According to a new study, Internet Explorer (IE) has the leading default privacy settings but falls short when it comes to malware defence.
A study, conducted by Texan security testing firm NSS Labs, revealed that IE offers the best services for enhanced privacy when browsing. The internet browser’s ability to, by default, block privacy-invading cookings showed that its privacy settings are first-rate. By far the greatest initiative was to set the “Do not track” setting to default – stopping websites from tracking online browsing habits.
Unfortunately, while coming out on top in terms of privacy, it ranked the worst in blocking URLs that would lead a user to an infected website. IE’s blocking abilities were recorded as “relatively poor”, blocking just 83% of malicious URLs compared with Firefox’s 96% rate.
The study compared Microsoft’s IE 10, Mozilla’s Firefox 20.0.1, Google’s Chrome 26 and Apple’s Safari 5.1.7.