Is your browser keeping you safer online?

Research in the newly released Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 11 reveals how social engineering techniques contribute to the spread of computer infections. Attacks that require user-interaction (social engineering) to spread accounted for 45% of the attacks analyzed in the report.    In addition, old or out-of-date browsers are easier targets for attacks than browsers that are current.

According to data from Net Applications, 25% of all browsers are not up to date. This means approximately 340 million computers worldwide might be at increased risk of infection as a result of malware spread via social engineering techniques.    

Today Microsoft launched the website, YourBrowserMatters.org, to show how updated browsers can help to keep you safer online and why a browser is the first line of defense against infection.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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26 comments
  1. Anonymous

    So far I think it is great @ 4/4 on browser protection.  Thanks

  2. Anonymous

    very useful info. many thanks to windows

  3. Anonymous

    Can't wait to get the licence for Windows 7 so I can use IE9. :)

  4. Anonymous

    I Don't know why I have to say it?Everyone in the world knows Microsoft is the best any and every thing they do!!

  5. Anonymous

    Thanks for windows

  6. Anonymous

    That"s why Windows is Windows!…Thanks a lot!

  7. Anonymous

    excellent learning material about protection

  8. Anonymous

    Excellent learning material about protection from microsoft.

  9. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for this very important information.  I am using Windows 7

  10. Anonymous

    tested two browsers, "we can't give you a score", we don't have any data for your browser

    so it doesn't actually test your browser, just looks it up in a table. it relies on tests done by others, and doesn't dynamically update as things change

  11. Anonymous

    Apparently, it only checks Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox.

    Other browsers need not apply :-(

  12. Anonymous

    It is absolutely wonderful that Microsoft has finally taken the responsibility to keep us safe from malicious people. We have been waiting for this for a long time. Thank you MS!

  13. Anonymous

    Thank you for this information.  It is comforting to know that you can help with the problems.  

  14. Anonymous

    I frequently get the message "not responding" and my computer locks up.

  15. Anonymous

    I have tried to download helps for trouble shooting but they don't download.

    I appreciate MSN.  I have Security_Essestials for virus protection.

  16. Anonymous

    You guys sound like you work for Microsoft.

    "Can't wait to get the licence for Windows 7 so I can use IE9. :)"

    "Thanks for windows"

    LOL, really?

    Except Andrew, he's not being paid for his opinion

  17. Anonymous

    Thanks for this utility and the security alert emails.

    Marvin Mulligan

  18. Elliot V.

    Wow!  Thank you!  Both of my browsers received a 4/4: Chromium 16 and IE9!  Keep up the great work!  

  19. Anonymous

    What is 4 out of 4?  I can't find the meaning.  I click on it and it just goes to same black block?

  20. Anonymous

    I guess I was taken in by this promo. I have been using Firefox as my default but it didn't score well so switched back to IE. Now I remember why I left IE in the first place. I'd rather have a browser that works consistently then one that has a mysterious score. Bye bye IE. If MS fixes its product I'll try again.

  21. Anonymous

    4/4… great..  thanx microsoft windows

  22. Anonymous

    It never occurred to me that the browser could have such an impact on security.

    Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  23. Anonymous

    thanks ,very usefull info

  24. Anonymous

    Have to agree with Brad, do most of you work for MS? :)

    Mind you, I do like MS and I am happy with my Win XP SP3 OS and the integrated nature of the Office tools.

    But, I find the scoring provided for this page very geared toward giving Internet Explorer (IE) as many points as possible.

    For instance, sand boxing the browser in a proper way like chrome does surely should be given a higher points value instead of some minor fraction of 1 point.

    Also, NoScript is not supported on IE to block JavaScript, Java, etc by default.  To make matters worse, IE has ActiveX scripting.  So, not only does it leave the front door open, it leaves the back door open too.

    And yes, IE 9 is a leap ahead of IE 8 for several reasons including performance and some interesting new security features.

    Unfortunately MS has chosen to leave out half of the user base which are still on XP SP3.  So, just one more reason I will to continue using Chrome, Firefox or Opera.

    BTW, XP SP3 uses much less memory than Win 7 and performance benchmarks shows it runs just as fast.  If using XP as a non-admin user, the OS is solid.

  25. Anonymous

    Thanks for the 4/4 rating. When should I upgrade to 9?

  26. Anonymous

    4 out of 4 appears to be good, but when I click "What does this mean?" — nothing happens

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