Internet Explorer 10 blocks more malware than Chrome or Firefox, test finds

May 15, 2013 – 4:44 PM

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 is better at blocking malware downloads than rivals Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera thanks to superior URL and application reputation technology, a new test by NSS Labs has found.

Browser security has been getting more and more layered and complex.  How it works and whether it works is probably a complete mystery to even the most attentive browser users but the NSS Labs study found marked and surprising differences between the most popular browsers.

After testing the latest version of each of the five browsers against 754 malware-infected URLs over 28 days, IE10 (running on Windows 8) achieved a raw block rate of 99.9 percent, ahead of Chrome’s 83.1 percent, Firefox’s 10 percent, Safari’s 9.9 percent and Opera’s 1.8 percent.


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