Security, a new stake for browsers

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A recent NSS Labs report reveals that Internet Explorer 9 appears to be the most secure browser in the world.

This survey sparked off interrogations, as you can wonder about exposition to risks on the Internet, depending on what browser you choose. We are thus going to have a look at this report, whose goal is to answer a simple question: What is the most secure browser? What to make of the answer, summed up in one sentence: results are in favour of Internet Explorer 9.

NSS Labs established a series of tests over 6 months, to which the following browsers were submitted: Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 7-13, Apple Safari 5, and Google Chrome 15-19.

After more than 750,000 cases studied, the conclusion of the report was unquestionable, as the IE 9 browser managed to block 95% of detected threats. And security is clearly the main concern for editors, first to reassure users, but also to use it as a promotional tool.

The title of the NSS report is rather explicit in this regard: Is Your Browser Putting You at Risk? This Free report can be downloaded here Part 1 - General Malware Blocking, and Part 2 Click Fraud. This series examines the effectiveness of leading browsers to block malware.

It is important to note that attacks on websites are mainly aimed at plugins like Flash, Java, QuickTime and Adobe Reader. In order to avoid infections, you have to update your software, so that your system is less exposed to attacks via the exploitation of a breach in security when you visit a site. In other words, the vulnerability of a computer depends first and foremost on the level of security the user has adopted.

It is worth noting that browsers like Firefox and Chrome work on this principle of user experience. Everyone determines the level of security of their browser via add-ons that are added according to the threats.

Obviously, during a test of resistance to threats on the web, it is appropriate to add those security add-ons to compare the levels of protection they offer. This will allow users to get an idea of the level of security offered by the main leaders of the market, while keeping in mind that no browser is immune to a zero-day flaw.

La sécurité, nouveau cheval de bataille des navigateurs, originally published in French.

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