Three of the world's leading browsers were measured for phishing and malware protection, with time to block and protection over time as key metrics in test scores.

August 24, 2022

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AUSTIN, Texas – Aug. 16, 2022 —, the nonprofit entity dedicated to providing transparency on cybersecurity product efficacy, has published the results of its 2022 Web Browser Security Test. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox were tested for Phishing Protection and Malware Protection running on Windows 10 and 11.

The Malware tests ran for 24 days with 96 discrete test runs. Phishing tests ran for 20 days with 80 discrete test runs. The reports include measurements of protection against fresh new attacks, consistency of protection over time, and how effective the browser protection was overall.

The ability to warn potential victims that they are about to land on a malicious website or click on a suspicious URL puts web browsers in a unique position to protect the user from an attack. Websites that trick users into downloading malware and phishing campaigns often used for criminal activity have short lifespans, so it is essential that the URL is discovered and added to the reputation system as quickly as possible. A good reputation system must be both accurate and fast to achieve high catch rates.

"Phishing attacks pose a significant risk to individuals and organizations by threatening to compromise or acquire sensitive personal and corporate information," said Vikram Phatak, CEO of "Phishing and Ransomware attacks continue to rise year over year. Consumers should not override the warnings offered by their web browser protection but instead take advantage of the free offering."

Key Take-Aways:

  • Malware protection:

    • Microsoft Edge – 97.0%

    • Google Chrome – 88.4%

    • Mozilla Firefox – 84.6%

  • Phishing protection:

    • Microsoft Edge – 91.6%

    • Mozilla Firefox – 90.0%

    • Google Chrome – 89.6%

  • Average time to block a URL from malware:

    • Microsoft Edge 0:56:51

    • Google Chrome 4:46:39

    • Mozilla Firefox 5:18:40

  • Average time to block a phishing URL:

    • Microsoft Edge 0:44:07

    • Mozilla Firefox 1:23:37

    • Google Chrome 2:19:13

The Comparative Test Reports provide detailed results for each product. As a service to the community, is providing these reports for free.

The following browsers were tested:

  • Google Chrome: Version 101.0.1210.53 - 102.0.5005.115

  • Microsoft Edge: Version 101.0.1210.47 - 102.0.1254.39

  • Mozilla Firefox: Version 100.0.1 - 101.0.1

Additional Resources

About is a nonprofit 501(c)6 entity dedicated to quantifying cyber-risk and providing transparency on cybersecurity product efficacy through testing and ratings programs. To become a member, visit  

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