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[VR Zone] Microsoft scores first place in malware blocking test with IE 9

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Speak of Internet Explorer to most computer-savvy people and chances are you will be given icy glares and a profound lecture of how Microsoft always fails to make a good browser that is capable of safeguarding a user from nasty malware circulating the depths of cyberspace, right? Well, not anymore; apparently, a recent study conducted by NSS Labs have shown that Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 8 clinched both first and second spots respectively where browser security is concerned. And no, we are not making this up.




Read more: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsof...#ixzz1SSmDaj9K

Apparently there is something that Internet Explorer excels at vs the competition that being security.
post #2 of 39
IE9 really isn't that bad of a browser. I considered using it as my primary but you can't use themes/skins :/
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Hmm, interesting.

Won't make me move from Chrome, but still interesting none the less.
    
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"Socially Engineered Malware" - I presume that is stuff like "click here, free cash" or "I got given your e-mail by a friend, I'm a [insert sex and descriptive words]".

Which is usually fallen for due to PEBKAC.

So it seems like Microsoft have made strides in proving wrong the maxim "you can't fix stupid". Because it seems like they're trying to.
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^^^
It probably scores low because pop-ups / pop-unders are by default set to NO, rather than the YES other browsers use. That, of IE9 has such a screwed up and oddball implementation of Java that malware crashes and burns before a user even has a chance to afflict themselves...
post #6 of 39
Keep in mind that this study was on how many times it BLOCKED you from opening something. In FF or chrome, for example, it might not have blocked you, but that doesn't mean malware was actually installed. Like paradigm said, they're catering to the PEBKAC users.
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I bet the chrome and firefox testbeds weren't using ad block or flash block.

I have yet to forgive MS for IE6.
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Impressive, but the snappiness and features of IE can't EVER pull me away from Chrome. And yes, Boyd, I'm 98% sure Chrome was tested as-is "out of the box" with no add-ons.
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros View Post
... And yes, Boyd, I'm 98% sure Chrome was tested as-is "out of the box" with no add-ons.
Which is how 95% of the users out there would use it.
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
Which is how 95% of the users out there would use it.
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