Google Chrome has proven to be the least effective web browser in protecting its users from accessing phishing websites.
It was the worst performing browser on Windows and macOS, according to test results, with Firefox proving to offer the best protection on both operating systems (OS).
According to tests carried out by Who?, Google Chrome was only able to block a quarter of the phishing sites visited by searchers.
Chrome running macOS blocked users from visiting only 25% of phishing sites, while it scored slightly better at 28% on Windows.
At the other end of the score, Firefox scored 78% and 85% on macOS and Windows, respectively.
Safari offered the second best protection on macOS with 77% and Microsoft Edge took second place on Windows with 82%. Opera came in third on both platforms with a 56% block rate on both operating systems.
The researchers tested the browsers using 800 newly created phishing sites to gauge each browser‘s ability to recognize a phishing site that has not yet been added to an Internet blacklist – a process which the researchers say does not only takes a few hours.
In response to the research findings, Google said it was unable to comment robustly due to little context provided to it, but assured it was using the Safe Browsing API of Google to protect users against phishing attempts.
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Google Safe Browsing was launched in 2007 and is designed to protect users against a wide range of cyber threats, including malware, unwanted software, and social engineering attacks such as phishing.
In the past, Google has also repeatedly experimented with shorter URLs in Chrome’s address bar to combat phishing attacks.
Ultimately, the feature never made it to a stable version of Chrome, but had Google decided to implement it, traditional URLs would have been shortened and only the domain name would be displayed to users.
Google Chrome is still by far the most popular web browser, according to recent statistics from StatCounter. The web analytics company said it held a dominant market share of 66.64%, with second place Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge holding just 10.07%.
Phishing is still one of the most prominent forms of cyberattacks plaguing businesses today and continues to be extremely effective despite the array of protections offered to users on Internet services.
More recently, the men behind a lucrative scam that convinced the US government to pay $23.5 million for jet fuel that the crooks failed to supply have had their sentencing dates set and risk together a combined maximum prison term of 107 years.
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