Although all four browsers tested received the grade "good", some of these ratings come with caveats, according to test results in German tech magazine PC Magazin.
Opera, which is mostly based on Chrome, won over the testers with its built-in ad blocker as well as a built-in VPN that provides far greater privacy when online. Only built-in safety functions were considered in the test.
The runner-up Google Chrome scored points for built-in phishing protection and page-based security settings.
However, the experts criticised the fact that Firefox users have to download and install extensions in order to add security features. This may leave inexperienced users vulnerable.
Microsoft, still playing catch-up from its Internet Explorer days, came in last with its browser Edge. Points were deducted for its weak cookie and password management. — dpa
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