Internet Explorer 8 Safest Browser Available. WHAT???

Filed as News on August 15, 2009 10:30 pm

Internet Explorer logoSeeing on a Saturday morning an entry titled Most Secure Browser: Internet Explorer 8 in my feedreader certainly did not help my hangover and having read the entry 3 times now I think I still am living a vivid Friday night session. Bloggers love Firefox and many of us will never change because of the flexibility and extensions available for Firefox. You need to know it though: the safest browser out there is Internet Explorer 8!

I am sure you now all have fired up IE8 of course. Nor did I, but that’s mainly because I’m on a Mac and have not touched Windows at all anymore since I switched two years ago. Still it is a fact now and Microsoft Evangelist Giorgio Sardo published the results of a security poll, conducted by NSS Labs among the 5 top browsers and Internet Explorer 8 came out on top.

Especially in the malware detection department IE8 scored very well and left any other browser far behind.

  • Internet Explorer 8 “was by far the best”, thanks to the SmartScreen® Filter technology
  • Firefox 3 “comes in a distant second”
  • Safari 4 presented a declined compared to the previous tests, with two short periods of sever security dips
  • Chrome 2 performed very consistently, albeit very poorly

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Also in the phishing detection department IE8 scored best, closely followed by Firefox 3 (with the Google anti-phishing add-on).

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In both tests the fast Safari and Google Chrome browsers performed rather badly and the three people using Opera (OK, four) also better know what links they click. You can read more and see examples at Giorgio’s blog or dicover the truth about the poll.
I will gladly continue using Safari 4 and give everyone details to my empty bank account.

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  1. By Mike Abundo posted on August 15, 2009 at 11:31 pm
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    Ah, Microsoft. Keep us in stitches.

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  2. By Chad posted on August 16, 2009 at 12:31 am
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    I have IE 8 on a Windows 7 install, and yes, they way they are shipping IE 8 just may be a little more secure than Firefox, et al. The problem is, it seems as if they’ve simply turned everything off by default in IE 8. Given the same settings (ie javascript and java applets) turned off, and the other little things that most websites require to work these days turned off, it may be a little more secure. That said, I doubt IE 8 will stack up as well with the settings evenly matched. It’s kinda like Microsoft boasting about how secure Windows is…when not connected to a network……

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  3. By Darnell Clayton posted on August 16, 2009 at 12:40 am
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    One of the commenter’s in Ars Technia said it best:

    In a report sponsored by me, it turns out that I’m the greatest lover of all time – easily beating the likes of Rudolph Valentino, Giacomo Casanova and Don Juan.

    Quelle surprise!

    Microsoft either needs to get everyone on board, or have someone else fund the test. Otherwise these tests are going to prove nothing to the average person.

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  4. By David Freid posted on August 16, 2009 at 2:17 am
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    I am running into problems with the fill forms add on. I just started with ie8 last week and will try a fresh download before going back to ie7.

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  5. By Christian posted on August 16, 2009 at 3:14 am
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    Chad’s right. They do nothing more than leave the defauts set to a higher tollerance. Not to say that it isn’t a vast improvement over previous IE versions, but I believe that Firefox + NoScript + AdBlock Plus = Best browser security

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  6. By Shaon posted on August 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm
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    I don’t know what they added in IE 8 . If you see in task manager they generate new process for each tab.

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  7. By Kenneth Young posted on September 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm
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    It would be great if there was next to 100% security while using browsers like Firefox as they have so many great add on features however with every great invention comes a matter of security.

    Kenneth

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  8. By _tia_ posted on September 22, 2009 at 12:10 am
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    I’m one of the five (cause yes, we’re five not four :) ) Opera users, and yes, we have to be careful what links we click on, but at least we don’t have to care about a ton of vulnerabilities. The Symantech Internet Security Threat Report for 2009 says IE is still the worst.. and Opera the best!

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  9. By Insurance olympia posted on December 9, 2010 at 4:46 am
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    Ya, but the thing is Microsoft watches everything you do! Firefox is far more private!

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  10. By Insurance olympia posted on December 9, 2010 at 4:48 am
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    Not only do they get into your personal business they share it with other companies! Its so wrong.

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