Members
  • Total Members: 12814
  • Latest: Rono
Stats
  • Total Posts: 28517
  • Total Topics: 8240
  • Online Today: 976
  • Online Ever: 51419
  • (01. January 2010., 10:27:49)












Author Topic: IE8 stops one billionth malware downloads with Smartscreen Filter  (Read 1255 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Samker

  • SCF Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 7206
  • KARMA: 291
  • Gender: Male
  • Whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
    • SCforum.info - Samker's Computer Forum


Internet Explorer 8's Smartscreen Filter, used to secure users from dodgy websites, has stopped its one billionth malware download, Microsoft has proudly announced.

As with similar filters found on browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, the first thing that Smartscreen does for IE8 users is check each site visited against a whitelist of known good sites, further assessing any new site in case it is suspicious.

Secondly, and more importantly, if the user chooses to visit a suspicious site, IE8 will still automatically stop files from that site from being downloaded by the unwary.

This is the element of blocking referred to in the 'one billion' milestone. The feature first appeared in IE8 when it was released in March 2009.

"We have got better and better at blocking malware through the SmartScreen Filter because we have continued to invest in our back end service," said Microsoft's senior product manager, James Pratt, in a blog: http://windowsteamblog.com/ie/b/ie/archive/2010/07/23/internet-explorer-8-smartscreen-174-filter-reaches-important-milestone.aspx

For comparison, by August 2009, the filter had blocked only 70 million downloads, the company said. Having reached the one billion mark almost a year later implies that Smartscreen is now blocking roughly that number each month, albeit with a larger share of the browser user base.

Anti-malware filters - or anti-phishing filters as they used to be called - are a relative backwater in security because all browsers have some version of the technology. Comparisons between browsers are treacherous but IE8's file blocking could possibly be giving it an edge in this particular aspect of security.

(NetW)

Samker's Computer Forum - SCforum.info





 

With Quick-Reply you can write a post when viewing a topic without loading a new page. You can still use bulletin board code and smileys as you would in a normal post.

Name: Email:
Verification:
Type the letters shown in the picture
Listen to the letters / Request another image
Type the letters shown in the picture:
Second Anti-Bot trap, type or simply copy-paste below (only the red letters):www.scforum.info:

Enter your email address to receive daily email with 'SCforum.info - Samker's Computer Forum' newest content:

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Advertising