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I’m a huge fan of IE9 which is why I made a bunch of videos about it but what I like is that we’re really pushing ahead with innovation in the space and it feels like hardly a week goes by without there being something (really) good to say about it.  The thing is it’s still in beta and not what people should be using right now you should be deploying Internet Explorer 8 as part of Windows 7 and as an upgrade to anything else. Which is why it’s super news that IE8 is included in these figures. NSS Labs have just released a report that – independently – proclaims Internet Explorer 8 and 9 the most secure browsers on the net.  Oh how things have changed!

Internet Explorer 8 stops 90% of all malware attacks and IE9 builds on this by stopping another 9% with things like Application Reputation.  To provide contrast that’s 5X more than Firefox, 9x more than Safari and 33x more than Chrome.

What does this mean to me, your average IT Professional?

It means lots of things, depending upon your point of view…

  • Internet Explorer is the best browser at preventing the most common attack vector, social engineering, on the Internet.
    • Which matters to your business because there’s less risk to your corporate assets and lets face it less work clearing up the mess that uneducated, click happy users create.
  • When you deploy Windows 7 you know you’re deploying it with one of the most secure browsers on the Internet.
    • Which matters because it makes deployment easier, and it’s nice and simple to keep up to date using Windows Update.
  • If you have legacy versions of Internet Explorer deployed you really need to get rid of them, they are not as secure as the world now expects browsers to be.
    • That means you have to do more work to keep them going, probably in the area of edge management where you’re spending more time than is needed
      • And that’s not cost effective.

You can trust Internet Explorer 9 because of Built-in security, reliability, deployment and control

Try IE9 and check out the Internet Explorer Tech Center on TechNet