Internet Explorer Shines in NSS Labs Browser Security Test
An analysis of Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer showed IE performed the best when it comes to fighting click fraud and malicious downloads.A new report by NSS Labs puts Microsoft Internet Explorer ahead of the pack when it comes to fighting click fraud. Click fraud affects pay-per-click advertising when a person, automated script or program fraudulently registers a click on an ad in order to generate money from the scammer. Earlier this year, the Flashback botnet used thousands of computers to launch a click fraud scheme that Symantec estimated earned some $14,000 in a three-week period. According to NSS Labs, the average lifespan of a click fraud URL was 32 hours, with more than 50 percent expiring within 54 hours. In its tests, the company compared Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9), Google Chrome 15-19, Mozilla Firefox 7-13 and Apple Safari 5 during a 175-day period. According to the report, Internet Explorer caught 96.6 percent of click fraud, compared with 1.6 percent by Google Chrome, 0.8 percent by Mozilla Firefox and 0.7 percent by Apple Safari. With the growth of online advertising revenue, the profitability of click fraud, and the overall inability of leading browsers to protect users, there will be a major growth in click fraud in 2013, NSS Labs predicted.
“Given Chrome’s prominence and increasing market share, we predict ongoing increases in click fraud unless Google takes serious steps to improve its click fraud protection,” Dr. Stefan Frei, research director at NSS Labs, said in a statement.