Study Shows That Internet Explorer Provides Better Privacy than Firefox, Chrome

NSS Labs also claims that Do Not Track doesn’t make any difference yet

Microsoft has greatly improved security and privacy in Internet Explorer 10, offering the revamped app as the default browser in Windows 8 and as an optional download for Windows 7 users.

A study performed by NSS Labs shows that all these privacy updates are paying off, with Internet Explorer 10 offering much more advanced tools as compared to its main rivals, including here Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple’s very own Safari.

The study notes that Internet Explorer 10 is the only one major browser currently on the market that allows users to choose from various tracking protection lists, thus giving them the power to enhance privacy while browsing the web.

“Internet Explorer has a unique privacy feature called ‘Tracking Protection.’ Not to be confused with Do Not Track, the option is easier to find, and it allows users to select one or more tracking protection lists (TPSs) that have been created by Microsoft or by third-party vendors, such as Albine,” the study reads.

“In theory, users can create their own TPLs; however, these lists are challenging to implement and involve obscure documentation, making the creation almost impossible for users.”

As far as Do Not Track is concerned, NSS Labs notes that the new feature isn’t really effective right now and some websites might still collect data without users’ consent.

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IE10 is said to offer better privacy than Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. “The reality of Do Not Track in the browser is that the default setting is a statement of vendor position on privacy. The technology today actually does nothing to protect privacy,” the study explained.

And still, NSS Labs admits that “if proposed legislation prevails and requires honest compliance with the Do Not Track header, IE10 users will be far better protected by default than will the users of any other current browser.”

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IE10 is currently the third most popular browser on the web, according to Net Applications data.In the meantime, Microsoft is already working on Internet Explorer 11, the next version of its browser that’s said to be even safer and faster than its predecessors. A preview version is already available in Windows 8.1, while Windows 7 users are allowed to download a developer build specifically designed for testing purposes.

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