Web browsing provides a plethora of information and access to the world’s knowledge however, it also opens up doors to malicious attackers. Attackers attack the browser in order to monitor data that is transmitted through it (such as when users enter personal information in forms) or exploit flaws in the browser itself to gain access to the device it’s running on, the files stored on the device, and the information stored in its memory.
A secure browser is one that has been designed from scratch to prevent attacks while still offering the user a experience at par with what they are used to. A browser that is secure will display an orange lock in the URL bar, and will display warnings if you go to sites which don’t have HTTPS.
In addition to the security features browsers provide it is important to search for a web browser that allows users to install vetted add-ons and plug-ins. Not only could these third-party applications be a potential source of malware, but they could also slow down a browser and introduce other vulnerabilities to a system.
A secure browser should also provide a speedy performance without sacrificing features. Ideally, the top browsers are user-friendly and do not lag. This is especially important for organizations that need their employees to be able to work from home and other remote locations, and for students who must have the ability to work from anywhere with an internet connection.