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    does anyone know which browser is meant to be the most secure and which are the least?


    I'll assume you mean the conventional browsers? Anyone could make their own web browser and it would obviously lack security. It honestly depends on the test which is being performed, but on a few reports, Google Chrome is typically seen as the most secure (usually followed by Mozilla Firefox). The least secure would be Microsoft Internet Explorer and then Opera... I'm kinda surprised that Opera is seen as unsecure, I would've thought it be better. There are many studies out there and they can all be searched for.

    That said, some features of IE make it more secure than things such as Firefox. Google Chrome is probably the safest though.

    In either case, it's down to you, the user, to ensure you're searching responsibly and keeping your browser up to date. Using add-ons and suitable levels of firewall/anti-virus protection are necessary to prevent any errors from emerging. If you're downloading crap, you will be infected. You need to be smart too.

    Some have reputations for being more secure than others, but really the important thing to emphasize is that you should make sure you have the latest version of whichever browser you do use.

    Usually it's Chrome that comes out on top, before Firefox as a poster above said - but that security dwindles as you install add-ons and extensions...everytime I installed AdBlock, somehow Snap.do hijacked Chrome and turned it upside down (I use AdBlock Plus, much more reliable for me)...

    FYI Snap.do's been said to contain malware and spyware, it's not just some annoying alternate search engine.
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