also is the Trusted Platform Modules that serves as a means of verification of the sites. The browser also scans downloads to ensure nothing untoward gets in that way.
Chrome is also among the most frequently updated as well, with the update getting installed automatically behind the scenes.
What that means is the browser is always ready to deal with all present as well as emerging threats effectively. In fact, Google encourages hackers to continue finding loopholes with the browser so that they can make it even more secure.
Developed by Mozilla, the Firefox browser is another one that is at the forefront when it comes to offering adequate protection to your online banking transactions.
Its most recent version, the Quantum is already being hyped to be the most secure and privacy-oriented version of Firefox ever.
One reason – among many – Firefox is considered among the safest is that it restricts scripts on one site from accessing info from another site. It also uses SSL/TLS to ensure web server communications via the HTTPS protocol are thoroughly secured.
Another inherent positive with the Firefox is that it supports HTTPS Everywhere add-on which makes HTTPS mandatory irrespective of whether an HTTPS address is entered or otherwise.
The browser also gets updated quite frequently, which makes it capable of defending against all known and emerging threats. Bugs discovered as per the ‘bug bounty’ program that pays the hackers for discovering the loopholes are quickly patched as well.
Plus, the browser also comes with inherent malware and phishing protection features. The browser will also warn you if there is any attempt by any website to install a third-party plugin on the sly.
That is not all as the browser is also designed to protect against hidden ad trackers that secretly collects information about your browsing habits and poses a security threat as well.
The default Windows 10 browser has come a long way when it comes to protection and security since its launch. For one, it does away with support for legacy tech such as Toolbars, ActiveX controls, VBScript, JScript, VML and such which significantly reduces its vulnerabilities against hacking attempts.
It also comes with the Windows SmartScreen feature to prevent phishing and malware attacks.
More recently, it has adopted the Chromium project which Microsoft said will make the Edge better compatible with all websites, besides making it more secure as well.
Another way Edge enforces heightened security is by running in a sandbox, which means the browser processes are practically sealed and kept of bounds of the computer’s file system and other internal elements. Plus, Edge will also protect you from dangerous extensions that you might end up downloading.
That makes for the list of some of the most secure browsers to get along with your banking tasks. If you’re looking for a fast, secure and privacy-oriented browser for your banking needs, out top picks are definitely Opera and UR Browser.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.