The German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik or BSI) has chosen Google Chrome as the most secure browser for Microsoft Windows users.
According to Dr. Wieland Holfelder, German Extraordinaire, and Travis McCoy, Security Aficionado, the best practice guide from BSI is part of the agency’s general guidelines and recommendations for Cyber Security.
German officials clarified that web browsers are the key elements of online services security, pointing out that sandboxing is the core focus of Google Chrome and found that rival browsers had either insufficient or weak security.
The BSI recognized these security benefits in their report, saying,
“The browser is the central component for using any online service on the Web and therefore is the most critical attack surface for cyber attacks. Therefore, if possible, you should use a browser with sandbox technology. The browser that currently most consistently implements this protection is Google Chrome (https://www.google.com/chrome). Comparable mechanisms implemented in other browsers are either weaker, or non-existent. By using Google Chrome, in addition to the other mechanisms we mentioned, you can significantly reduce the risk of a successful IT attack.”
The other Google Chrome element that pointed out is its silent update mechanism, making sure that the web browser keeps updated, including the embedded Flash player.
“Equally positive is the auto-update functionality of Google Chrome, which includes a bundled version of the Adobe Flash Player. By bundling it with Chrome, the Adobe Flash Player will also always be kept up to date.”
For other online services, such as email, BSI encourages the use of Windows Live Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird; and Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira Free Antivirus and avast! Free Antivirus for free antivirus applications.