Web browsing is an excellent way to gain access to information and know-how from around the globe, but it can also be an open door for malicious attackers. Attackers use the browser to monitor data that is transmitted through it (such as when users type in personal information in forms) or exploit flaws in the browser itself to gain access to the device it’s running on, the files that are stored on the device, and the information stored in its memory.
A secure browser is one that has been built from scratch to prevent these attacks, and still provide the user a experience as good as what they expect. To ensure that the browser is secure, it should have a green padlock on its URL bar, and display warnings whenever you visit websites that don’t use HTTPS.
It is important to select a browser that has security features as well as one that allows users to use add-ons or plug-ins that have been vetted. These third-party applications can be an infection source and can slow down the browser. They can also introduce other points of failure into a system.
Additionally, a safe browser should offer fast performance without sacrificing the functionality. The most reliable browsers should be user-friendly and not slow. This is crucial for companies that require their employees to work from home or other remote locations, as well students who need the ability to study any location with an internet connection.