Internet Explorer 9 Leads Malware Protection with SmartScreen Security Feature
23 August 2011, Manila, Philippines – The Web has rapidly evolved into an extensive hub of information,
bringing about a constantly growing number of individuals who are transferring their personal data online and
are using the internet as a platform to interact with other users from different parts of the globe. With this
phenomenon, Web browsers play a very significant role against protecting users from malicious online threats
and keeping them safe from socially-engineered malwares (SEM).
“Users are always looking for a browser that will let them explore the Web without worrying about unnecessary
nuisances and Microsoft provides them with a tool that gives them just that,” said Mae Moreno, Windows Client
Product Manager, Microsoft Philippines. “With Internet Explorer 9, users are not only equipped with a browser
that will allow them to unlock the beauty of the Web, but also give them an experience that is rich, fast and
Microsoft’s latest version of the popular Web browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), builds on the security features
of its predecessors and is designed to be the most trusted browser because it contains a robust set of built-in
security, privacy and reliability technologies that keep customers safe online.
NSS Labs, an independent security research and testing organization, recently released reports demonstrating the
progress made by Internet Explorer 9 in terms of online security. Results show that Microsoft is leading the
industry in protecting users against malware with Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) blocking 99-percent of live threats
at an increased speed at which it is able to identify malware.
According to NSS Labs, “IE9 caught an exceptional 99.8% of the live threats, of which 95% were blocked with
SmartScreen URL Reputation, and an additional 4.8% with Application Reputation.” To illustrate the findings,
the graph below compares the protection offered by various browsers against socially engineered malware attacks,
as well as highlights that IE9 is the leading browser with the highest block rate and best protection against
In addition to this, the report also states, “IE9 with SmartScreen offers the best protection of any
browser against social engineered malware.”
IE9 provides the first Download Manager with integrated SmartScreen malware protection and introduces SmartScreen download
reputation. SmartScreen download reputation is a groundbreaking browser feature that uses reputation data to remove unnecessary
warnings for well-known files, and show more severe warnings when the download has a higher risk of being malicious. Users today
are often conditioned to ignore generic warnings that are shown for every download. Other browsers show the same warning whether
a file is an extremely common program or a piece of malware created literally minutes ago. IE9 is the only browser that uses
download reputation to help users make safety decisions.
“IE9 help users unlock a faster, more beautiful Web with the confidence that they are using a tool that is
reliable and safe to use,” concluded Moreno.
For more information on the features and benefits of Internet Explorer 9,
visit http://www.BeautyoftheWeb.com, and enjoy a more beautiful
and more trusted Web by downloading IE9. For more information on Microsoft and its latest offerings,
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