Kaspersky: Chrome is safest browser

2012-03-26 12:45

Cape Town - A top internet security firm has recommended Google's Chrome browser as the safest one available.

"What we recommend at Kaspersky Lab is Google Chrome. It's not an advertisement, but this is the most secure, the most protected browser on the market now," Sergey Novikov, head of Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team told News24.

He said that the browser, which was launch in 2008, had unique technology that made it more secure than competing browsers to surf the internet.

"They have sandboxing inside the browser. This is the only browser that has sandboxing inside. To be on the safe side, it's better to use Google Chrome for browsing the internet."

According to, Chrome is the fastest growing browser, growing to about 30% of users in March 2012.


Novikov warned that no browser is 100% safe as hackers could compromise a website and put users at risk.

"The problem with websites, even trusted websites, is that they can be hacked and the malicious script can be installed and all the visitors will get this malicious script," he said.

Google recently offered hackers $1m prize if they could demonstrate vulnerabilities in the Chrome browser.

The internet giant has offered prize money for demonstrating a bug in the browser that could be used with a flaw in Windows 7 to take control of a computer.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) is still the dominant browser, but it's share is declining in the face of rivals. On March 18, Chrome briefly overtook IE to lead browser use statistics.

Hack attacks have become more concentrated at financial gain and according to Kaspersky Lab, a trend in Eastern Europe illustrates how hackers are able to extract money from victims.

"In Eastern Europe there's a Trojan that's quite popular - it blocks your Windows machine. You can't go to the Start button, My Documents, My Computer - you can't use it.

"There's a message on the screen that says if you want to return to your operating system and your files, you have to make a payment through your mobile phone," said Novikov.


While the incidents of this kind of attack are still quite small, it shows that hackers are increasingly targeting computer users for financial reward and information.

There has also been growth in so-called "hacktivists" groups like Anonymous that target corporations because of perceived liability.

Anonymous attacked the websites of the US Justice Department, the FBI, Universal Music Group in protest at the Stop Online Piracy Act and MasterCard when the credit provider refused to process donations for WikiLeaks.

In 2011, Sony was embarrassed when hackers compromised the PlayStation Network was hacked and millions of users' details was compromised.

Novikov said that hackers are able to steal information for profit.

"They [criminals] are stealing information to sell it to competitors; other vendors - there are several examples of this."

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  • Lehlohonolo - 2012-03-26 13:15


  • Peter - 2012-03-26 13:34


      alayren - 2012-03-26 13:41

      not a browser

  • peter.retief - 2012-03-26 13:50

    for me its a tie between Chrome and Firefox, I am not that concerned about security

      swessels1 - 2012-03-27 08:40

      Just a guess. Do you use AVG as an anti virus

  • J-Man - 2012-03-26 14:04

    People still use IE? Wow.

      craig.a.salter - 2012-03-26 17:02

      Friends dont let friends use IE

  • Jacobus.van.Eeden - 2012-03-26 14:29

    Too bad they have their info wrong and embarrassing for Kaspersky, but Safari has sandboxing built in.

      Glyn - 2012-03-26 14:55

      Viva Safari!

      Glyn - 2012-03-26 14:57

      Viva Safari! What the heck is sandboxing??

      zaatheist - 2012-03-26 15:57

      @Glyn A sandbox creates a special contained environment on your PC. While browsing within the virtual sandbox you are totally isolated from the vital portions of your PC, namely your operating system environment on your hard drive and memory locations for your current OS session. So any files you download are isolated to the sandbox. Similarly, any programs that are executed only do so within the sandbox, and have no access to your normal files, the Windows operating system or any other part of the PC.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-03-26 18:34

    Firefox, so I can block all annoying ads.

  • sycomachinery - 2012-03-27 14:49

    I don't want to be funny, but ever since i took off all anti virus programs and disabled all so called protection my PC is running better than ever, no more crashes and I don't get viruses or any problems any more.

      TSR01 - 2012-03-28 10:44

      No, you just don't notice them as they build up and eventually destroy all your confidential / important / "priceless" data, leaving your computer an empty shell with no chance at salvaging the lost data. No anti-virus is no good. If you want free, reliable, excellent protection, Microsoft Security Essentials is the way to go - uses less resources than conventional anti-viruses when scanning (it doesn't slow your PC down like Norton), protects your PC from virtually everything, and doesn't make a big fuss about updating or minor threat detection :)

      sycomachinery - 2012-03-29 04:42

      I'ts been 4 years, so far so good.

      ??? - 2013-01-18 07:37

      In the very same way that disabling all the alarms at your home will make you more secure and save you some cash. Sure, the lack of apparent problems might signify that you never needed it anyways, and also you will never know if a petty thief came in and stole stuff from your house. Whatever happens to your home, you will never be aware of it, and that lack of signs you will be interpreting as being secure. Your decision is hindsight at the best, denial at the worst. Unless you are not a security expert who is up to date and knows exactly what the heck is happening under your hood, get a antivirus.

  • roytechali - 2012-11-08 06:29

    Chrome With Adblock/New Tab Redirect. All Is Well

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