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Is Google Chrome the Only Safe Browser?

Chrome vs. Firefox: the browser safety battle

In the world of browsers, Google Chrome and Firefox are the two most commonly used options. Whether you know it or not, absolutely everything that we do online is tracked in some way. We’re often so caught up in getting to our chosen site in the quickest way possible that we don’t consider the data that’s being collected from us (and how it’s being used) as we do. This makes a regular IT audit of our IT habits must in order to improve our security online.

It has been estimated that there are around 160 000 data breaches every hour of the day. This flags an increased importance for people to be more aware of their private information while they surf the Internet. With this in mind, we’re asking: which browser is the safest in terms of data security? With Chrome and Firefox being the two most popular, we’re comparing them with a mini browser IT audit below.

Pros and cons of Chrome

Google have approached data safety in an impressive and viable way. Firstly, they compromise web rankings for sites that have not yet moved over to HTTPS. In addition, for sites that need credit card and password authentication, Chrome now names HTTP sites as non-secure so that the public are aware of their vulnerabilities.

Google have also built in Safe Browsing, which alerts both webmasters and users if the site they’re on has been suspected of phishing or malware. This default setting can be turned off if you wish.

Looking at the Chrome cons, there is a loophole in data collection – although there’s an incognito mode that allows you to limit the storage of data generated by your internet use, this does not prevent sites you visit from collecting the data in the first place.

The choice is yours

With both Chrome and Firefox having beefed up data protection protocols, there really is no telling which one is better than the other. It all comes down to personal preference and which option best suits your needs.

At Conosco, we’re specialists in IT and data security. To find out how you can improve yours, please get in touch with us today.