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Windows 7: Internet Explorer 8 Still the Best at Staying Safe


05 Mar 2010   #1

 
Internet Explorer 8 Still the Best at Staying Safe

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Back in August, I wrote a blog post about how Internet Explorer 8 offers the best protection against socially engineered malware threats. This week, NSS Labs released a new study that continues to show Internet Explorer 8 to be the #1 browser in blocking malware! When the first study was revealed, the Internet Explorer Team announced that Internet Explorer 8ís SmartScreen Filter had provided over 80 million blocks of malware. Almost a year after Internet Explorer 8 shipped, Internet Explorer 8ís SmartScreen Filter has provided over 560 million blocks of malware Ė averaging over 3 million blocks per day! Wow.

The SmartScreen Filter uses a special URL Reputation Service (URS) with data centers hosted around the world and has evaluated over 250 billion URLs to help keep Internet Explorer 8 users safe! Every day, the SmartScreen Filter URS processes about 4.1 billion URLs looking for malicious websites and files; and since it was first introduced in Internet Explorer 7, the URS has processed over 5.7 trillion requests!

Malware is the biggest and most common security threat facing people browsing the Internet today, and Microsoft is investing heavily in keeping people protected while using Internet Explorer with features like the SmartScreen Filter, Protected Mode, DEP, and more. Check out this post on the IEBlog for more info about the NSS Labs study and how to make sure the SmartScreen Filter is turned on. If youíre not already running Internet Explorer 8, or havenít upgraded, this is a great reason!


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06 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

forgive me if i treat this with a pinch of salt.... the people who wrote this article obviously either work for microsoft or have some affiliation with them
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06 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
forgive me if i treat this with a pinch of salt.... the people who wrote this article obviously either work for microsoft or have some affiliation with them
Exactly! It's on a windows team blog.
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06 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

i was referring to that, i didnt know if it was actually windows team, or if it was just an unofficial thing, much like sevenforums
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07 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 RTM x86
 
 

IE8 in protected mode in Windows 7 is by far the safest way to browse the internet. Firefox is highly vulnerable.
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08 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pezzonovante View Post
IE8 in protected mode in Windows 7 is by far the safest way to browse the internet. Firefox is highly vulnerable.
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08 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

can i see some facts to back that up please? i use firefox, i have no problems,

in fact the safest way to browse the internet is to STAY AWAY FROM DODGY SITES its like walking into a brothel, waving your wallet in the air shouting "i won i won!" then complaining you got mugged....
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08 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Staple Head View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pezzonovante View Post
IE8 in protected mode in Windows 7 is by far the safest way to browse the internet. Firefox is highly vulnerable.
I trust IE over any other browser. Of course I still use Chrome just for its speed. I prefer speed.
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08 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
can i see some facts to back that up please? i use firefox, i have no problems,

in fact the safest way to browse the internet is to STAY AWAY FROM DODGY SITES its like walking into a brothel, waving your wallet in the air shouting "i won i won!" then complaining you got mugged....
YOU have no problems. You just said it. Everyone gets different results.

I agree that the safest way to stay safe is staying away from dodgy sites.
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08 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Staple Head View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pezzonovante View Post
IE8 in protected mode in Windows 7 is by far the safest way to browse the internet. Firefox is highly vulnerable.
He or she is most likely talking about the default built-in security. IE in Protected Mode may initially have more security, but say you install the AdBlock Plus and NoScript add-ons for Firefox. I think we can agree that those will increase the security of Firefox dramatically.

I myself use IE x64 (make a Adobe Flash x64 dammit!) and Firefox about the same amount. Firefox is mostly devoted towards YouTube and Google searches because I have the Optimize Google add-on, which prevents Google from infringing my privacy (I'm paranoid, I know. This is also why I refuse to use Google Chrome).
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