30 March 2010
According to one study, anyway.
A recently released report claims that Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) is more than twice as effective at blocking malware sites than its nearest rival.
According to NSS Labs, which conducted the Microsoft-sponsored study, IE8 blocked 69% of the 492 malware-distributing Web sites that were included in the survey data. Mozilla’s Firefox, meanwhile, blocked only 30% of those same sites.
That the study was paid for by Microsoft doesn’t help its credibility (check out some of the complaints that are cropping up), but it’s worth considering as a single data point.
I consider browser security to be a crucial pillar of overall system security at this point. Malware infected sites, which can include otherwise trustworthy sites that have been hacked, are becoming fairly common.
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