Satisfactory performance of IE 8 blocks malicious website


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A study found that for blocking malicious website which can lure internet users to download virus or trojan, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 is not only leading four other commonly used web browsers: Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, but also the leading margin is growing up.

Research report from Product analysis firm NSS Labs point that: Windows Internet Explorer 8 provides the best protection to help protect against social engineered malicious software. Such malicious software can lure internet users to trust a website, but the website has been embedded with malicious software, and can be directly downloaded to the victim’s computer and execute it.

Reporting statistics is done by testing 562 this kind of website, and IE8 blocked 85% of them, the best performer. Compare with, Mozilla Firefox 3.5.7 and Apple Safari 4.0.4 each of them can block 29% of them. Google Chrome 4.0.249.78 blocks 17%, while Opera 10.10 can only block less than 1% of the malicious websites.

General speaking, the test of NSS Labs is first collected 12,000 malicious sites, and then confirmed that 562 of them still in operation with definition of social engineering malware sites, and then run the test.

Remember, the browser security has also include other important aspects, such as plug-ins , JavaScript, or implementation of security-oriented plug-in, functions of block drive-by exploits, and security vulnerability response time.

Edited By Henry Lu

New Web browsing, searching three times faster


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Apple has launched the latest version of Safari 4 beta, the industry claimed that the implementation speed of JavaScript commands is 4.2 times faster than Safari 3, and its JavaScript and HTML page loading performance is far better than Microsoft’s IE 7 and Mozilla FireFox 3.

Apple said, Safari 4 contains the world’s most advanced browser technology, including new Nitro JavaScript engine, the implementation of JavaScript is 30 times faster than IE 7, 3 times faster than Firefox 3; Safari displays HTML pages 3 times faster than both IE 7 and Firefox 3.

Apple Safari 4 also joined with all the software that has Cover Flow interface, which allows users to recall browsing history like reading the album cover. According to Net Applications statistics, Safari currently has about 8% market share, still falls behind Microsoft IE and Firefox.

The new beta version of Safari is available for download in Apple’s web site. Mac users need Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 and the latest Apple security updates, or Intel Mac pair up with Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11, or Mac with G3 and above. For Microsoft users, there has to be Microsoft Windows XP SP 2 or Vista.

Edited By Dan Li

Which Browser is the safest? Opera won over Firefox


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Do you know which browser you normally use is the safest and with least security breaches?

Recently, Security Warning Website-Secunia has released their 2008 security report. According the security breaches test for the four most popular browsers last year, the most insecure browser was Firefox, since it had more security breaches than Microsoft IE. Only last year, Firefox was reported to have 115 security breaches, and Safari following it has second most security breaches-32 security breaches last year. IE has 31 security breaches while Opera only have 30 last year.

However, Secunia also pointed out that although Firefox had so many security breaches last year, the speed of Firefox releasing the patch for serious security bugs is much faster than that of IE. For example, it took 43 days for Firefox to develop the patch for three serious bugs while it took 110 days for IE to release patches for only 2 serious bugs. There was one bug even took 294 days for IE to patch the program. The slower the browser releases its patch, the higher the risk it will be for the users to expose to dangers.

Recently, browser has become the most essential software in the market. Furthermore, in the future, more operations will be made through browsers and all the work will be stored on the Internet. All of these facts make the security of browsers become even more important. Although the speed for the supplier to post their security patch is different, the security experts remind the users that they should updated the patch as soon as it is released. Update the security patch without delay is the way to guarantee the security in the web world.

Edited By Vicky Yin

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