New research claims that Microsoft Edge browser offers the best protection against phishing attacks.
Leading cyber security firm NSS Labs this week released two reports that tested three of the most popular web browsers Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge to see how much protection they offered against phishing attacks.
Phishing attacks are among the most common scams used by cyber criminals and designed to trick users into handing over important personal information such as online passwords or credit card details.
Typically a victim is sent a fake email which appears to be from a reputable online entity or even a personal contact which asks them to click on a link that directs them to a website controlled by the criminals where they are asked to enter their account details.
As part of its research NSS Labs analysed 36,120 test cases over 23 days between August and September 2017.
The tests focused on “block rates, consistency of protection, and early protection against new threats,” the researchers said.
Microsoft Edge was found to have a blocked 92.3 percent of phishing URLs, compared to 74.5 percent blocked by Chrome and 61.1 percent blocked by Firefox.
“To protect against malware, leading browser vendors provide cloud-based reputation services, which scour the Internet for malicious websites and then categorize content accordingly, either by adding it to blacklists or whitelists, or by assigning it a score,” NSS LAbs said.
“A web browser requests reputation information about a specific URL, and if results indicate that the website is ‘bad’, the browser redirects the user to a warning message explaining that the URL is malicious. If a website is determined to be ‘good’, the browser takes no action and the user remains unaware that a security check was just performed.”
The research also found that Edge offered better protection from ‘zero hour’ phishing scams than both Chrome and Firefox.
Of the ‘zero hour’ threats, Edge blocked 81.8 percent of attacks, while Chrome and Firefox blocked 58.6 percent and 50.7 percent respectively.
“Web browsers are the primary interface used to consume information and are among the most common entry point for attackers,” said chief technology officer Jason Brvenik.
Edge is the default web browser of Windows 10.
Last week Microsoft revealed it is making the Edge browser available on both iOS and Android.