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Microsoft Puts Web Browsers' Security To Test, Firefox Ranked Last

Software powerhouse Microsoft Corporation has come up with a brand new website that evaluates the security aspects of various versions of its Internet Explorer web browser, as well as those of the rivals Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

The new website, dubbed 'Your Browser Matters (opens in new tab)', puts users’ Web-browsers through a series of vulnerability tests, and then posts a score on the scale of four points.

Expectedly, the brand new version of the Internet Explorer - version 9 (IE9) secured the top spot with a score of four out of four. The older sibling of the IE9, the Internet Explorer version 8.0 managed to score 3 points.

The latest ‘stable’ version of the Google Chrome browser - version 14, managed to score only 2.5 out of four, whereas the month-old Mozilla Firefox 7 had to be satisfied with only 2 points.

"Browsers that provide better protection against the most common threats -- such as socially engineered malware -- will receive a higher score," Roger Capriotti, Microsoft's chief IE marketing executive, wrote in a Tuesday blog, according to a Computer World (opens in new tab) report.

"The biggest threats stem from clever 'socially engineered' malware targeting outdated software, such as older Web browsers," he added.

Ravi Mandalia
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Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.