On a home computer, web browsers are a personal preference. (Some people like Coke, and some like Pepsi. And so on.)
But at work, employee browser software is a business tool and an extension of your company. And depending on the product and how it’s used, that software has unique benefits and risks.
A few household names in this category dominate the conversation, and the market itself. With more than 4 billion internet users around the world, browser technology is perhaps the most widely used software in history, aside from operating systems.
Another way to look at it is, these “household name” products are at Elvis Presley-level name recognition. Pretty spiffy for little pieces of software.
If you manage an office, or if you just have workers who use smartphones, employee browser software will ultimately affect your business’ performance. It is also your best cyberdefense in the minefield that awaits your employees on the internet. We’ve compiled recent browser statistics to provide a snapshot of this software space. As the Browser Wars continue across desktop and mobile platforms, your company’s choice of browser will be a consequential one. These stats should offer insight into the software landscape and the role these tools play in our lives.
General browser statistics
Google Chrome accounts for 60 percent of overall browser usage. (CNET, 2018)
99 percent of enterprise organizations allow their employees to access the internet. (Technical.ly Baltimore, 2019)
Chrome and Firefox were found to identify and block 96 percent of phishing websites. (The Register, 2018)
Microsoft Edge was found to immediately stop 89 percent of phishing websites. (The Register, 2018)
Chrome was found to immediately stop 79 percent of phishing websites. (The Register, 2018)
Firefox was found to immediately stop 77 percent of phishing websites. (The Register, 2018)
Other browser statistics
Employees who use non-default web browsers stay at their jobs 15 percent longer. (The Atlantic, 2015)
Facebook is being used as a mobile browser by nearly 14 percent of Washington residents. (TechCrunch, 2018)
Over 50% of users utilize Safari as their primary browser on tablets. (LambdaTest, 2019)
Facebook is being used as a mobile browser by around 10 percent or more of the residents in 15 U.S. states. (TechCrunch, 2018)
The Samsung Internet Browser has been downloaded more than 1 billion times from the Google Play Store, more than Firefox and Opera. (Trusted Reviews, 2019)
As of November 2018, only 11 percent of Windows 10 users had Microsoft Edge as their default browser. (Computerworld, 2018)
More than 80 percent of Windows 10 users change their default browser at the first opportunity. (ZDNet, 2018)
Microsoft Edge accounts for 8 percent of visits to government websites. (ZDNet, 2018)
In our frenzied lives — both at work and away — browsers should not be an afterthought. Each is its own beast, with features and performance aspects that appeal to different groups. You may choose to enforce a certain browser across your organization, enforce certain browsing rules, or recommend a browser to new hires and offer basic guidelines.
Small business security is closely tied to the software your team uses. To keep operating at the highest level, your team’s choice of hardware and web browsers is as important as anything. Consider these statistics and test drive some browsers for yourself to best understand their differences and make an informed choice.
And hey! You can also write a review of your experience after using a browser tool to help others on their browser search.
Zangre is a Senior Research Specialist who helped with spearheading G2 Crowd’s expansion into B2B Services. He studied journalism at the University of North Florida — which is still undefeated in football — and joined G2 Crowd in 2016 when there was only one other “Andrew.” He has enjoyed contributing to newspapers and online publications while pursuing music and comedy projects in his free time.