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Why Microsoft Edge is Becoming a Better Choice Than Chrome for Security-Conscious Lawyers

By Jim Calloway

Edge is Gaining an Edge in the Browser Market

Microsoft Edge, the successor of the infamous Internet Explorer, has been steadily increasing its market share. According to StatCounter, Edge surpassed Firefox in March 2020 and became the second most popular browser after Chrome. Statcounter notes that for January 2024, Chrome has a 64.84% market share, but Edge is in second, with a 12.96% share for desktop browsers.

Edge Has Features That Make it More Secure Than Chrome

One of the reasons Edge is attracting more users is its security features. Edge is based on the same Chromium engine as Chrome, but its features can enhance the privacy and protection of its users. For example, Edge has a built-in tracking prevention feature that blocks third-party trackers from collecting your browsing data. You can choose from three levels of tracking prevention: basic, balanced, or strict.

One Important Option is to Disable Save Payment Methods in Edge

Another security feature that Edge offers is the ability to disable saving payment methods. This means that Edge will not store your credit card information in the browser, which can prevent hackers from stealing it in case of a breach. To disable this feature, go to Settings > Profiles > Payment info and toggle off the option to save and fill payment info. This way, you can avoid the risk of saving this information in a browser, which is not recommended by security experts. Password managers are a good way to securely save both your passwords and your payment methods.

There are other important security settings to adjust in Edge. See ZDNET post 5 Microsoft Edge settings to change for more secure browsing than Chrome offers.