Internet Explorer was certified early May with a seal of “trusted software”, which is great news in my opinion. Here is the English translation of the official press bulletin:
Internet Explorer 9 passed the review of TÜV Trust IT GmbH and carries the official TÜV seal approval from today on. Within the framework of the catalog of requirements the new internet browser meets all specifications to provide highest security standards both for private users and enterprises. Internet Explorer 9 was especially praised for its Tracking Protection feature. Users can stop the spying of their surfing habits and avoid personalized advertising. To actively support the new feature the TÜV will publish its first Tracking Protection list which every user can integrate directly into Internet Explorer 9.
TÜV TRUST IT GmbH was commissioned to put Microsoft’s browser to the acid test to neutrally review the performance and safety aspects of Internet Explorer 9. In its test labs, TÜV Trust IT GmbH carefully examined the key security aspects relevant to private users as well as the special requirements for companies. The testing committee was 100 percent convinced by the Internet Explorer in almost all areas. In some aspects like the configuration options for security settings, the browser even exceeded the demands. In its conclusion, the testers stated that the Microsoft browser offers an increased level of safety for users at any time.
“Internet Explorer 9 sets new standards in safety and reliability”, says Dr. Dorothee Ritz, General Manager Consumer & Online, Microsoft Germany. “The recognized seal of approval of TÜV Trust IT confirms this on the basis of strict safety tests.”
“Compared to its predecessor Internet Explorer 9 has set the bar even higher“, says Detlev Henze, Managing Director TÜV TRUST IT GmbH. “The new browser version offers users a broad range of new and enhanced features to protect their privacy and increase security while surfing. We will actively contribute to increased safety on the internet with a Tracking Protection list specifically developed for this new feature.”
Key security features of Internet Explorer 9
The new Tracking Protection feature in Internet Explorer 9 enables internet users to gain more control over the information they share. Many state-of-the-art web sites store data that users access via their browser. Frequently, third-party services run in the background and access the personal data of users. This can be prevented by the tracking protection feature. The addresses which are stored are recorded in a Tracking Protection list that users create themselves or can be provided by third parties. (…)
In addition to the new tracking protection the SmartScreen filter and evaluation systems of Internet Explorer 9 were strongly enhanced. SmartScreen filter is a dynamic security feature that protects against phishing attacks and malicious software. The InPrivate browsing feature ensures that the browser history, temporary internet files, form data, cookies, user names and passwords are automatically deleted. The ActiveX filtering in Internet Explorer supports users in deciding to run ActiveX controls. Thus, the controls can be blocked for all web sites or activated for trusted web sites only.
The catalog of requirements developed by TÜV TRUST IT GmbH includes technical analyses of software, organizational checks regarding software development and data security as well as compliance features. More information about the test procedure and results is available at: http://www.it-tuv.com/internet-explorer
Great news for us!