Web browsing offers a wealth of information and access to the world’s knowledge, but it also opens the door to malicious attackers. Attackers are able to target browsers in order to snoop the information that is transmitted through it (such as when users input personal data into forms) or exploit weaknesses in the browser to gain access to files, devices as well as data stored in memory.
A secure browser is one that has been built from scratch to prevent attacks but still delivering a user experience that is comparable to what they would expect. To ensure that a browser is secure, it should have a green padlock on its URL bar, and show warnings when visiting sites which do not support HTTPS.
In addition to the security features that browsers provide it is essential to look for a browser that allows users to install vetted plug-ins and extensions. Not only could these third-party applications could be a potential source for malware, but they also slow down a browser or introduce other issues to the system.
Finally, a secure browser should offer a fast performance without sacrificing functionality. The best browsers are easy to navigate and do not slow down. This is particularly important for organizations that need their employees to be able to work from home or other remote locations, as well students who require the ability to study any location with an internet connection.