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Windows 7: Security Expert Recommends IE8 over Firefox, Chrome

09 Jul 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Security Expert Recommends IE8 over Firefox, Chrome

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The generalized public perception seems to be that Internet Explorer 8 is not the best choice for security-concerned users, and that rival browsers do a better job at keeping users safe while online. Still, one security expert is running Internet Explorer 8, and notes that she sees no reason to jump to Firefox or to Chrome. In an interview for Microsoft’s TechNet Edge, Paula Januszkiewicz reveals that she opted for IE8 over rival browsers because of Protect Mode.

Watch the video embedded at the bottom to hear what Januszkiewicz has to say (jump to the second half if you’re interested only in the details related to browser security). The second video embedded below is a the “Useful Hacker Techniques: Which Part of Hackers' Knowledge Will Help You in Efficient IT Administration?” talk that Januszkiewicz gave at TechEd.

I personally am running IE8 with Protected Mode turned on and User Account Control enabled by default on top of Windows 7, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Introduced in Windows Vista and perfected in Windows 7, Protect Mode for IE8 makes the browser run with restricted privileges, even from administrator accounts. While Protected Mode in concert with UAC are on, attacks cannot write, alter or destroy data the machine or compromise the PC with malicious code, even if IE8 itself is bypassed.

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Security Expert Recommends IE8 over Firefox, Chrome - Because of Protected Mode - Softpedia

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09 Jul 2010   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I wonder whose payroll she is on?
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09 Jul 2010   #3
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have seen several security tests that made the same point.
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09 Jul 2010   #4

Vista Business x64
 
 

Common knownledge really...
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09 Jul 2010   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Private tabs only protect against other users on your computer, there is a lot more to browser security than that. BTW, Opera has both private tab and private window.
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09 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
 
 

IE8 is my favourite browser, but that's probably just for compatibility reasons because I have a Windows PC.
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09 Jul 2010   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Most of us do have Windows PCs. Why do you believe that using some other browser causes a compatibility issue?
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09 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Most of us do have Windows PCs. Why do you believe that using some other browser causes a compatibility issue?
It's more of a mental comforting thing for me, windows goes with a windows browser imo, and how do I unsubscribe to this thread? I'm getting email updates to my phone.
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09 Jul 2010   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by J4M13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Most of us do have Windows PCs. Why do you believe that using some other browser causes a compatibility issue?
It's more of a mental comforting thing for me, windows goes with a windows browser imo, and how do I unsubscribe to this thread? I'm getting email updates to my phone.
Select the edit button on your post, then Go Advanced, and in the dropdown window of Thread Subscription choose Do Not Subscribe, and then the Submit button.
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09 Jul 2010   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by J4M13 View Post
IE8 is my favourite browser, but that's probably just for compatibility reasons because I have a Windows PC.
That's why I use the IETab Plus add-on for Firefox.....
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