Internet Explorer 8 Adjudged Most Secure Browser by Microsoft-funded Report

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vphatak

NSS Labs did NOT state that Internet Explorer was the "most secure" browser anywhere in either report.  In fact, if you read the report you will find that it states the test was NOT about the security of the browser itself, but the added layer of protection offered by each.  Hence warning about Phishing sites and Socially Engineered Malware downloads.

Also, NSS Labs did not state that IE8 was the best at Phishing protection.  It stated that Firefox 3 & IE8 were statistically tied.  It did say that IE8 was significantly better than all other browsers at preventing downloads of socially engineered malware (i.e. codecs infected with trojans, etc.)

All of which is besides the point:  Scientific testing is verifiable and reproducible.  NSS Labs report provided the methodology as well as detailed results for anyone to verify and reproduce the results.

--> Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, but not his/her own facts.

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b_c_pc

This remindes me of the cigarette company funded lab tests done in the 1960's that conclusively demonstrated smoking did NOT cause cancer.

Yea, right...

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nekollx

 A wise man once said:

Guns don't kill people...it these LITTLE HARD THINGS!

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robotsneedhugs2

Just use Firefox with add-ons like AdBlock and NoScript.

 

Also, WOT

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vphatak

This test was about phishing and "socially engineered" malware, not exploits against browsers.  Meaning someone intentionally downloaded software that contained malware (i.e. video codecs & warez software) or might be conned into giving up personal information on a Phishing site. 

If you read the actual reports, you will see that they clearly state this.

NoScript and AdBlock both protect against browser exploits.  But exploits were NOT the topic of these research reports.  However all of the tested web browsers make claims to protect users from malware and phishing - the topic of these reports.

Please read the reports and see if you feel the same way afterwards.  Some of the "journalists" have either

a) not done their homework and read the actual reports

b) are intentionally misrepresenting the results in order to make the story "controversial"

c) don't understand the difference between exploits, malware and phishing.

d) all of the above

 

Read the reports and then decide for yourself.

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popstop785

I am partial to Firefox, but do find myself using IE8 as my secondary browser. IMO, IE8 is a big improvment over the recent IE browsers. That is just my personal view though.

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zerokool

 LoL!

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People should know when they have been conquired!

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Hutif

IE get 81% and the runner-up get 27% ... Iranian elections, anyone?

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nmanguy

I use Firefox because I like the addons, but right now, IE8 is MUCH better overall than 6 and 7 ever were, and safer too, and I'm less likely to say "Hey, try out Firefox, it's better, faster and safer" to someone running it.

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mrvander

They were invited by the lab doing the testing, not Microsoft. Not only that - they were invited to FUND the test, not participate (all the browsers were tested regardless of the funding request.) Microsoft is the only one who coughed up money which is why the results of this test are in question. All the other browsers WERE tested - the respective companies just didn't shell out any money to the lab.

 Read beyond the headline.

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nekollx

 evenodder, Scurina PSI is running right now, of Firefox, Chrome and IE8 only IE8 has a security flag, and it isn't in a module its inthe actual IE8 EXE

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mattman059

It just bothers me a little bit that Microsoft won a Microsoft sponsored test......Theres just something not right about that.

Do you know why the other browsers didnt respond??? It's because they arent STUPID! they werent born yesterday...If your biggest rival invited you to have your software tested to see if it was better than theirs..and THEY were paying for it, would you do it?

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zerokool

I'm sure if Apple sponsored it then there would be no debateing of it's results am I right? At least Microsoft fixes their security holes promptly. This could be why it's more secure, need more specifics I agree...

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chemguyca

Who was it that paid the bills for that study again? Isn't the world full of small coincedences?

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zerokool

 Yet another argument MS fan boys can use to counter Apple fan boys. Let the battle rage on!!!

 

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doomgrunt

Why would you use this, a test that is possibly false, for an Apple vs. Microsoft debate? If there was no questions about the test's integrity, and IE still came out on top, then it would be good for an argument.

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snapple00

He is still trying to justify spending 3000 on an outdated laptop that can't run much of anything.

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