Enhanced Protection with IE9’s SmartScreen Filter

December 15th, 2010

A new research report from independent information-security research and testing organization NSS Labs shows that Internet Explorer 9 Beta protects the user from 99% of socially-engineered malware downloads. According to NSS Labs, “With a unique URL blocking score of 94% and over-time protection rating of 99%, Internet Explorer 9 was by far the best at protecting users against socially-engineered malware.” 

The following graph compares the protection offered by various browsers against socially engineered malware attacks.

IEBlog readers may notice that IE8’s results have improved over the last year– continued investments in improved data intelligence have resulted in a 5% increase in effectiveness.

Internet Explorer 9 benefits from the same back-end investments, as well as other enhancements to the URL Reputation Service and the innovative new Application Reputation feature. Beyond flagging potentially-risky downloads, the Application Reputation feature helps reduce warning prompts when downloading software with an established reputation.

To date, IE8 and IE9 Beta have blocked 1.3 billion phishing and malware attacks and continue to block millions of attacks every day. We are committed to continually improving our intelligence systems and processes so we can continue to provide industry-leading protection from phishing and malware.

If you haven’t already, please download Internet Explorer 9 Beta and enjoy enhanced protection against socially-engineered malware.

-Eric Lawrence