Browser safety is one of the many layers of IT security that businesses need to consider. The overall functionality of browsers, however, tends to get businesses’ attention before the security standards do.

For example, the enormous catalog of plugins offered on Google Chrome are attractive to businesses to solve specific business problems. But is that browser necessarily the safest?

Identifying the safest web browser for businesses starts with defining what browser safety means.

Defining Browser Safety and Top Security Risks

A safe web browser is a browser with advanced security measures. It sets the bar for safety based on the current landscape of cyberthreats (which is always evolving). Safe browsers offer features like “whitelist” website actions and can prevent all others from ever taking place.

Without safe web browsers, business data would be easily collected by advertisers, governments and hackers. Web pages could trigger actions that download malware, set up spying tools, or dig deeper for information beyond your browser.

Safe browsers also protect your identity even more than a VPN (which only hides your IP address).

There are multiple safe browsers on the market. Which is safest comes down to which has the features that matter the most to you.

The Top 5 Safest Web Browsers

This list can’t be ranked any more than by saying that these five browsers are the best. They’ve continually demonstrated how much user information and security matter to them.

Choosing the absolute safest web browser from this list comes down to the features your business needs most.

1: Chrome

Key features include:

  • You can update settings to request websites not track your browsing
  • You can block all cookies (globally or partially)
  • You can block all popups and scripts
  • Automatic warnings if a site you visit is considered “dangerous”
  • Automatic detection if a site file you’re downloading is unsafe
  • In-browser and email notifications if stored passwords are exposed
  • You can easily block specific websites

2: Safari

Key features include:

  • Options to block all cookies
  • Options to block all websites from caching by default
  • Automatic prevention of dangerous sites from loading
  • A proprietary “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” feature to limit advertiser tracking
  • Privacy report of what trackers you might have encountered while browsing
  • Specific configurations to control website permissions
  • Option to block all popups

3: Firefox

Key features include:

  • Tracker protection options with different levels of security
  • Personalized reports on what trackers you encountered while browsing
  • Opt-out feature from all Firefox data collection
  • Opt-in feature to learn in real-time about data breaches
  • Automatically blocks potentially dangerous downloads
  • Automatically forces connections to load over HTTPS
  • Automatically blocks popups

4: Edge

Key features include:

  • Tracker protection options with different levels of security
  • Personalized reports of what trackers were blocked while browsing
  • Multiple options for specific levels of tracking prevention in “private mode”
  • Specifically blocking sites from seeing if you have saved payment preferences
  • Automatic protections from potentially dangerous websites
  • Automatic blocking of potentially dangerous downloads
  • Opt-out feature from all Microsoft data collection

5: Brave

Key features include:

  • Automatically blocks third-party ads
  • Automatically blocks tracking
  • One of the most competitive built-in password managers
  • Options to block cookies and scripts web-wide or on certain sites
  • Automatically forces connections to load over HTTPS
  • Proprietary “private browsing” function

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