Recommendation for the use of web browsers


Depending on the platform used, users can choose between different web browsers. Cross-platform browsers are, for example, "Chrome" and "Firefox". Platform-specific e.g. "Safari" and "Edge". When using a web browser, data is usually also loaded from untrustworthy sources. This data may also contain malware (viruses, Trojans, etc.). Therefore, the selection of a suitable browser is of particular importance.

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) recommends a minimum standard for secure web browsers [1]. According to this, the "Mozilla Firefox 68 Extended Support Release (ESR)" best meets the requirements of the BSI [2].

The most important recommendation is to deactivate active content such as Java and Adobe Flash if possible and to always work with the latest browser versions only. Further details can be found on the website "BSI for citizens" [3].

Sources (German only):

[1] Standards and criteria: Mindeststandard des BSI für sichere Web-Browser

[2] Standards and criteria: Abgleichtabelle von Web-Browsern mit dem Mindeststandard Sichere Web-Browser

[3] Set up software securely: Machen Sie Ihren Browser sicher