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Browser security is similar in some respects to the MPG of your car; everyone might say it’s very important but the real value often doesn’t hit home until gas prices jump or budgets are tight. Similarly, consumers often only realize the importance of having a trusted, secure browser after they have been on the receiving end of some malicious act; at this point the damage may have already been done.
Hence browser developers must be vigilant and work hard to protect customers from attacks. The work of external organizations such as Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is also important in this effort. OTA is a non profit that contributes to the safety of products by facilitating collaboration on subjects pertinent to security, promoting practices that enhance product security, and contributing to public policy in online services. OTA also recognizes work done to improve the security of products.
Internet Explorer 8 is humbled to be recognized as the recipient of 2010 Excellence in Online Trust Award by (OTA) on September 23. This award represents a strong commitment by Microsoft and Internet Explorer to follow the OTA principles.
The Internet Explorer team has worked hard to create a browser that helps keep you safe online. The technologies present in IE8 that facilitate a safer browsing experience include:
The results of this work are self-evident. Back in July we announced that we had already blocked 1 billion attempts to download malware. Over the course of IE 9 Beta new security features will be introduced, such as the download reputation notification that warns users about higher risk downloads.
If you’re using an earlier version of Internet Explorer you should download Internet Explorer 9. With IE9 now in Beta, you can benefit from enhanced security features as well as from an all-round fast experience with our new clean UI that puts the focus on your sites.
Since I use IE8/9 in convination with MSE I've never had any problem with malware/virus/... again. In fact, I feel safe, which is good :)
InPrivate browsing is wonderful. I use it everyday, and I use it when someone wants to login in my computer, so they may be tranquil about none of their data being stored or tracked while they use it.
Again, congrats and keep the efforts on the future releases!
PS: Sorry for a bad English. It's not my main.
In our office the virus infection score for this year so far is IE8 users: 3, FF Users: 0.
Not sure why the SmartScreen filter failed to prevent the users from going to the infected web sites. Our Sophos anti virus software caught 2 of the 3 viruses, so only 1 virus was successful which was dealt with swiftly.
It would be nice if IE could provide a user friendly way of allowing users to block adverts (which is now a potential source of infection) and Java script/ Flash etc. This is done so easily with FF add-ons.
Correction: "If you’re using an earlier version of Internet Explorer, you should upgrade to Windows 7 so that you can use Internet Explorer 9".
Blanket blocking adverts isn't practical given the economics of the web - many web sites are funded through ad revenue. However, we've made improvements in IE9 Beta to how we handle and block malcious adverts served in web pages : ie.microsoft.com/.../Default.html
Unfortunately, some sites do not display correctly with IE9 Beta, so some people are forced to either keep using IE8 or keep a separate browser on their computers. I have Chrome installed along side IE9. No, I dont' want it - per se - but as long as IE9 is having issues with these websites I have no choice but to keep it.
Vista can use IE9, BTW, and I don't tend to believe the IE vs. FF things, since IE on Windows is way more secure than Firefox (Protected Mode, SmartScreen, etc.).
Bruno Probably you did not open yet IE8 or 9 , Otherway you will have to see problems,
First of all, Smart Screen Name already a problem name have to be Stupid Screen ,
Because; sometimes can be crazy,
" from zdnet,
“The SmartScreen Filter was unintentionally blocking a group of websites sites earlier today. The issue has been resolved and we apologize to the customers and sites that were affected. We understand the root cause and have taken preventive action. We take security seriously and are committed to delivering a trusted browsing experience.”
that like many news on net."
Your Smart Screen architecture contains the most stupid methods, anybody say mention a warning about our site and your developers at smart screen team are blocking the ip or file's name and then users can not access normal site and download our files, because they dont see our software as a safe one.
IE Smart Screen or Stupid Screen team just can look at what happen around but they do nothing, someone say there is a pishing , malware or virus and then your developers believe easly and they do not understand whether that site contains a virus or not because that someone said . Smart Screen cant mention about problem it just say that program or software contains virus without evidences and, ONE DAY YOU WİLL see JUST microsoft.com as a secure site or software because others will be BLOCKED by Smart Screen Microsoft IE can block all RIVALS, all other commercial, non commercial sites, files without a reason or report.
We are Horizon software located in horizonum.com, epiri.com already microsoft partner ( in paper ) we helped them in many times build some tools or software for Microsoft , when i saw our software blocked from Smart screen i was shocked, I looked for a reason why our software blocked.
I reported it to you 30 days ago, 20 days ago, 18 days ago or many times , our site and our file is safe, its past antivirus security tests are safe, You gave Windows 7 compatability but nobody answer about anything ,
And the architecture i can say , i think when Smartscreen architecture DIED it was already Born, because of stupid developers like you.
the Most STUPID job in the world , why ?
Because they collect informations from a database which contains unknown and unsecure data. And when a user opens a page or downloads a file the internet explorer 8 checks from your database to determine whether it contains virus or not.it helps peoples to slower connection because user have to access first Microsoft Database, Second serious problem all personal info which in my computer are collected by Microsoft. Third serious problem Microsoft Security team can lie about rivals solutions, websites, products etc or any software company or web site . .... reasons continue forever.
I offer Microsoft CEO to fix Stupidscreen to Smartscreen or fire all Employees about it. That is just losing money partner and customers. And many peoples think like me , below link proving it,
Smart screen is not solving any problem just adding new problems.
your mission and functionality conflict