Privacy Protection: Internet Explorer & Safari Lead The Way

By | July 30, 2013 | 9 Comments


Privacy Protection: Internet Explorer & Safari Leads The WayTime to switch or is it?

It’s been a while since the last NSS Labs report and as it turns out, instead of comparing malware block rates like they always do, the guys have decided to do something different: find out which browser has the best built in privacy protection.

As it turns out, Safari and Internet Explorer users are protected better than those of Chrome and Firefox (if we ignore 3rd party extensions and NSA) and here is why:

Privacy Protection: Internet Explorer & Safari Leads The Way

Now whether or not you think that NSS Labs is sponsored by Microsoft, it doesn’t really change the fact that the table does represent reality and these are indeed the default web browser settings and/or implemented features. In addition to that, we think that the “real” winner is Safari, since having DNT on by default does not really do anything yet and having all 3rd party cookies by default is far more valuable.

Are there any other out of the box settings that should be compared? Let us know.

[Via: Neowin]

[Source: NSS Labs]


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  • Tiago Sá

    what a load of bs

    • http://www.favbrowser.com FavBrowser.com

      How so?

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        Obviously cherry-picking MS-style Vygantas…

        • http://www.favbrowser.com FavBrowser.com

          So what other, out of the box settings should be considered that were ignored because “MS cherry picked” those?

  • Danny

    Are there any stats showing the number of sites that
    actually take notice of the DNT header?

    • http://www.favbrowser.com FavBrowser.com

      I don’t think so, not aware of a single site that respects DNT header

      • Swapnil99pro

        Twitter?

  • Mikah

    Microsoft are the best cherry pickers visit http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/ietestcenter/#html5 its hilarious .
    For HTML5 – cherry picking goto http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html

  • anyád apád

    IE’s default-enabled DNT is ignored by many servers, meaning it doesn’t worth sh*t.
    Firefox will set third-party cookie blocking to default in the near future (I think 23 will be the one), so this “comparison” will be outdated sooner than one could say: “tracking users”.
    Maybe mixed content blocking could be compared too, but I am not sure about that one.