security IE 11 vs IE 9 on Windows 7

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Fly, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. Fly

    Fly Registered Member

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    Since M$ will no longer provide updates for IE 9 as of now, a consideration is switching to IE 11.
    Although I don't use it much and I'm generally a 'safe' user, there is the general 'recommendation' to 'upgrade' to IE 11.

    Even though IE 11 offers new features and maybe extra security features, doesn't it come with a larger code base and 'attack surface' ? Given the fact that the amount of security fixes for both IE and Flash have been extreme in 2015 I wonder if I'm not just fine sticking to IE 9. There may be privacy issues as well ?
    In my impression, the greater the code base the more vulnerabilities. Who knows how many 1000s of vulnerabilities there are in both IE and Flash.

    Btw, I haven't written 'M$' for many years. But with their recent push for Windows 10, telemetry updates, ditching older browsers, not supporting Windows Updates in WIN 7 for future Intel chips (I don't know if I have an English language source for that) it is all too appropriate.
     
  2. Victek

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    I guess it's possible but I don't know how we mere mortals who cannot analyze the code could figure it out. I take the view that it's best to go with the latest version of a browser because at least the known vulnerabilities have been addressed. Also, given how slow the release cycles are for IE I prefer to use alternatives, eg Firefox and Chrome.
     
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  4. Fly

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    But isn't it true that ways to break through that extra protection are being found all the time ?
     
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    Yes and no.

    No software solution is 100% secure; that is a given. As far as Firefox, Chome, and IE on Windows platforms, IE has had the least vulnerabilities over its release lifetime: http://sensorstechforum.com/which-i...2015-firefox-chrome-internet-explorer-safari/ .

    Pertaining to IE, each later release has been more secure than its predecessor. For maximum security, a browser regardless of manufacturer needs to be "tweaked" from its default settings.
     
  6. Victek

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    Yes. Along with using the latest version of IE I suggest adding an anti-exploit application, such as HitmanPro.Alert or MalwareBytes AntiExploit.
     
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