IE9: Leading browser in fending off malware

We’ve been bringing you news on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 browser, due for release next year, and recently have posted about new IE9 security features and also about how IE9 will have tracking protection. Now we hear news that the new browser which is still only at the beta stage, has come top in a study of anti-malware tactics and technologies.

Gregg Keizer over on Computerworld reports that in the Microsoft-funded study it was found that IE9’s anti-malware score was 99%, blocking more dangerous downloads and malicious sites than any other browser. This was put down to its Application Reputation feature which applies an algorithm which determines the likelihood of a download being legitimate software.

NSS Labs which conducted the survey, reported that IE9 was five times more likely than its nearest rival, Mozilla Firefox, to caution users about potential risks. The current Microsoft browser IE8 scored 9% less than the new IE9.

However it’s worth noting that Stuart J. Johnson over on internetnews.com, sourced from eSecurity Planet, reports that at least one competitor has challenged the findings of the study, pointing out not only that it was sponsored by Microsoft but also that the test did not measure vulnerabilities in plugins or the browser itself. What do you think about the findings from this study? We’d be interested in hearing your comments.