There will be no specific ranking classification as every browser differs in features. The browsers will be ordered purely by market share, starting with the browser that has the biggest market share, going with browsers that have fewer shares than the previously stated one, reaching the bottom with the one with the least shares.
Google as a company is making a lot of improvements in order to provide a better future for its users, security-wise. A viable example of this is the fact that now Gmail blocks .JS attachments and several other ones. Those attachments allow for numerous exploits on a computer system and the decision from the company is certainly puts things in the right perspective in terms of security.
Considering that Google always keeps their products secure and up to date and has enough capital to do so, it is not surprising that Google Chrome has the largest market share out of all other browsers both in the US and on a global scale. Chrome takes 58.53% of the World’s market share and. The sandboxing functions and privilege restrictions, among its fast 15-day update period all contribute to a great foundation for security. With a few minor tweaks to the privacy settings and the diversity of add-ons you can further increase the security level of the browser.
Microsoft has been pushing their Windows 10 operating service hard since it came out. The company keeps advertising it as the safest and most secure system among other Windows versions, while also stating how Edge is faster and more secure than Internet Explorer.
As the support for Internet Explorer has been cut off in January of last year, for each of its versions except the 11th one, there is no wonder that the browser suffered an exceptionally high decrease in its user base. Interestingly enough, the browser is keeping second place in the World with its market share of 19.17%, albeit the huge drop.
The update schedule of Internet Explorer has certainly not improved, as updates being exactly on a 30 day basis are a thing of the past. The updates are fewer than ever and can come bundled with adverts for the newer OS of Microsoft. You can add extensions to a blacklist for sites that are known to be malicious or others, to add another layer of security.
The international market share for Microsoft Edge shows an increase since the last few months and now stands at 5.55%. That is only natural as the company wanted to make that happen. Microsoft’s focus on updates has shifted from Internet Explorer to Edge. Although the updates are still inconsistent, there can be up to three updates per month. In August of last year, the official stable release for the browser included extension support.
Extensions are now available via the Windows store, and for instance, an ad-blocker can be added to enhance the security level of the Edge browser. InPrivate browsing mode is fully functional and promises that no information of your browsing sessions to be saved on your computer.
Mozilla Firefox has changed for the better in the past year. With a market share of 11.68% the browser wins the bronze spot in the ladder. The update schedule is shared on the blog of the browser. Around two months can pass between major version releases, but a more frequent update scheme is being kept for minor updates of one version. In that way, there can be a new update in just a few days. The browser has an in-built security protocol for checking websites for forgery and phishing. All test versions of Firefox are ahead of it, and if you want “nightly” updates as they come out, you should get the Nightly build.
Mozilla Firefox’s Private browsing mode includes tracking protection. You can put various add-ons on the browser as it doesn’t have in-built ones, but there are plenty to choose from, to suit all your privacy needs, including ad-blockers and the like. Firefox is preferred by many people, due to its high accessibility and diversity.
Safari, the favorite browser of many Mac users, is at 3.45% of the global market share, which is not a surprise, considering that Apple discontinued Safari for the Windows operating system, which is the predominant OS. Also, most people seem to prefer to use other browsers. The standard update period for Safari is 54 days. A lot less vulnerabilities are found in this browser compared to other popular ones, thus the update time makes sense.
Apple, being a strong supporter for privacy and security, has added extensions like 1Password and DuckDuckGo to the latest edition of Safari. The browser continues to have a private browsing mode, protection from harmful sites including sandboxing, and third-party cookie blocking as before
The Opera browser is with a 1.22% market share, and although not widely used, it makes for a very highly customizable security browser application. A free built-in VPN will make your browsing experience safer. The extensions gallery is more diverse than ever, while offering HTTPS Everywhere, Disconnect, Avira Browser Safety and a multitude of AdBlockers, including one for Facebook.
Updates come every 48 days as before, but this browser is not the target of many attacks, so that is a good balance. Opera now offers fraud and malware protection and even blocks insecure content like scripts and plug-ins, even if they are run on a trusted web page. All of the above make great points to consider Opera as a secure browsing solution.