What is the validity of this article which claimed that IE is more secure than Chrome?
closed as not constructive by AviD♦ Jul 20 '11 at 12:22
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Don't believe 100% everything you read.
Personaly, everytime I see one product outpreformed others by huge margin I assume this is a case of PR and not of pure cold facts.
There are lots of events when, let's call them, hackers and enthusiasts are trying to bypass browsers defence. Call me sceptical, but to me they have much bigger value then any article on any site. E.g. Pwn2Own
Well, the author does explain his position:
The numbers are presumably sound, but it is a very specific test against social engineering-driven malware.
Can you trust IE to protect against that sort of threat, probably. Can you trust it to protect you from client-side vulnerabilities in Windows or IE or the plugins it hosts? It doesn't say.
This is similar to the argument that Windows is more secure than OS X because it's been attacked more and is now far more hardened. The analogy goes that Windows is like a barricaded house in a bad neighborhood while OS X is like a house with unlocked doors in the middle of the country.
Which is safer?
Notice I didn't say more secure. They are two different things.
IE has been attacked more, and been defended more. It's likely more "secure" than other browsers in some ways because of this. But this doesn't mean that you're safer if you use IE -- it means that if the threats and number of attacks were the same you would be.
But they're not.
TL;DR: if you ever hear anyone give you a one sentence answer to this question, be skeptical. Risk is a complex animal.
It's phrases such as
that mean you can only take it with a pinch of salt. This entire article is comparing apples to wildebeest - pointless.
I'd like to see them run the same sort of test with Firefox using No-Script and Ad-Aware etc. That would bring things closer to level.