A Kudos to the IE9 Team .. Blocking Social Hacks

I have to give a shout-out to the Internet Explorer 9 team: according to an NSS Labs report, IE9 provided 99.2% protection against socially-engineered threats (you know: those wacky “see what my boy / girl friend did on his / her webcam, amongst a host of others).

Yes: your friends are now hackers. Not intentionally, of course. Too many good folks click on too many bad links and spread the ‘love’ of a hacker attack.

Even now, we find ourselves trusting Internet denizens who are ‘known’ to us, much to our (or, at least, our IT departments) chagrin.

My short answer: even if you use another browser, set IE9 as your default. It will do its best to block recognized or habitual threats. A solid defense against the bad folk.

Redmond Magazine has more in “Report: IE 9 Best Defense Against Social Malware”.

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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