Microsoft Launches New Browser Security Test; Declares Themselves the Winners

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CalDrumr

I'd rather bash my head into the wall repeatedly than use Internet Explorer.

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jesse_n_sf

then you deserve all the viruses that comes your way. Read my post under this.

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jesse_n_sf

Think about it guys. Microsoft knows people will find this out.... That was their intention. Their main target was you reading this article. This website proves that your browser is vulnerable because it can be masked to look like another browser. Use IE9 and try to make it think it's another browser. That would be interesting to see when going to this site.

 

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This website is not actually testing your browser, It's score is determined by 3 party security analysis companies. These tests were made before this site has even been built. So what you guys did was fool yourselves. Also this site just informs the user about the benefits of having a modern browser. If this site was to "Actually" test your browser it would inform you to install a plugin to perform the test.

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qu3becker

Ah, tried it with Opera 12 Alpha on Windows 7 x64, gave me that it could get me a score.

Used the feature to mask Opera to be recongnized as Internet Explorer and boom. 4 on 4. Silly Microsoft. That is no test/benchmark at all.

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timlider

FireFox 7 = 2 out of 4

FireFox 7 with IE Tab (Site in IE Tab) 4 out of 4.

This is so bias. They don't take in account for anti-Virus or Internet Security Softwar either.

 

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Vano

The score is irrelevant. What important is the explanation of the score.

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jesse_n_sf

The score was predetermined by 3rd party security analysis companies. And nowhere on that site does it tell you or even give you a link to install IE9. You are fooling yourself if you are spoofing your browser to make websites think that it's IE9. The security ratings are updated every time a browser updates it's version or adds new security features that are a part of the browser manufacturers browser software that they included in an update.

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zaphodbeeblebrox 42

and your profile picture. seriously wtf is that?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Since Google pretty much owns Future US, you guys will certainly be proving Microsoft wrong with your own tests in the near future.

I'll never use IE to surf beyond the occasional trips to my local online newspaper. IE has let my computer get hijacked too many times in the past for me to ever trust it again. FireFox and NoScript are the only way to fly....

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warptek2010

If yourbrowsermatters.org is indeed rigged then it is very easy for a coder or Mozilla itself to expose the site for what it is. Have Mozzilla simply use a hacked version of their latest browser to make the site think it's sniffing out IE9. If the returning score is a 4 then bingo, hand em their lunch. 

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kkern

It appears to be rigged ... I just used the Atomic Browser on the iPad and used the "Identify As Browser" option.

  • Default Identity = can't score my browser
  • IE9 = 4 out of 4
  • IE8 = 2 out of 4 (I think)
  • IE7 = 1 out of 4
  • IE6 = 0 out of 4
  • Firefox 5 = can't score my browser

Just changed the option and reloaded the page ... it looks bogus.

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praetor_alpha

Just another MS marketing exec talking out of his ass, probably.

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Ubunterooster

Try "certainly"

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ferariman

they didnt like opera on windows 7 either

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kkern

Apparently my browsers don't matter ...

Chrome/Firefox/Safari on OSX and Firefox on Ubuntu - "We can't give you a score for  your browser."

 

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Engelsstaub

It's actually good to know that the "most secure" browser is only available on the least secure (by a very wide margin) platform.

But seriously: I just have Chrome installed and synched across all of my OSes/computers. (That would include Ubuntu, Fedora, OS X, and even Windows 7.) Makes my life less complicated. I guess I could do the same with Firefox. Their browser is decent enough.

...Internet Exploder... For f___'s sake.

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SilverSurferNHS

ive tried doing it with ff, and while its possible, its not nearly as intuitive:
ffsync (which needs a signup and login) has a stupid system for syncing "devices" [btw it crashed just now damnit]
then siphon has to be downloaded to sync (again, including a signup/ sign in) extensions - but wont sync themes
so then i download my theme... but my extensions sometimes don't have the latest beta release... which fixes problems w/ latest releases

setup with chrome:
google account sign in to sync... done 

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0ly1r3m@1ns

really i find my firefox on linux never gets viruses........

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thetechchild

There are lots of web-based attacks that affect Firefox (i.e. no actual executables have to be downloaded and run)... Just because malware on Linux is rare, doesn't mean Firefox is exempt from protecting against phishing, XSS, and all that good (bad) stuff.

That being said... Firefox on Linux (or even better, OpenBSD) is a hell of a lot better than IE. Of course, you still have to be somewhat of an idiot (read : tech-illiterate) to A) use IE and B) manage to get malware on your computer.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

yup haha firefox with no script and ad block is the most sequre web browser ive used but i do use chrome when i need to load a page with lots of stuff on it. but ie is where i got most of my viruses (well they treid to install any way)

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MastaGuy

How to be safe on the internet:

Don't use stuff that gives you free stuff

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iceman08

you mean torrents are bad?

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reutnes

They certainly have the potential to be bad.  You think the person who packed up the torrent for distribution somehow can't slip something in to hurt your computer?  yeah, you can look at the files before you start downloading, but then again that never stopped anyone from downloading "justin_beiber.exe.mp3" from frostwire or some shit.

The ultimate security does not lie in any software.. It's all about the person at the keyboard.  I haven't seen a virus on my own machines in over a decade.  My entire security regimen is running malwarebytes once every couple of months.  My dad on the other hand, has a subscription to NOD32 and runs firefox with noscript and adblock and insists on confirming or denying every single connection to and from his computer. I'm cleaning viruses out of his computer every other week.  What's the difference?  I'm not a fucking idiot.  He uses torrents, too.

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