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IE 9 vs. Malware

NSS Labs' latest security analysis of browsers indicates that IE 9 is safer than all other browsers when it comes to blocking social engineering-based hacks. These are the hacks where end-users see something enticing, say in an e-mail, click and are struck by malware.

According to NSS, IE 9 blocks more than 99 percent of these attacks.

Other browsers results were grim, with Safari stopping about 6 percent, Firefox 7.6 percent and Chrome 13.2 percent.

For years Microsoft has funded research, with past versions of these particular tests being paid for, at least in part, by Redmond. This latest test apparently got no vendor funding.

Last year Google blasted an earlier test, claiming it was overly limited in scope and used an out-of-date version of Chrome.

What your take on all of this? Share your opinion by writing to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/17/2011 at 1:18 PM


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