IE9 Protects Against 99% Socially Engineered Malware, NSS Labs

Internet Explorer 9 beta protects against 99 percent of "socially engineered malware," according to independent researcher NSS Labs.According to NSS Labs "the success of IE in blocking this kind of malware can be credited to SmartScreen URL filtering (included in IE8 and IE9) and SmartScreen application reputation (new to IE9)."What's socially engineered malware?Cybercriminals use socially […]

Internet Explorer 9 beta protects against 99 percent of "socially engineered malware," according to independent researcher NSS Labs.

According to NSS Labs "the success of IE in blocking this kind of malware can be credited to SmartScreen URL filtering (included in IE8 and IE9) and SmartScreen application reputation (new to IE9)."

What's socially engineered malware?

Cybercriminals use socially engineered malware to gain access to your computer. According to NSS Labs, socially engineered malware describes any link that leads to malicious websites or downloads that could harm your computer.

Research shows that these links appear on popular websites and services such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as cybercriminals are increasingly taking advantage of people's trust in these sites.

Here's how IE9 stacks up against other web browsers when it comes to blocking this kind of malware:

nss labs: ie9 vs. other borwsers

Here's the full study:

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