Years ago, Internet Explorer was the worst Browser to have. It was garbage compared to the other guys. Netscape popped up and suddenly, we could do a lot more with the web. This of course was when for the most part, the web was still in it’s toddler years. Years from now, we might be considered in the toddler years still however. Netscape offered a browser, WYSIWYG editor, and mail client all in one.
Later, other browsers popped on the scene including those which offered multiple tabs and extra features that became a standard in today’s world of browsers. People have since chosen a few standards including Firefox for it’s cross platform compatibility and plugins which extend it’s abilities. They also choose Chrome because it’s Google and works really well. Opera for it’s smaller size. Safari because it’s the standard on Mac’s… but what about Internet Explorer? Well it comes standard and part of Windows, but we’ve been taught this is bad, right?
A few years past, there was an anti-trust case against Microsoft for not allowing it to be uninstalled or for other browsers to be installed easily. For the most part, I have shunned Internet Explorer. Imagine my surprise to find out that it’s the safest browser out there. No really! It’s safer then Chrome which managed to block an impressive 86.7% of all Malware infections on a test by an independent security testing firm. Internet Explorer 10 actually managed to block 99.96% of all malware’s tested.
NSSLabs recently conducted a test in which the five leading browsing programs Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera had to demonstrate their ability to protect against socially engineered malware downloads. A total of 754 real cyberthreats were used in this comparison. All five browsers were subjected to 550 test runs against these 754 unique malware URLs, resulting in over 18,000 test cases per browser.
Does this mean that if you only use Internet Explorer 10, that your PC will be safe from all threats? No, not in the least. There are still attacks which can come via Flash, Java, PDF’s, and all the other programs which gamers use to better their gaming experience. This is why you should continue to run a full suite of Anti-Malware and Firewalls to protect yourself… but you might also want to switch to IE10, if you haven’t already.