The whole endeavor is rather scurrilous, since they've clearly glommed separate features together for no real purpose other than to put a checkmark next to IE and not next to FF or Chrome (particularly the "reliability" item).
What a joke.
This is why people hate Microsoft. It's not that FF fanatics don't spread FUD too. It's just that Microsoft seems to think that we're too dumb to recognize their obvious machinations.
If they only spent as much time and effort making their products not suck, as they spend trying to pretend that they don't suck, then maybe they'd get some respect.
And, even though it's not targeted at us, it's targeted at people we know. If you're anything like me or my co-workers, that means that our friends' and families' browser problems are also our problems :P So Microsoft is actually making the lives of tech savvy people harder via FUD like this.
To be sincere, their keyboards and mice are top notch. Too bad they insist . Their hardware is excellent since the Z-80 SoftCard I used in my Apple II. And they had a 6 MHz one as well... With it, an Apple II was the fastest CP/M box around.
I was surprised. For IE 8, I’d give him a 9 out of 10. For Safari, maybe a 2. It’s just too easy to pop Safari. For Firefox on Windows, I give him a 10. That was the most impressive of the three. It’s really hard to exploit Firefox on Windows.
If you are using a Mac, or anything besides Firefox on Windows, I think Microsoft's claims about security seems valid enough.
Reference: Interview with the winner of pwn2own. http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2941
Edit: Ofcourse at first it seems far fetched to claim better security than Chrome, but for stupid users falling for anything a malware/phishing filter is probably a very good security feature.
And, I'm not sure I understand how IE malware/phishing protection is better than that found in Firefox. I don't doubt that it's possible, but it does seem to work in Firefox, and the angry red warning screen seems likely enough to stop someone from going ahead.
Their claim is that it's more secure than Firefox, so according to what you quoted their claims are unquestionably invalid.
You may not fall for such silly tricks. I know I sure don't. However my mom & dad would do so in an instant.
Oh, right. I forgot.
Edit: no, wai
Has anyone here actually given it a try to confirm how good/bad it is?
I'm not saying MSIE is the cornerstone of security, but saying security haven't improved the last few versions is just silly.
Safari isn't being compared in the chart.
I know that in Australia several companies have had to either stop using parts of their advertising materials or have been taken to court for stating 'facts' or 'statistics' which they simply couldn't provide any evidence for.
Could the regulations around this be used to stop M$ from spreading such FUD around? The last thing we want is more IE zombie-users stumbling around the 'net and feeding the botnets.
On this web-page:
Microsoft repeatedly make unfounded claims about the abilities of it's latest web-browser (Internet Explorer 8). These claims offer no statistical proof to back them up and are completely at odds with the considered opinions of most of the online community and many professional security experts. I personally believe that they are attacking browser providers without a reasonable basis in an effort to retain the custom of un-informed users.
Evidence to support my claim is:
"Today's first day of Pwn2Own contest is now officially over [...] Between two winning contestants, they were able to compromise Safari (twice), IE8, and Firefox."
Microsoft claim that IE8 is more secure than Chrome and FireFox, yet the very same security community that discovered the IE8 exploit listed above failed to find any exploits in Google Chrome. In a seperate interview one of the winning hackers (Charlie Miller) said:
"There are bugs in Chrome but they’re very hard to exploit. [...] The’ve got that sandbox model that’s hard to get out of. With Chrome, it’s a combination of things — you can’t execute on the heap, the OS protections in Windows and the Sandbox."
Your attention to this matter is appreciated.
If other people were to submit similar complaints I'm sure it would bring the matter to some attention!