Microsoft has launched a new website to help users determine whether their web browsers are secure and configured to protect from common internet threats. The idea and the website are very cool; however, the site has drawn fierce criticism from Microsoft’s browser competitors. It’s no surprise Internet Explorer 9 garnered a perfect score (4 out of 4) while Firefox 7 rated near the bottom (2 out of 4). [giggle] As expected, Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, is furious at its rating and accused Microsoft of fixing the scores. A representative for the company stated that, “Mozilla is ‘fiercely proud’ of its ‘long track record of leadership on security’.” I agree with Mozilla on the point that the “test” was definitely written so that IE would get can an easy “A.” Nonetheless, Microsoft’s tool can still provide good value. Mozilla is my default browser and can be configured to provide great security.
While these two giants battle it out, the message for you and I is to remember to use these tools as a guide only, and research other alternatives for browser security. Be cautious, and do not rely exclusively on these types of websites to determine whether your browser is secure. Check your browser’s security at YourBrowserMatters.org.
Check back soon for an in-depth tutorial on browser security.