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Internet Explorer Totally Anti-Social

The term 'anti-social' usually ain't a compliment. In the case of staving off social engineering attacks, it is a good thing. These type of attacks trick users into surfing over a malicious site to provide personal information or download malware.

NSS Labs tested a half-dozen browsers and determined that IE 8 and 9 (now in beta) offer the best protection.

The results were rather dramatic: IE 9 stopped almost 99 percent of attacks, while Firefox blocked less than 20 percent.

NSS Labs has a long history with Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft paid for the research. A similar report last year on IE 8 rose a bit of controversy over the Redmond connection.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/16/2010 at 1:18 PM


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