While the web is a wonderful place, there are many dangers online that can put you
and your computer at risk. The browser is the first line of defense against attacks
from the web and it plays an important role along with
anti-virus and other security software to help keep you safe online. In
Internet Explorer, the
SmartScreen filter helps protect users from socially engineered malware
attacks by stopping an attack before it has a chance to infect your PC.
Today NSS Labs, an independent
security research and testing organization,
released two reports which show that SmartScreen continues to offer the
industry leading protection against socially engineered malware. According to the
global NSS report, “IE9 caught an exceptional 96% of the live threats with
SmartScreen URL reputation, and an additional 3.2% with Application Reputation.”
The graph below compares the test results from various browsers and shows that Internet
Explorer blocks 5X more malware than competitive browsers.
The other reports looked at socially engineered malware targeted towards people
living in the
Asia Pacific region and in
Europe. As you can see below, in each region the results remained consistent
– Internet Explorer 9 maintains a lead in protecting users from live threats.
We continue to improve the quality and protection SmartScreen technology offers;
this is evident in how much faster SmartScreen is in blocking malware. Since the
October 2010 NSS report, the average time taken by SmartScreen filter to
block a threat has gotten 28% faster, if Application Reputation is considered, then
the average time has improved by 85%.
Not only has the effectiveness of the technology improved, but so has the speed
at which it is able to identify socially engineered malware. For our customers this
translates into fewer infections and headaches.
Internet Explorer is designed with your security and
privacy in mind. Innovative features such as
Application Reputation are examples of technologies that help protect
you as you browse from an increasingly prevalent threat –
socially engineered malware. According to
Bruce Hughes from AVG Technologies, “Users are 4 times more likely to
come into contact with social engineering tactics as opposed to a site serving an
exploit.” As this threat becomes
more common consumers need better protection and the SmartScreen filter
in Internet Explorer is designed to
directly address this threat.
When it comes to browsing the web safely, your browser choice matters. If you haven’t
already done so,
download Internet Explorer 9 and experience a safer browsing experience.