New security report pegs Microsoft Edge as the safest browser against phishing attacks

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Ever since Microsoft Edge was released, the browser has been battling out with the other browsers including Chrome and Firefox. The Edge browser initially faced a lot of criticism for lack of features but the recent builds have improved greatly.

Yes, the extension collections on the Edge browser is not really exhaustive and this is one aspect that might make you abandon the browser.

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All said and done the Edge browser has often been lauded for its security features. Cyber security consultancy firm NSS Labs has published a Security Comparative Reports on the web browsers and the report has pitted the browsers against each other to test their resistance against a phishing attack.

A phishing attack is when a hacker attempts to take hold of sensitive information like bank credentials, usernames and other data for personal or monetary gains.

Usually, the attacker wears the guise of a trustworthy entity or will employ social engineering tactics. Phishing has been one of the most infamous methods of obtaining information and as per Microsoft, the annual impact of phishing is pegged at US$5 billion.

 

As per the report, Microsoft Edge is better than Chrome or Firefox when it comes to the phishing attack. The report has studied in 36,120 different instances wherein 1,136 suspicious URL’s were opened in a span of 23 years.

Microsoft Edge successfully blocked 92.3% of the phishing attacks while Chrome and Firefox managed to block 74.6% and 61.1% respectively.

Zero-day threats are released even before the security patch is released. Even in the zero-hour protection test, the Edge Browser could ward off 81.8% of the attacks as opposed to the 58.6% for Chrome and 50.7% for the Firefox. Microsoft Edge also has a better reaction time when it comes to warding off the attacks.

The Microsoft Edge browser has come a long way and even as we speak the browser is being updated for the new feature. I have used personally used the Edge browser and apart from being fast, it has also helped me save on my laptop battery.

Do you use Microsoft Edge as your primary browser? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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