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Microsoft Edge named as most secure browser

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Microsoft's Edge browser has been named the fastest, and most secure, when it comes to spotting fraudulent websites. This flattering title was given to to Microsoft's dying browser by the Security Council of Certificate Authorities (CASC).

In its report (opens in new tab) (in which it also predicts security trends for 2019), Edge has a protection score of 93.6 per cent, edging over (pun oh so intended) Chrome (87.9 per cent) and Firefox (87 per cent).

When it came to spotting phishing sites, Edge was given a score of 98 per cent, blocking access to phishing sites within days. Chrome and Firefox managed to get a score of 96 per cent.

It was also said that Edge blocks 89 per cent of phishing sites immediately, 10 per cent higher than Chrome, and 12 per cent than Firefox.

"While browser filters such as Microsoft Smart Screen and Google Safe Browsing do a good job at detecting many phishing sites… most phishing sites are set up and taken down in a matter of hours, not days, this means many thousands of users are not meaningfully protected by browser filters," the report claims.

Phishing usually becomes more frequent and more dangerous (opens in new tab) during the holiday season. Hackers and fraudsters are aware that many people look to buy presents and go for a vacation during the winter, and try to abuse it.

According to recent reports, big tech companies are impersonated most frequently, so be vigilant if you receive an email from Facebook, Google or Apple.

Image source: Shutterstock/wk1003mike

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.