NSS Labs Deems IE9 as Most Secure Browser

  • Security

NSS Labs, an information security research and testing organization, announced theresults of a test they did on Web Browser Security Comparative Test Reports against Socially-Engineered Malware. The tests had two components: one global, and one Asia-Pacific test. The reports examined different web browsers and how they rank in performance against socially-engineered fraud prevention.

Browsers tested in the report include:

  • Apple Safari 5
  • Google Chrome 12
  • Windows Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)
  • Mozilla Firefox 4
  • Opera 11

Out of the five browsers, IE9 ranked the highest and continues to improve their fraud prevention protection through its SmartScreen Filter and SmartScreen Application Reputation technologies.

According to NSS, the key findings show:

  • Browsers can offer an additional layer of protection beyond antivirus.
  • Results varied from Q3 2010 test, with IE9, Chrome, and Opera showing improvement, while Firefox and Safari decreased in protection.
  • Microsofts IE9 achieved over 99% in protection results with the new Application Reputation feature.

From the press release, NSS said, Socially engineered malware (SEM) remains the most common security threat facing Internet users today, claiming one third of internet users as victims. These attacks pose a significant risk to individuals and organizations by threatening to compromise, damage, or acquire sensitive personal and corporate information. European and American users have found themselves particular targets of malware authors over the last 12 months. North America has consistently been the primary host of malicious URLs, while users in Asia have been victims of the greatest number of malicious URLs.