Quote: Originally Posted by netguysc
protected mode is just another term for private browsing. even with my addons firefox runs circles around ie8. i can understand crome, and opera but never ie.
I think of "protected mode" as being more of a type of sandbox for ie8, protecting systems files from what happens in the web browser.
I understand the reasoning why you believe firefox is a better browser. For you it probably is. A lot of people swear by firefox and I believe its a great browser. To each his own
But I have been convinced that IE8 is a better and more secure browser for me. Now with simnple-adblock for the ie8 browser, the last string keeping me on firefox has been broken.
Combining windows 7 64 bit with IE8, a LUC and a little common sense makes for s very secure system
According to my security guru that hangs out at anandtech named mechbgon ( A security guy that I trust immensly for he dows not want to sell me anything, and who has also created a great website on computer security (mechBgon's guide for first-time PC builders... Best practices for ongoing security
) has differing opinion on firefox than you.
Internet Explorer is a much safer browser than Firefox. I am not a malware junkie / tester but if mechbgon preaches it on computer security, I wll take his advice above all others on system security.
Yes, IE8 is more secure because of SmartScreen filter, Protected Mode, and Tab-isolation/ACR, Cross-site scripting filter, Per User and Site ActiveX, Click-jacking protection, and DEP/NX.
I'm not sure if other browsers support all these features.
If you've seen NSS Labs report along with IEBlog's Security series you will see how it performs and what exactly was implemented.
I would bet a 64-bit browser is even more secure because of higher encryption on https:// sites, but no one uses them because no 64-bit Flash.
IE8 is good for IT administrators because of the ease of deployment and management and for end-users in a business environment because of these security enhancements and also familiarity/ease of use.