IE8 protects the security of users better than any other web browser
Internet Explorer 8 protects your security better than other web browsers. This is the conclusion from the most up-to-date scientific tests by NSS Labs. This conclusion can safely be considered the authoritative answer to the question of comparative security in currently available web browsers. NSS Labs is the global market-leader in independent security testing certification, and runs the world's largest laboratory for security and performance benchmarking.
Similar investigations published since IE8 was released document similar results. As always, positive news about IE8 leads to hot debate, and sure enough there is already a rapidly spreading wave of blogs and comments. Some people embrace the latest study, while others try to spin it or seek to offer a personalised interpretation. As usual, the anti-MS community takes refuge in the comfort of entrenched denial, refusing to accept anything that doesn't fit into their spurious paradigm.
By deliberately setting-up obstacles between users and the most secure web browser, Microsoft's enemies have actually succeeded in making the Internet less secure. Microsoft has been forced not only to remove IE8 from Windows 7, but also to provide free advertising in Windows for products by other companies. It is astonishing what some corporations can achieve by exploiting the corrupt, incompetent bureaucracy in Europe, and manipulating loyal fanboys in the anti-MS community.
The enemies of Microsoft conveniently overlook the "privileged position" enjoyed by their own favourite companies, as they roll along like stoned hippies on the old anti-MS bandwagon. Unashamed of their blatant hypocrisy and double-standards, they boastfully claim to serve the interests of fair trade. This is clearly a disingenuous boast, because they issue no objection to Safari on Mac, or Firefox on Linux. They queue-up to buy the iPhone which ships with its own web browser.
How unfortunate it is that the self-serving corporate machinations of the browser wars have undermined the security of ordinary Internet users.
20 August 2009
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