Microsoft launches site to promote browser security

Internet users usually open up their web browsers to surf their favorite web sites without a lot of thought put into it. But Microsoft is launching a new web site that is designed to alert Internet users to the dangers of web surfing, particularly on older web browser versions. The web site is Yourbrowsermatters.org which tells a visitor how secure their browser is to threats like malware and phishing attacks on a scale of 0 to 4.

According to a post on Microsoft's official Internet Explorer web site, 24.4 percent of all the PCs in the world that are connected to the Internet run an outdated version of a web browser. Microsoft says that amount comes to 340 million PCs that don't run the latest version of their web browser software. The number of PCs in the world that run Internet Explorer 6 or 7 total 15.2 percent while PCs who run Mozilla's Firefox 3.6 or older amount to 7.5 percent. PCs who run the 12th version or older of Google's Chrome browser are in 1.7 percent of all PCs. Chrome is the only one of the three web browsers that now automatically updates to the newest version, without any need for a user's approval.

Yourbrowsermatters.org goes over some of the things that people can do to be more secure while browsing the Internet. That includes downloading the latest version of your web browser, making sure your operating system is also up to date, being able to recognize phishing attacks and more.

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What a load of garbage. If this was developed by an independent then I would be happy to take the results as is - for the most part. Considering it's developed by Microsoft, of course the results are going to be skewed in their favour. They aren't going to give their own browser a bad rep.

Absolute rubbish!

What a pile of ...
It says my fx 7's score is 2/4 while my ie9's score is 4/4

I've been using firefox since version 0,6. Never had any problems, security wise.

Complelely obivously a biased advertisement to push their kiddy-developed browser.

ozgeek said,
What a pile of ...
It says my fx 7's score is 2/4 while my ie9's score is 4/4

I've been using firefox since version 0,6. Never had any problems, security wise.

Complelely obivously a biased advertisement to push their kiddy-developed browser.

Come on, who advertised Neowin to the YouTube commenters?

You're all technical people.

I had to hide my parents big blue E in vista, and put them on FF because it was more secure.

Then, somehow my parents found their E again, so I had to upgrade them to IE9, because if they keep going back to it, I may as well make it the most secure MS offer.

dotf said,
You're all technical people.

I had to hide my parents big blue E in vista, and put them on FF because it was more secure.

Then, somehow my parents found their E again, so I had to upgrade them to IE9, because if they keep going back to it, I may as well make it the most secure MS offer.

Hate to break it to you but Firefox isn't more secure than IE8/9. It doesn't even use any form of sandbox after all these years. The most secure browsers available are IE9 and Chrome, however when it comes to other features like addons, not so much.

Although that website is mainly marketing, it might do you some good reading it, and learning about the security browsers offer.

funkydude said,
It doesn't even use any form of sandbox after all these years.

Any program can be made to run in a sandbox with a third party tool, browser or otherwise. Add a couple security related addons and off you go. Granted it's not built in however which is a plus to IE.

Hope IE dies some day completely or becomes irrelevant because it's the only browser that abandoned XP customers. Doesn't matter how old XP is, it's the most popular OS worldwide and the whole world except MS, even Apple is supporting it. That shows MS's vested interest lies more in Windows sales than moving the open web forward.

xpclient said,
Hope IE dies some day completely or becomes irrelevant because it's the only browser that abandoned XP customers. Doesn't matter how old XP is, it's the most popular OS worldwide and the whole world except MS, even Apple is supporting it. That shows MS's vested interest lies more in Windows sales than moving the open web forward.

Or maybe it's because even car manufacturers don't support 10 year old cars? Microsoft have more than fulfilled their XP support quota, but times have changed. Yes, they are trying to get XP users away from XP, but at the end of the day, they are ALSO a business, and money making is what they do.

Nothing more than marketing really, which will probably end up more negative than positive. Oh, and it doesn't recognize IE10 lol

funkydude said,
Nothing more than marketing really, which will probably end up more negative than positive. Oh, and it doesn't recognize IE10 lol

Well since IE10 isn't out yet or even finished that's understandable.

It can't even give a score to my browser (Firefox 8 Beta). That's somewhat amusing. At least it isn't generalizing Firefox 4 to Firefox 8 or something...

Well why don't they push automatic roll out of IE9 by auto update?
Or even better, send out some sort of script that looks what what browsers a PC has, then alerts the user and gives them the link to a web-installer which can auto upgrade/install?

Mr Spoon said,
Well why don't they push automatic roll out of IE9 by auto update?
Or even better, send out some sort of script that looks what what browsers a PC has, then alerts the user and gives them the link to a web-installer which can auto upgrade/install?

Because unlike those from Mozilla, the guys at Microsoft actually care about the enterprise / corporate users.

kavazovangel said,

Because unlike those from Mozilla, the guys at Microsoft actually care about the enterprise / corporate users.


Which means you'll end up with insecure PCs running obsolete browsers.

.Neo said,

Which means you'll end up with insecure PCs running obsolete browsers.

Yes, but that's the user's choice (in this case, the company for not updating their old web applications).

.Neo said,

Which means you'll end up with insecure PCs running obsolete browsers.

IE9 gets security updates... it just doesnt change its system. but bugs, exploits and security issues get fixed constantly.... go check windows update some time =D

Can't wait for the trolls getting butthurt because Microsoft is giving IE 9 4/4, Chrome 2,5/4 and Firefox 2/4

Coi said,
Can't wait for the trolls getting butthurt because Microsoft is giving IE 9 4/4, Chrome 2,5/4 and Firefox 2/4

Well it is pretty inaccurate, considering my installation Firefox has sites set to default with Javascript and all plugins/embeddings blocked and is also sandboxed, things it was telling me I was at risk of. Other things it was claiming were insecure are already covered (XSS, clickjacking, etc.) It's just making assumptions based on the useragent.. I told Lynx for example to say it's Firefox and it came up with the same results, even though it doesn't even have Javascript, plugins, etc.

Coi said,
Can't wait for the trolls getting butthurt because Microsoft is giving IE 9 4/4, Chrome 2,5/4 and Firefox 2/4
Three of the points I can see begin with 'Does the browser benefit from Windows Operating System features that...', my question is, how do Mac and Linux users get these marks? It is an unfair test.

zikalify said,
Three of the points I can see begin with 'Does the browser benefit from Windows Operating System features that...', my question is, how do Mac and Linux users get these marks? It is an unfair test.

since MS is talking about windows systems mainly, other OS's are irrelevant, and nothings stopping FF or Chrome from taking advantange of windows features, you just don't build them into the other OS's code

Coi said,
Can't wait for the trolls getting butthurt because Microsoft is giving IE 9 4/4, Chrome 2,5/4 and Firefox 2/4
Bug or something? Why does chrome score 5/4? Overprotected?
Edit: Oh wait... You mean 2.5 I though you say Chrome 2 scored 5 of 4....