Linked by David Adams on Tue 16th Aug 2011 16:43 UTC, submitted by HAL2001
Internet Explorer Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 has proved once again to be the best choice when it comes to catching attacks aimed at making the user download Web-based malware. This claim was made by NSS Labs in the recently released results of a test conducted globally from May 27 through June 10 of the current year, which saw five of the most popular Web browsers pitted against each other. Windows Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), Google Chrome 12, Mozilla Firefox 4, Apple Safari 5 and Opera 11 were tested with 1,188 malicious URLs - links that lead to a download that delivers a malicious payload or to a website hosting malware links.
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Only a component of the defense
by BlueofRainbow on Wed 17th Aug 2011 01:15 UTC
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Impressive for IE.

However, resisting the tempting click on a "too-good-to-be-true" offer and having minimal user privileges/rights (i.e. no install possible) while browsing would go a long way to minimize threats when using the other browsers.

What is a bit scary with the presence of black and white lists of urls in the cloud, and an absolute reliance on them for protection, is the possibility that a highly determined/motivated individual/group would break into the system and manipulate the lists to their advantage. Also, one could think of a concerted attack on the entire system - akin to a D.O.S. - preventing the communication of the updates of the lists to the users in within a reasonable time frame.

What may even be more scary is that this kind of published results will allow IE to keep its hold as the IT-blessed browser in the corporate world which is generally paranoid about security.

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