Ever since Mozilla came into the picture, I have not been using Internet Explorer. I am sure that I am not alone in this – I have heard so many IE to Mozilla stories in the past years. With the release of Internet Explorer 8, however, some people might start to reconsider. Indeed, Microsoft is touting IE 8 to be its most secure web browser ever. (That’s not saying much, is it?)
Anyway, why should anyone want to use IE8? PC World has a write up on it and this is what they have to say about the security features:
Microsoft touts IE 8 as its most secure browser to date, and Microsoft has indeed added a good number of security features to the mix, ranging from phishing detection to private browsing, plus a new feature to prevent clickjacking, an emerging data theft threat.
IE 8 RC1 includes two security features under the ‘InPrivate’ label: InPrivate Browsing and InPrivate Filtering. Both existed in earlier prerelease versions of IE 8, but IE 8 RC1 lets you use the two features separately, whereas before each relied on the other.
That’s sounding good to me but is that all there is? Apparently not. Another feature that looks interesting is the Private Browsing feature, which is already being enjoyed by Safari users. IE8 also has InPrivate Filtering, which will prevent web sites from gathering data about other web sites that you got to. There seems to be more to it, though. Maybe we should give it a try and see what Microsoft has to offer this time?