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Internet Browser Test - Mar 2013

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I often get asked why I advise that you use Internet Explorer rather than any of the other available browsers, especially for online banking or shopping – hopefully these results will show why!

 


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2nd

3rd

4th

5th


browser_ie

 

Internet Explorer

browser_chrome

 

Google Chrome

browser_firefox

 

Firefox

browser_opera

 

Opera

 

browser_safari

 

Apple Safari

Version tested

10

25.0.1364.172

19.0.2

12.14

5.1.7

Compatibility with banking security - Trusteer Rapport

http://www.trusteer.com/support/supported-platforms

 

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

Bank supported browsers

 

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

All banks checked support this browser

Santander doesn’t support this browser

All banks checked support this browser

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

Santander and Nationwide don’t support this browser

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

YES

YES - Built In

YES

YES

YES

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

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

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

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

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

YES

YES - Built In

YES

YES

YES

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 - I tested phishing emails that pretended to come from Santander and Littlewoods which I had received in my email

2/2 blocked

2/2 blocked

0/2 blocked

0/2 blocked

0/2 blocked

Blocking download of dangerous files – tried to download a file containing a virus

Blocked it running and warned (as per screenshot)

NO

NO

NO

NO

AVG - compatibility with security features they offer

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

Norton - compatibility with security features they offer

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

McAfee - compatibility with security features they offer

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

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

326 / 500 = 65%

476 / 500 = 95%

403 / 500 = 81%

413 / 500 = 83%

328 / 500 = 66%