An independent security product company named NSS Labs has found Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 to be the most secure browser to date.
Testing Safari 4, Google Chrome 2, Internet Explorer IE 8, Firefox 3, and Opera 10 beta over a two-week period in July indicated that IE 8 was supposedly the best browser at blocking phishing and malware attacks.
Firefox 3 equaled IE 8 in catching “social-engineering” phishing attacks.
“Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3 were the most consistent in the high level of protection they offered,” the NSS Labs study said. When it came to blocking malicious software, malware, IE 8 caught 81 percent of the “live threats” as compared with the 54-percent finish by the second-place Firefox.
What is important to note however is that the entire project was sponsored by Microsoft. As Ars Technica points out, that’s not to say that IE 8 isn’t a drastic improvement on previous versions of the browser, with specific reference to security but the report needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
NSS Labs President did respond in regard to sponsoship and said “this stuff is expensive to do right, and we need to monetize it somehow,” … “We invited Google, Mozilla, Apple, Opera to participate, but they didn’t even bother to respond, except for Opera, which stated they “don’t really focus on malware.”