Google-Funded Study Awards Security Crown to Chrome; Firefox Comes in Last

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Trekker1091

Of COURSE a Google funded study chooses their own in house browser as king.  This is why I refuse to listen to studies that are funded by major corporations.  When its an indepandant study funded by non-profit organizations (say one funded by MPC), THEN I'll beleive the results.  No way in all hell is this study not baised.

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don2041

 

I,m sorry but I will dismiss any study where the winner paid for the study,no matter how much they promise that the results are not bias.

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devin3627

what about opera?

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Holly Golightly

FireFox5? I think they may be outdated on the FireFox front. I believe we are up to 8 right now. So the study is a bit one-sided in my opinion. As popular as Chrome is getting, I will still continue to support FireFox instead. As long as FireFox has FoxScape and FoxTab add-ons, I am good.

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tekknyne

I've always used FF but a few months back, I switched to Chrome. I recently switched back to FF because it can store cache in memory, so it will help with the read/writes on my SSD!

 

Thanks to the posters who suggested NoScript + AdBlock. I just installed both. Good combination!

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0ly1r3m@1ns

your welcome but no script requires some baby siting and im not sure you will enjoy it to much i jsut mentioned it to make a point :P

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Jeffredo

Nice how they conveniently omit Opera from their comparision.

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jkroeder

You have to realize that they only included three browsers in this test. In their default and out-of-box configurations, Firefox is likely the least secure of the three regardless of the fact that this was a Google funded study or not. 

Sandboxed browsers are by default, much more secure and that's a fact. Even if the main process of a sandboxed browser like Chrome has a vulnerability, that vulnerability also needs to penetrate the sandbox before it can do any harm. That's not the case with Firefox. 

 

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diedrichg

Until Google fixes (or an extension is created for) Chrome that will allow me the functionality of Tab Mix Plus (Firefox) to open bookmarks/history/search/address bar/links in a new tab with a single click, then I will stick with Firefox.

I love Chrome for its speed but I can't stand its tab functionality! I don't want some band-aid such as CTRL+Click or Middle click (I'm on a laptop 80% of the time).

Until someone makes this possible through an extension or Google makes it native I have no choice but to stick with FF.

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tornato7

OK I have chrome, and ANYTHING that you click with the middle mouse opens in a new background tab. Even clicking a bookmark folder opens all of them in background tabs. I don't know what yours (or mine) does that, maybe because I have the dev version?

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diedrichg

As I mentioned, 80% of the time I'm on a laptop and middle click isn't an option. And not only would I like to swtich to Chrome for the sandboxing for both myself and my parents but I know for a fact that I can't teach them CTRL+click for bookmarks, etc. if they want to keep the current tab up.

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warptek2010

Key word here being BACKGROUND. We're talking about how tabs work in FF when the proper box is x'd out... a link will open in a new tab and THE FOCUS will imediately switch to that new tab without user intervention. The focus thing doesn't happen in Chrome and it's such an assinine stupid simple thing to implement but for some unfathomable reason Google chooses to keep leaving it out.

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warptek2010

multiple post, sorry.

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warptek2010

I'm with you on this issue. I've complained about the lack of this simple feature before. On this forum I've recieved the "it's there under settings" response from various sources AND IT'S NOT THERE.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

just like microsofts study said ei9 was the most secure lol meh to be honest firefox with no script and adblock is just as secure, if your really paranoid run it in a sandbox or linux lol

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jkroeder

Sorry but I disagree. A blacklist/whitelist system via Noscript is ten times more inconvenient to the average user and not even as effective as a sandbox model and this is coming from a former Noscript user myself. 

 

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ApathyCurve

Exactly.  I've been running NS/AB Firefox for years with no security issues.  Firefox also has the added bonus that it's not hammered crap, a claim Chrome can't make.

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gmvolk

I was gonna post something similar.  All those MS funded studies ALWAYS put IE at the top!  You know what it boils down to, stick with the browser you like and practice safe internet.  Don't visit shady sites, don't click on short urls(I HATE those with a passion!), don't give out your email address, etc.  Use common sense.

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