NSS Labs, an independent security research and testing organization, that publishes respected reports on a range of security related topics, and is well known for their previous browser security reports. Most recently, they released a report specific to the EU in July that demonstrated IE8 and IE9 offered industry-leading protection against socially-engineered malware.
The new reports (one focused on data from across the globe, the other specific to Asia Pacific), shows 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.
Source: NSS Labs, August 2010 – Global Socially Engineered Malware Protection
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.
Source: NSS Labs, Asia, Global, Europe
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 SmartScreen and 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.