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Wednesday, 15 December 2010 13:52

US spooks give thumbs up to Microsoft IE 9

Written by Nick Farell


NSS says it is pretty secure
The US National Security Services have given the thumbs up to Microsoft's coming version of Internet Exploder. According to an NSS Labs research Internet Explorer 9 is able to either block or warn against 99 per cent of socially-engineered malware.

In a report NSS Labs said that with a unique URL blocking score of 94 per cent and over-time protection rating of 99 per cent, Internet Explorer 9 was by far the best at protecting users against socially-engineered malware.” Internet Explorer 9 leads all browsers with the highest block rate - and best protection against malware. The main line of defence in IE9 is SmartScreen technology which was first seen in Internet Explorer 8. It protects by detecting and blocking websites that distribute socially-engineered malware and phishing attacks.

However in IE9, Microsoft beefed things up by code called SmartScreen Application Reputation. This adds an additional layer of protection by warning users when they attempt to download a higher risk application. Of course spotting Malware is not the only thing a browser should do.

Most of Microsoft's security flaws are found once the browser is put under pressure in the wild. Since that does not happen until a few months after its release we do not know if IE9 will be the most secure to date.

Nick Farell

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+9 #1 yourma2000 2010-12-15 14:00
Quote:
The US National Security Services have given the thumbs up to Microsoft's coming version of Internet Exploder.


Doesn't sound very stable to me :o
 
 
+2 #2 Exodite 2010-12-15 15:03
Maybe it's just my paranoid nature but the approval of NSS makes me wonder what spyware is included as opposed to blocked.
 
 
+3 #3 fuadzilla 2010-12-15 15:25
Quoting yourma2000:
Quote:
The US National Security Services have given the thumbs up to Microsoft's coming version of Internet Exploder.


Doesn't sound very stable to me :o


:D :lol: joke of the day. ty fuadzilla for my everyday dose of funny jokes... :lol:
 
 
+2 #4 snowboarder8156 2010-12-15 17:41
And how long until the engineered malware is just re-engineered? a day?
 
 
0 #5 JAB Creations 2010-12-15 21:08
The rendering engine is half decent finally which is on par with Firefox 3.5/Gecko 1.9.1 in regards to SVG though is still pretty lacking in CSS3 compared to Firefox, Opera and Safari.

The GUI is a total disaster however, the tab bar is stuck next to the address bar so if your horizontal resolution is 1280 then you can only have single click access to 14 tabs I think it was max. Maxthon is a good IE shell though Firefox and Opera are still the way to go if you want a good rendering engine and a customizable GUI.
 
 
0 #6 Jurassic1024 2010-12-15 22:47
i'll stick to Chrome for desktop and Opera Mini for mobile. IE9 i'll consider when its done. So far its looking good as far as GPU accelerated browsing and security are concerned.
 

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