IE Security, Privacy Tops: Study

Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 01:07 PM gHale

Internet Explorer 10 offers more advanced tools compared to its main rivals, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple’s Safari, a new study found.

The study found Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 is the only one major browser currently on the market that allows users to choose from various tracking protection lists, thus giving them the power to enhance privacy while browsing the web, according to the study by NSS Labs.

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“Internet Explorer has a unique privacy feature called ‘Tracking Protection.’ Not to be confused with Do Not Track, the option is easier to find, and it allows users to select one or more tracking protection lists (TPSs) that have been created by Microsoft or by third-party vendors, such as Albine,” the study said.

“In theory, users can create their own TPLs; however, these lists are challenging to implement and involve obscure documentation, making the creation almost impossible for users.”

As far as Do Not Track goes, NSS Labs said the new feature isn’t really effective right now and some websites might still collect data without users’ consent.

“The reality of Do Not Track in the browser is that the default setting is a statement of vendor position on privacy. The technology today actually does nothing to protect privacy,” the study said.

NSS Labs said “if proposed legislation prevails and requires honest compliance with the Do Not Track header, IE10 users will be far better protected by default than will the users of any other current browser.”

In the meantime, Microsoft is already working on Internet Explorer 11, the next version of its browser that’s said to be even safer and faster than its predecessors. A preview version is already available in Windows 8.1, while Windows 7 users can download a developer build specifically designed for testing purposes.

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