NSS Labs published a report called “ Web Browser Security – Protection Against Socially Engineered Malware”.
NSS Labs results show that Microsoft internet Explorer RC1 able to catch 69% catch rate against Malware as compare to Apple Safari (24%) ,Mozilla Firefox v3.07(30%), Google Chrome v1.0.154916%), Opera v9.64(5%) and Microsoft IE7(4%). This data clearly show that Microsoft IE7 does not provide any protection against malware.
AVERAGE TIME TO BLOCK MALICIOUS SITES
The following histogram shows how long it took the browsers under test to block the threat once it was introduced into the test cycle. Cumulative protection rates are listed for the ‘zero hour’, and then the first 5 days. Final protection scores for the URL test duration are summarized under “Total” column. Generally, at least half of a browser’s total protection was achieved in the zero hour. But, Internet Explorer 8 continued to add as much as 24% of additional protection over the course of the test. Other browsers added between 8 and 18%.
The results showed great variations in the abilities of the browsers to protect against web-based malware, with IE8 protecting users from 26% more malicious URLs than its nearest competitor, Mozilla Firefox. In fact, the impact of IE8’s SmartScreen can be clearly seen over the protection offered by IE7, indicating a compelling reason for existing IE users to upgrade.
Report clearly showed that Microsoft Internet Explorer RC1 perform far better then its nearest competitor. Protecting against socially engineered malware and adds an excellent layer of protection on top of other endpoint protection solutions. Mozilla Firefox achieved just over 30% protection rating against malware. Neither Opera nor Microsoft IE7 offered much protection, achieving 5% and 4% protection ratings respectively.