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Windows 7: IE8 Offers Better Protection against Malware

13 Aug 2009   #1
z3r010

 
IE8 Offers Better Protection against Malware

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Today, socially engineered malware threats are on the rise and are heavily impacting the way people use the Internet - making it a consumer and industry issue.

A new study released today from NSS Labs shows that Internet Explorer 8 is the #1 browser in malware protection and also the #1 browser in phishing protection. The independent test results showed that Internet Explorer 8 blocks 3 times more malware threats than Firefox 3 and 10 times more malware threats than Google Chrome 2.

Given how Internet Explorer 8 performs against these socially engineered malware and phishing threats and the ongoing threat that cybercriminals pose against Internet users today, this is another good reason for consumers to upgrade to a modern browser and move on from earlier versions like Internet Explorer 6 where security issues were not then what they are today.

For more information on this new NSS Labs study and how Internet Explorer 8 continues to help keep people protected while browsing the web see this blog post from the Internet Explorer Team on the IEBlog.


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13 Aug 2009   #2
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
Not bad...for once there is some good reviews in the IE area...way to go IE Team!
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13 Aug 2009   #3
masterB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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The independent test results showed that Internet Explorer 8 blocks 3 times more malware threats than Firefox 3 and 10 times more malware threats than Google Chrome 2.
It may be safer than Firefox without add-ons. But Firefox with NoScript add-on still better than IE 8, 9...12...
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13 Aug 2009   #4
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
Where do they get these "socially engineered" numbers from ?

Does IE8 and Firefox 'call somebody' to report:
"IE8 just blocked socially engineered xxxx" or
"Firefox 3.0a_1 just blocked socially engineered yyyy" ???

How does "socially engineered malware" differ from the "other kinds of malware" ?

I don't quite 'get it'...
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13 Aug 2009   #5
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChuckR View Post
Where do they get these "socially engineered" numbers from ?

Does IE8 and Firefox 'call somebody' to report:
"IE8 just blocked socially engineered xxxx" or
"Firefox 3.0a_1 just blocked socially engineered yyyy" ???

How does "socially engineered malware" differ from the "other kinds of malware" ?

I don't quite 'get it'...
"Spcially engineered" is simply another term being applied for intentional malwares aimed at Windows machines. That's more of a generalized term being used there collectively not as a new form of malware. What the blog there is pointing out is that the new Smart Screen filtering is preventing many more sites from planting trojans and other bugs on your system if you happen to run into a bad site during a simple web search.

The "Suggested Sites" feature not mentioned there while annoying as anything works off of the MS data base on bad sites and steers you to a more limited number of recommended sites. As far as addons if you simply any toolbar to be installed when trying out a new program(first time, unknown) the user is the one that opens things up for... ?
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13 Aug 2009   #6
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I'm willing to bet this is IE8 for Vista and 7 with Protected Mode on, not the IE8 for XP.
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13 Aug 2009   #7
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KazeNoKoe23 View Post
I'm willing to bet this is IE8 for Vista and 7 with Protected Mode on, not the IE8 for XP.
probably...but at least the mode does what it intends to well...
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14 Aug 2009   #8
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

You'll notice one other thing being mentioned in the IE blog itself about the collective count of block seen between both IE 7 and IE 8 not just IE 8 by itself since IE 7 first saw the new antiphising filter. That made a large difference from the volume of security holes seen with the predacessor IE 6 that sadly lacked a great deal there.

You can see where MS is actually taking the initiative to make their own browser far more secure from the lack seen with the old IE 6 version included with XP. Even if XP lacks the protected mode IE 8 will steer you away from "garbage" sites when using the two main security features Smart Screen and Suggested Sites options.
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14 Aug 2009   #9
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
probably...but at least the mode does what it intends to well...
Which is just one reason why UAC should be left on.
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14 Aug 2009   #10
slithernet

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail RTM, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

I bet the malware just isn't compatable like a lot of sites
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