German Cybersecurity Agency Picks Firefox As Most Secure Browser

Source: Forbes


The German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, or BSI) has just finished auditing five major desktop web browsers. The only one to receive a passing grade: Firefox.

The audit comes hot on the heels of the BSI’s publication of guidelines for modern, secure web browsers. Published just last month, they present a detailed picture of the Office’s expectations for secure surfing in today’s threat-filled landscape.

Under the BSI’s guidelines, a truly secure browser has to support up-to-date technologies like TLS, HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS), Same Origin Policy and Content Security Policy (CSP) 2.0.

The browser must also support automatic updates, and not just for its own code. It must also handle updates for extensions, and the two mechanisms need to function independently of each other.