Microsoft has introduced a website aimed at raising awareness of safety by comparing the abilities of browsers Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome resist malware, phishing and other threats.
Website Your Browser Matters gave Firefox and Chrome measly 2 and 2.5 points respectively out of 4 possible. However, try to enter the site using IE9 and you will get maximum points. IE7 managed to get only one point, and IE5 – not a single. And the site in general refused to assess the browser Apple Safari.
This page is created to inform users about the importance of using a modern browser, which functions to meet all industry standards. One of the criteria are automatically alert the user about downloading their malicious files, the ability to contain the web content in a sandbox that does not have access to important parts of the computer operating system, and automatic installation of updates.
Site scolds Firefox omission, including the inability to limit the expansion and plug-ins for each site, the inability to use the Windows Protected Mode, and other similar mechanisms to prevent the browser affect the operation of those parts of the system to which it has no access, and lack of a built-in function to filter malicious XSS-code. Chrome, without limitation, lost points for failing to use Windows functions to prevent attacks.
Readers of our site, which is probably known to the security problems Microsoft, are unlikely to be particularly impressed by yet another provocative move of the corporation. The reality is that over the past few years has given Redmond Windows and IE technologies ASLR and DEP, which significantly reduces the damage that an attacker could cause by exploiting a buffer overflow and other bugs that are inevitable in any large project.
It was not long before Mozilla criticized. “This site is remarkable and if what, so it is with what he has: security technologies, such as HSTS; privacy tools, such as Do Not Track; and a reaction time of the provider when it detects vulnerabilities,” – said in a statement, Jonathan Nightingale technical director of Firefox. “We are very proud to Mozilla his long leadership in providing security.”
Among the partners already support the new site are Anti-Phishing Working Group, Online Trust Alliance and the Identity Theft Counsel.