Microsoft Edge scores high in blocking malware/phishing attacks

Microsoft's Windows 10 default browser, Edge has scored above Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox, in thwarting phishing and socially-engineered malware (SEM) attacks according to security analysts, NSS Labs.

The new anti-malware service built into Windows 10 afforded the Edge browser extra power to record a higher percentage of blockade against malware and phishing attacks in the test.

Microsoft Edge automatically blocked 92% of all in-browser credential phishing attempts and stymied 100% of all SEM attacks, according to the security researchers.

While the test included a wide range of attacks, the common characteristic of them all remains that they tried to trick users into downloading and installing malicious software.

The SEM attackers deployed links on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, and bogus in-browser notifications of computer infections or other problems, whereby Edge bested Chrome and Firefox by decisive margins in the test.

And Google's Chrome recorded 74% blockade of all phishing attacks, with 88% of SEM attacks, while, Firefox came in third in both tests, thwarting 61% of the phishing attacks and 70% of all SEM attacks.

The Microsoft browser also topped the list in blocking newly spotted malware, and successfully stopped nearly every attempt from the first moments a new attack was detected. Google's Chrome and Firefox, halted 75% and 54% of the new attacks, respectively.

Albeit, the NSS Labs are known to be favorable to Microsoft's services, with regards to past test records, as even the buggy Internet Explorer (IE) scored higher is all such past tests.

The results were obtained between August 23 and September 12, by continuous monitoring of Windows 10 personal computers running Edge, Chrome or Firefox.
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