NSS Labs Deems IE9 as Most Secure Browser

, an information security research and testing organization, announced
of a test they did on Web Browser Security Comparative Test Reports against
Socially-Engineered Malware. The tests had two components: one global, and one
Asia-Pacific test. The reports examined different web browsers and how they
rank in performance against socially-engineered fraud prevention.

Browsers tested in the report

  • Apple
    Safari 5
  • Google
    Chrome 12
  • Windows
    Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)
  • Mozilla
    Firefox 4
  • Opera

Out of the five
browsers, IE9 ranked the highest and continues to improve their fraud prevention
through its SmartScreen Filter and SmartScreen Application
Reputation technologies.

According to NSS, the key findings show:

  • Browsers
    can offer an additional layer of protection beyond antivirus.
  • Results
    varied from Q3 2010 test, with IE9, Chrome, and Opera showing improvement,
    while Firefox and Safari decreased in protection.
  • Microsofts
    IE9 achieved over 99% in protection results with the new Application
    Reputation feature.

the press release, NSS said, Socially engineered malware (SEM) remains the
most common security threat facing Internet users today, claiming one third of
internet users as victims. These attacks pose a significant risk to individuals
and organizations by threatening to compromise, damage, or acquire sensitive
personal and corporate information. European and American users have found
themselves particular targets of malware authors over the last 12 months. North
America has consistently been the primary host of malicious URLs, while users
in Asia have been victims of the greatest number of malicious URLs.

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