When it comes to Browsers and Security, out of the Top 10, the top 4 are really the best. Reviews can be misleading depending on, who is Doing the Reviewing, but I used the Top Ten Reviews site for this ratings list. Firefox tops the list in 2016 so far, and I have to agree with them that it's #1, and it's the one we use here. So if you don't want to check out the list in the link, here are the top 10 with their ratings.(The Ranking is 10-9 is Excellent, 8-6 is Good, 5-4 is Average) #1 Mozilla Firefox at 9.85, #2 Google Chrome at 9.73, #3 Opera at 9.30, #4 Safari at 9.00, #5 Internet Explorer at 8.63, #6 Torch at 8.28, #7 Maxthon at 8.23, #8 SeaMonkey at 7.75. #9 Avant Browser at 6.48, and #10 is Deepnet Explorer at 6.20. The reason I said the Top 4 were the best is because all of the top 4 were listed as the best security. While Internet Explorer also has a high security rating, its compatibility really stinks when viewing websites. When putting up a website, it's hard to get the coding just right so that what I want, looks the same in every Browser, and IE is very lacking in that area.
Now for something to make what ever Browser you have even safer. There are addons to stay away from, such as almost all toolbar's, and other addons you really should install. Two of the best addons are, Adblock Plus, and Disconnect. The Adblock Plus stops advertisements from loading, and of course you will find a site that bitches about that. They don't get money for people visiting their site unless their advertisements load. I have even had sites tell me I couldn't visit their site unless I disabled Adblock, and in the end, I didn't really want to visit their site all that bad after all. The Disconnect is a addon that stops outside sites from seeing you on any website. That is when you visit a site, a lot of things will show that's where your at, and this addon shuts that down. You can even see what sites are looking for you on your visit. For example, I visited a site that is called, "Make Use Of", and Disconnect blocked 43 other sites that wanted to see me on that page. One Request from Facebook, eight from Google, one from Twitter, nine from advertising sites, and 24 more from content sites. What this does is blocks them from knowing where you are, and makes the pages load a lot faster.
Browser Toolbar's can be a real pain in the behind to get rid of, and even make using the Internet
unsafe and slow. Every Toolbar uses up resources that will slow your system and browsing down a lot.
I have fixed a few systems that had up to 5 different toolbar's installed, and they would redirect
them to site they didn't want to go to, and popups they didn't want to see, and a lot of them after
installed are close to impossible to remove. I got a real chuckle showing just how bad toolbar
installations can get:
Way To Many Toolbar's. You don't really need
more search engines, or help in navigating the net, so why have toolbar's in the first place?
The answer is simple. You may not want the toolbar or other such crapware, but it's packaged with other software you might want or need. Adobe Flash and their updates want to install McAfee AV, and changes your homepage, and Java updates will install the Ask Toolbar if you don't uncheck the checkbox before hitting the install button. There is big money in packaging crapware with other programs, so they do it. You can read more about that here on ZDNet.
If you're not pissed off enough already, just read this article on who is attacking your computer
with drive-by Installers. The Economics Of The Crapware Business.
So you not only have to worry about the really bad people out there infecting your computer system and smart phones, you also have to worry about corporations wanting to grow their profits with tracking your every move, and sending you advertisements for things you don't want, will not buy, and wouldn't use if you had one..
So PLEASE take note that not all so called Legitimate software companies use safe installers, and at times they package more than just their software. Oracle and Adobe are but two companies that package up crapware you don't want, and YOU have to pay attention when installing their software and UNCHECK the boxes they check by default, or you will end up with toolbar's and other crap you don't want or need. Yes, they say it's free, but unless you know how to remove their crapware, or know someone that does, it may cost you some money to get your system back again.
So there you have it in a nutshell. The best way to select your browser is look for the top rated browsers with the best security, and pick one that is to your liking. I have used Google Chrome, but I didn't install it by choice. It came packaged in another software install, and I totally missed the page telling me it was going to be installed. When I went to the net the first time after it was installed, Google Chrome came up instead of Firefox. I used it for a bit, and I didn't like it, and was a bit mad that they would install this from another software installer package. So it's gone. I have tried to see if anyone knows what Data Google collects from its browser, but there is no real clear information about it. Some have said the data it sends back to Google is nothing important, and others say it's a lot more data than Google admits. So it's up to you to use Chrome or not. The only Data Mozilla gets from Firefox is how well the browser is working, and that is how they make it better.
I hope that this information helps you in picking a great Internet Browser, and that you stay safe on the Net.