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Internet Browser Test - Sept 2016

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I often get asked by my customers which internet browser should I use

 

I have run a series of tests relating to security, usability, compatibility and speed and the table below shows the results:-

 

 


1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th


browser_chrome

 

Google Chrome

browser_ie

 

Internet Explorer

browser_firefox

 

Firefox

browser_opera

 

Opera

 

browser_edge.fw

 

Microsoft Edge

Version tested

53.0.2785.116

11.1000.14926.0

49.0

40.0.2308.62

39.14926.1000.0

Bank supported browsers

 

(Banks checked = Barclays, Natwest, RBS, Lloyds, TSB, Halifax, Santander, Sainsburys, Tesco, Nationwide and HSBC)

All banks checked support this browser

All banks checked support this browser

All banks checked support this browser

Santander, Sainsburys, Nationwide, HSBC and Tesco don’t support this browser

At the time of writing no banks have yet confirmed support for this browser

Adobe Flash Player support - used on various websites for interactive content and videos

YES - Built In

YES

YES

YES

YES - Built In

Java support - used on various websites for interactive content, games, 3D images and much more

NO *

YES

YES

YES

NO

Silverlight support - used on lots of websites to show rich multimedia content such as streaming media and animation

NO *

YES

YES

NO

NO

Adobe Reader support - used on websites to allow you to view PDF content online

YES - Built In

YES

YES

YES

YES - Built In

Block phishing links - these are links often sent in emails pretending to be your bank or other companies you deal with, trying to obtain your personal details by making you think it is the real website

2/2 blocked

2/2 blocked

1/2 blocked

0/2 blocked

2/2 blocked

Blocking download of dangerous files – tried to download a file containing a virus - to see if it allows you to download it or warns you that it may be unsafe

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES

AVG - compatibility with security features they offer

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

Norton - compatibility with security features they offer

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

HTML5 - compatibility with the latest standards used for creating websites - tests run from http://html5test.com/

499 / 555 = 90%

312 / 555 = 56%

 

465 / 555 = 84%

496 / 555 = 89%

458 / 555 = 83%

Security Tests - runs a series of security tests that measure whether the browser supports JavaScript API's that allow safe interactions between sites, and whether it follows industry best practices for blocking harmful interactions between sites - tests run from

http://www.browserscope.org/security/test

16 / 17

15 / 17

 

15 / 17

16 / 17

15 / 17

Speed Test - runs various tests to ascertain the speed of the browser - tests run from

http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/run.action

4970

3143

4960

4155

3221