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Windows 7: IE8 SmartScreen in action

23 Nov 2009   #1
SGT Oddball

IE8 SmartScreen in action

Last week at PDC, as we were about to start talking to people about IE9, I saw the following notification from my Facebook account:
From: Facebook []
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 10:05 AM

Dina posted something on your Wall and wrote:

"funny vid of u, you see it?;hTTP://www.N70.InFO/2d"

To see your Wall or to write on Dina's Wall, follow the link below:


The Facebook Team

The message was from someone I know pretty well, and I believed the message. The address itself ( wasn’t that suspicious; there are a lot of URL shortening services, and the .info domain has many legitimate sites on it. So I clicked the it:

and thought – whew.

IE8’s SmartScreen now blocks malware sites over two million times a day. IE8 offers a lot of protection from real-world attacks: phishing protection, a cross-site scripting filter, and Protected Mode (I may run as an administrator, but my browser doesn’t). With attacks on the rise, using (or upgrading to) a browser with this much protection is more important than ever. IE8 also offers great reliability because of process-isolation, and offers users the ability to manage add-ons that affect performance and stability. InPrivate Browsing and InPrivate Filtering are also quite handy.

I wrote back to my friend, and she was surprised. You can read Facebook’s guidance about what to do if this happens to you or a friend.

Dean Hachamovitch


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