Web browsing can provide a wealth of information and access to the world’s information, but it also opens up doors to malicious attackers. Attackers are able to target browsers in order to spy on data sent through it (such as when people type in 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 designed from the ground up to protect against these attacks, while still offering a user experience that is as good as what they expect. A browser that is secure will have a green lock on the URL bar and display warnings if you browse on sites which don’t have HTTPS.
In addition to the security features browsers offer it is essential to look for a browser that allows users to install vetted plug-ins and extensions. Not only can these applications from third parties be a source of malware, but they could also slow down a browser or introduce other issues to a system.
A secure browser should also offer speedy performance without sacrificing performance. Ideally, the top browsers are easy to use and do not slow down. This is essential for businesses which require their employees to be mobile and work from home or other remote locations. It is also essential for students who have to be able to study wherever they have internet access.