A recent study funded by Google and conducted by a security firm called Accuvant compares the security of three of the most widely used browsers: Google's Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and Mozilla's Firefox. The results illustrate that Google is on top when it comes to innovative new safeguards, Microsoft is a close second place, and Firefox is falling far behind.

In all three areas, Google tied or beat the competition. Its sandbox was found to be the strictest, while Accuvant says that Internet Explorer allowed hackers some file-reading capabilities even as it prevented them from installing malware. Its protections against malicious javascript were equal to Microsoft's, and its limitations on the malicious capacities of plugins were stronger than either of the other two browsers. In all three categories, Firefox's features were determined to be either “unimplemented or ineffective.”

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Above is a chart illustrating Accuvant's findings.

The original story and a pdf of Accuvant's report can be found at Forbes.