Cyber Ratings report: Microsoft Edge offers better malware and phishing protection

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 17, 2021
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Cyber Ratings ran a study in 2021 in which it tested the defensive capabilities of the web browsers Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The study observed malware and phishing protections of the browsers over the course of 20 days. Four tests were run each day, with fresh attacks being added and old ones removed throughout the 20 day period.

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Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox use Google Safe Browsing API to protect users against malware and phishing attacks. Microsoft Edge uses Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for protection.

The following browser versions were used for the test on a Windows 10 Pro version 21H1 system:

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  • Google Chrome: Version 90.0.4430.212 - 91.0.4472.19
  • Microsoft Edge: Version: 91.0.864.19 - 91.0.864.37
  • Mozilla Firefox: Version 88.0.1 - 88.0.1

Microsoft Edge offered better protection during the test period than the two other browsers. For malware attacks, Edge managed to block 97.4% of all attacks  and 97.7% zero-hour attack protection. Chrome blocked 86.3% of all attacks and Firefox 81.8% of all attacks according to the study.

Microsoft Edge offered the most protection, blocking 97.4% of malware while providing the highest zero-hour protection rate (97.7%). Google Chrome provided the second-highest protection, blocking an average of 86.3%, followed by Mozilla Firefox at 81.8%.

Company researchers analyzed the blocking behavior over time. Microsoft Edge's capabilities did not change much over time, but it protected against 97.7% of all attacks from the first hour attacks began. After seven days, Edge managed to block 97.9% of all attacks.

Google Chrome and Firefox blocked 86.4% and 82.8% of all threats respectively in the first hour. On the first day, protection percentages rose to 90.6% for Chrome and 85.9% for Firefox. After seven days, Chrome blocked 93.1% of all attacks and Firefox 88.7% of all attacks according to the study.

Microsoft Edge offered better protection against phshing attacks as well according to the study. Microsoft's browser blocked 92.3% of all phishing URLs, Chrome 84.6% and Firefox 83.2%.

Microsoft Edge offered the most protection, blocking 92.3% of phishing URLs while providing the highest zero-hour protection rate (93.5%). Google Chrome provided the second-highest protection, blocking an average of 84.6%, followed by Mozilla Firefox at 83.2%.

The block rate over time changed only slightly for all tested browsers. Edge's blocking rose to 95.1%, Chrome's to 92.9% and Firefox's to 90.6%.

Interested users find test methodology and the two comparative rating reports as PDF downloads on the Cyber Ratings website. Everything is available as a free direct download at the time of writing.

Closing Words

Microsoft Edge has the edge when it comes to malware and phishing protections according to the study. The base configuration of each browser was used and automatic updates were enabled. Protections can be improved significantly by users, for instance by installing content blockers or by using common sense while on the Internet. (via Dr. Windows)

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Microsoft Edge protects better against malware and phshing attacks and threats on the Internet than Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, according to a Cyber Ratings study.
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  1. Klaas Vaak said on December 17, 2021 at 8:32 am
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    Did Micro$oft pay for the study by any chance?

    1. Anonymous said on December 17, 2021 at 9:22 am
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      Microsoft Defender now seems to perform well in some independent tests so that’s probably a ‘no’.
      Examples:
      https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/real-world-protection-test-july-october-2021/
      https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/

      1. Anonimous said on December 18, 2021 at 7:50 am
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        AV Comparatives are absolutely not independent test$…

      2. ShintoPlasm said on December 18, 2021 at 6:47 pm
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        Please could you elaborate?

  2. ShintoPlasm said on December 17, 2021 at 9:19 am
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    Once again highlighting the difference (which is not always understood) between security and privacy.

    1. Klaas Vaak said on December 17, 2021 at 10:01 am
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      @ShintoPlasm: good point. In many people’s mind the 2 are conflated.

  3. Neutrino said on December 17, 2021 at 3:02 pm
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    Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety

    1. RogerW said on December 17, 2021 at 3:55 pm
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      True liberty does not exist, neither does true safety, for that matter.

      1. ryuk said on December 18, 2021 at 2:48 pm
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        True liberty represents an ideal to strive for. It’s well worth the fight.

  4. Anonymous said on December 17, 2021 at 3:12 pm
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    What OS was used?

    Why no mention of tool(s) such as “firejail?”

    How much experience do the people at the site have with Linux vs. Windows?

  5. Nico said on December 17, 2021 at 3:12 pm
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    How much did you get paid to post this?

    1. Herman Cost said on December 17, 2021 at 3:24 pm
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      This kind of gratuitous insult to someone who has done a great job in building a very useful and informative website is the kind of thing that one expects to find on Twitter, not this site. I think you’d be happier over there tweeting nonsense back and forth with your own kind.

      1. Farmers said on December 17, 2021 at 3:38 pm
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        Here here…

      2. Klaas Vaak said on December 17, 2021 at 5:43 pm
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        @Herman Cost: hear, hear ……
        Well said.

