That's the report coming out of NSS Labs' latest showdown. According to the site:
In Q2 2011, NSS Labs performed the first test of web browser protection against socially-engineered malware targeting European users. Socially Engineered Malware remains the most common security threat facing Internet users today and European users have found themselves particular targets of malware authors over the last 12 months. According to the EU’s statistics office, Eurostat, almost one third of internet users in the European Union were victims of malware infections in 2010 despite the majority having security software installed.
Several different types of malware was tudied over the period from Q2 2010 to Q2 2011. Browsers tested included:
Apple Safari 5, Google Chrome 10, Internet Explorer 8 Internet Explorer 9, FIrefox 4, Opera11
From the report:
According to the EU’s statistics office, Eurostat, almost one third of internet users in the European Union were victims of malware infections in 2010 despite the majority having security software installed. Of the 27 EU countries surveyed (totaling over 200,000 users), those with the highest malware infections include Bulgaria (58%), Slovakia (47%), Hungary (46%), Italy (45%) and Estonia (43%.)
The SmartScreen Filter protection offered by Windows Internet Explorer 9 has two components: URL Reputation, which is included in IE8 and Application Reputation, which is new to IE9. IE9 caught an exceptional 92% of the live threats with SmartScreen URL reputation, and an additional 8% with Application Reputation. IE9 with SmartScreen offers the best protection of any browser against socially engineered malware. Protection against malware targeting European users matched our broader findings from the Q3 2010 global test.Windows Internet Explorer 8 caught 90% of the live threats, an exceptional score that also matched our broader findings from the Q3 2010 global test.Apple Safari 5 caught 13% of the live threats. Protection offered was near identical to that of Chrome and Firefox.Mozilla Firefox 4 caught 13% of the live threats, far fewer than Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9. Results were 6% less than the 19% protection rate observed in our Q3 2010 global test, indicating either an overall drop in protection for Firefox or regional weakness in Europe.Google Chrome 10 caught 13% of the live threats, considerably more than the 3% observed during the Q3 2010 global test and a welcome improvement.Opera 11 caught 5% of the live threats, providing a measurable amount protection against sociallyengineered malware for the first time.
So according to this report, MS didn't stop with the desktop when they began to overhaul Windows security. But then when Bil Gates is said to get millions of spammails everyday, you do have a lot of opportunity to test many different "strains." It would seem as though education would solve even more of these issues. If more peopel were aware of malware and how it's spread there would much less opportunity for users and corporatiosn to be burdened by the existence of such malware and exploits.
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