Internet Explorer 9 Leads on Malware Security

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  1. B_Marius567

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    A malware security report by NSS Labs found Windows Internet Explorer 9 beta caught an “exceptional” 99 percent of the live threats, leading the non-IE pack by 80 percent. Mozilla Firefox 3.6 caught 19 percent of the live threats, down 10 percent from the NSS Labs test conducted in the first quarter of 2010. IE9's protection includes SmartScreen URL filtering, which is included in IE8 as well as SmartScreen application reputation, which is new to IE9.
    The report noted Apple’s Safari 5 browser caught 11 percent of the live threats, with overall protection declining 18 percent from Q1 2010. Google Chrome 6 caught just three percent of the live threats, down 14 percent from the Q1 2010 test and Opera 10 brought up the rear—the browser caught zero percent of the live threats. The report concluded the browser provides virtually no protection against socially engineered malware.
    From an initial list of 8,000 new suspicious sites, 1,209 potentially malicious URLs were prescreened for inclusion in the test and were available at the time of entry into the test. These were successfully accessed by the browsers in at least one run. On average, 124 new URLs were added to the test set per day. NSS Labs then assessed the browsers’ ability to block malicious URLs as quickly as they found them on the Internet, and continued testing them every six hours to determine how long it took a vendor to add protection.
    Trends show Safari and Firefox converging at a protection rate just under 20 percent, indicating that while they share the Google Safe Browser feed, there is a difference in each browser’s implementation. The report noted the mean time to block a site (if it is blocked at all) was16.4 hours, and noted Chrome (with a mean time of 17.8 hours) and Safari (nearly 37.5 hours) were above average at adding new blocks. With the exception of Opera, which failed to

    Internet Explorer Leads on Malware Security: Report - Midmarket - News & Reviews - eWeek.com


    and people say Firefox has the bast Security:biggrin1:
     
  2. Mr. Snakey

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    Internet Explorer is getting better. However is it safe enough too use as a viable and safe browser? I have been testing it for a while now and it still is a very unsafe browser. As long as they continue to have active x enabled in the browser it will remain unsafe. Running Windows 7 i visited every nasty known (malware and virus) site you can think of with internet explorer and then Firefox. Then in the safe and regular mode i scan with Malwarebytes, spybot, avast ect. Every time Internet Explorer gets hit with malware and viruses. Firefox never gets hit. It is getting safer. However it's still not there. Safari is a good browser. The operating system used on a Mac is part of the Unix family. So is Linux. To put it in simple terms, they are self maintained and sealed up. All the ports are closed. Windows is like a block of Swiss cheese with a ton of holes in it. There is no need (or very little need) to scan for viruses on a Mac. There is no need at all to scan for viruses running Linux. Their is no need to defragment a Mac or Linux. They are self maintained. Very little maintenence are needed on both. Windows requires a lot of maintenance. Scan for viruses, defragment, disc clean up and on and on. And every time you perform this maintenence it corrupts the firmware and down the road it ruins the operating system. Google? Google is nothing more than spyware and a magnet for viruses and malware. Do a search for the tons of massive lawsuits against Google from around the world. NNS labs is not a well respected source in the world of technology. This is Internet Explorer Beta 9. Lets hope for the best.
     
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