    2. Klaas Vaak said on December 17, 2021 at 5:43 pm
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      @Nico: how much do you get paid for trolling?

  6. tech said on December 17, 2021 at 3:13 pm
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    What OS was used?

    Why no mention of tool(s) such as “firejail?”

    How much experience do the people at the site have with Linux vs. Windows?

    Do they know Microsoft Edge is proprietary and they cannot audit the source code?

    There are other questions I’d have, too.

    1. ULBoom said on December 17, 2021 at 4:38 pm
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      Read the linked reports.

  7. Yash said on December 17, 2021 at 3:45 pm
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    “or by using common sense while on the Internet.”
    Lol

    1. Straspey said on December 18, 2021 at 3:43 pm
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      Yeah –

      “Common Sense” and “The Internet” are two mutually-exclusive terms…

      1. Yash said on December 19, 2021 at 10:16 am
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        While I wasn’t in all mutually exclusive territory, my comment was just a pun, on second thought – hell yeah they’re mutually exclusive.

  8. vgtz said on December 17, 2021 at 3:49 pm
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    Cyber Ratings failed to mention the most important detail: how the system, in witch the tests were conducted, was configured in relation to security.

  9. John G. said on December 17, 2021 at 4:42 pm
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    It’s difficult to believe that Edge Chromium is safer than Chrome. :[

    1. ShintoPlasm said on December 18, 2021 at 6:48 pm
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      Safer does not mean the same as ‘more private’. Two different things.

    2. Anonymous said on December 23, 2021 at 4:18 pm
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      2nd paragraph states:

      “Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox use Google Safe Browsing API to protect users against malware and phishing attacks. Microsoft Edge uses Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for protection.”

      That

  10. common sense computing said on December 17, 2021 at 4:52 pm
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    There are other ways to protect yourself than sending all of your browsing and download history to GAFAM in real-time.

  11. ULBoom said on December 17, 2021 at 4:54 pm
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    Why? A decent tech report almost has a discussion section. Why is Defender/Smart Screen the best? Why are the other two not as good? Educated guesses are fine if stated as so but this is missing from the reports.

    Their firewall reports are similarly shallow with missing methodology details, “We did a lot of attacking…using our proprietary methods.” These guys have been around for about a year, the site looks like most other wtf “expert” sites, suspiciously like native advertising. Maybe not, too much is missing though, they ran for seven months, then stopped last summer.

    Hard to tell if the results are meaningful or just stuff and things.

  12. bgmCoder said on December 17, 2021 at 5:38 pm
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    How would Edge compare to Brave, I wonder?

    1. Yash said on December 17, 2021 at 9:31 pm
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      Brave would smoke the competition. It includes built-in adblocker afterall. Not that this test will make me to switch Firefox for Brave but still Brave will do well in these tests.

  13. JonSnow said on December 17, 2021 at 9:30 pm
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    I call this bullshiat….Edge by itself is a Malware..how can it be better at protection? and BTW that Advanced track protection does not work at all…when I have that on I have seen more ads following me than ever…it’s just a “Make you feel better protected” feature because in reality is crap. When I use Edge with all them tracking protections on my Facebook feed becomes like a ad server. That’s why I call this a crap test

  14. Trey said on December 17, 2021 at 10:14 pm
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    Chrome or Edge. Just don’t do either. Sadly most people are clueless and will just use the one that’s spoon fed to them.

  15. lamer said on December 18, 2021 at 1:47 am
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    IMO, It looks like a fake site, probably a shell/proxy mouthpiece for M$.

  16. GATA said on December 18, 2021 at 6:06 am
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    Best browser for windows is edge.

    1. LOL said on December 18, 2021 at 10:58 am
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      Yes, malware from the same company work great together. It’s so smart to give all your os and all your web activity to a single corporation lol.

      1. GATA said on December 19, 2021 at 10:27 am
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        All Time Best Of Edge.

  17. will_U_block_this_reply? said on December 18, 2021 at 9:28 am
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    Yeah, right… And cow’s farts destroy the planet…

  18. bgmCoder said on December 18, 2021 at 4:18 pm
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    I’ve read articles in the past by Martin Brinkmann, and the reviews always seemed pretty good. But I agree that with this review, it seems slanted toward promoting Microsoft.

  19. Anonymous said on December 18, 2021 at 8:17 pm
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    This will not be the case when Google ruins chromium browsers further with manifest v3. Looks like its time to move back to Firefox.

  20. caterpiem said on December 19, 2021 at 6:24 am
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    Hello Martin Is it risky to use ublock origin extension with brave browser?

    1. ShintoPlasm said on December 19, 2021 at 12:28 pm
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      wot?

  21. dented_edge_&_broken_window_11 said on December 19, 2021 at 11:18 am
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    Plus dented edge is the best best web-browser and macro$hit broken window 11 is the greatest OS!!

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