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Monday, 18 July 2011 11:35

IE9 ranks best in malware-blocking

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IE9 ranks best in malware-blocking

According to the latest report fresh out of NSS Labs, Redmond’s Internet Explorer 9 is king of the hill in terms of security.


The insecurity outfit found that IE9 managed to block 92 percent of malware with URL-based filtering and a whopping 100 percent with application-based filtering. The previous version, IE8 ranked second with a 90 percent blockage rate.

On the other hand, the competition has nothing to brag about. Safari 5, Chrome 10 and Firefox 4 were tied for third place and managed to block just 13 percent of malware traffic. Opera 11 managed just 5 percent.

The reason behind equally disappointing figures for Safari, Chrome and Mozilla browsers lies in the fact that they all use the same URL blacklisting date listed in Google’s Safe Browsing System, which should probably be renamed to Google Unsafe Browsing System.

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+3 #1 redunion1940 2011-07-18 15:29
I'm sure someone is going to point this out, but this is only important if you use Windows. But I'm not surprised, after 2003, Microsoft has really made leap and bounds in Security and as long as people actually follow MS's security policies, a lot of computers and companies would be relatively safe.

But alas no security measure can beat Mans desire for convience haha.
0 #2 Bl0bb3r 2011-07-19 15:54
Well red, I'm using Windows and I've turned off this useless feature in Firefox... nothing bad happened, on top of that I'm not running any AV. Still, nothing bad happened after two years. Have as many lists as you want, human error is still the most probable cause.

As to malware-blocking, way too many false positives, and probably that is the reason IE scored so high. A lot of the sites that get infected remain on the lists even months after they have been disinfected. In this regard Scott, Google is still safer but also less annoying than the... you say king of the hill - I don't see any hills, I say king of the false and outdated. Hm, sounds like I'm closer to the truth.
+2 #3 Bl0bb3r 2011-07-19 15:55
Oh yes... Welcome back Fudzilla!
0 #4 dicobalt 2011-07-19 16:37
IE9 actually is a pretty good browser. The only thing it's missing is NoScript.
-1 #5 pogsnet 2011-07-19 19:05
Blocks Malware 92% And False Positive 200%

Firefox and Chrome is already enough for me. I dont want super dupper security that wont let me use my PC and blocks everything I want to do. It's like it dictates you what is allowed or not. That's even worst than having a virus itself.
0 #6 fed44 2011-07-20 00:04
IE has been at the top of this list for a really long time. And the remotest thing I have come across to a false positive is something like a tool for dumping password hashes, which actually deserves to be in that list. Oh and not commonly downloaded files don't count as false positives per se, especially since even fudzilla takes the 92% which is without this not commonly downloaded stuff.

But not commonly downloaded is good as it does make you reconsider your source twice. @redunion: This is not only important to people who use Windows. One of the main targets of this test is not just downloads but also socially engineered malware, which includes phishing. If you hand your grandfather a pc with another OS chances are he could still loose all his money to a some phishing scam.
0 #7 Bl0bb3r 2011-07-20 17:04
At the top of a praisal system. You know, when Firefox entered the market it was also praised, but then people actually started to use the browser and soon after the masses did that, the bugs and holes started to show. The good thing about Mozilla is that they actually patch things up while at MS they put you on hold, even if you're an insecurity expert that reported a bug. The downside at Firefox is that things get slow and unstable at times, luckily some subversions combine well the fixes and the optimizations.

MS put out so many IE versions lately, it's hard for anyone to see its bugs... yet. All we get to see is Speedy Gonzales, but that mouse might end up actually being Swiss cheese. In time.
0 #8 fed44 2011-07-21 11:43
Internet Explorer in its 16 years of service has had 9 actual release versions. And the whole goal of Microsoft has been that each actual release's compatability is not damaged, so only security updates can be released. Even today there are still sites that can't properly handle IE9, and most corporate intranets will have far more compatability problems.
What I am trying to say is that the chrome principle probably wouldn't work well and that 2 years between releases is not frequent at all. Bl0bb3r idk if you are counting platform previews but those are only meant for developers to test the engine...
And Microsoft policy is to also always keep patches, unless they have been publicised, till patch tuesday.

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