Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) has once again proved that when it comes to security it still ranks top when compared to other web browsers. NSS Labs performed a series of recurring, standardized testing of web browser security and this included rating protection against socially-engineered malware and phishing attacks. When it comes to blocking malwares IE8 is the clear winner and other browser no where close to it.
The testing was conducted on 5 main web browsers:
- Apple Safari 4
- Google Chrome 4
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
- Mozilla Firefox 3.5
- Opera 10
IE8 was able to catch 85% of all the live threats and IE8 beat the next browser by a whopping 56% margin. Moreover IE8 has improved 4% than the previous test conducted in 2009.
IE8 comes with the SmartScreen Filter, a security feature designed to protect customers from web-based attacks. Microsoft claims that since the introduction of IE8 in March 2009, SmartScreen has blocked over 560 million attempts to download malware, recently averaging over 3 million blocks per day.
There is a general perception that IE8 is not the best when compared to the likes of Firefox and Chrome. Well this test once again proves that IE8 is very much superior to other web browsers after all security is one thing which cannot be compromised.