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Internet Explorer to have Automatic updates
12-25-2011, 03:59 AM
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Internet Explorer to have Automatic updates
Internet explorer remains favorite among cyber criminals who exploit it to spread malware and take control of other computers. To close security loops that are discovered, microsoft intends to begin delivering automatic updates of its flagship browser beginning next year to ensure that as many machines as possible running Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 are protected from the latest malware schemes of cyber criminals.

"Automatic updates are a very good idea based on every piece of security research I have seen," said White Hat Security CTO Jeremiah Grossman. "Keeping software up to date -- particularly Web browsers -- is critical for online security."

The new service will be available initially to those Windows customers who have activated the automatic update feature in Windows. The plan is to introduce automatic IE upgrades gradually -- with the first Windows users to see the new offering located overseas and then scaling up delivery over time.

So what are the pros of automatic updates feature in IE?

Increased Protection
According to Microsoft's latest security intelligence report, the biggest online threat that Windows users face comes from socially engineered malware targeting outdated Web browsers and other aging software. Making the move to the most current products and services helps PC users increase their protection against the most prevalent online threats, the software giant said.

One of the popular features of Google's Chrome Web browser has long been its seamless, out-of-sight upgrades under the hood. Earlier this year, Mozilla likewise indicated that it would emulate Google's browser upgrade strategy by early 2012 and now Microsoft intends to follow suit.

On desktop PCs, notebooks and netbooks, IE currently holds a 52.6 percent share of the global browser market -- down from 58.8 percent in December of 2010, according to Net Applications. By adding automatic updates, however, Microsoft stands a better chance of hanging on to the IE users it already had locked in.

What are the implications for Enterprises and systems administrators?
Not everyone will prefer automatic updates and mainly system administrators who like to have control over what is downloaded and updated in their organisations. Therefore, Opt-out feature for enterprises have also been included.

An Enterprise Opt-Out
Large corporations, educational institutions and other organizations which need time to evaluate and fully integrate the latest browser upgrades will have the ability to opt out of the automatic upgrade program and develop customized browser upgrade schedules that best fit their respective business requirements.
"The Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits prevent automatic upgrades of IE for Windows customers who do not want them," Gavin wrote.
Individual consumers with automatic updating via Windows Update switched on will retain the same personal home page, search provider and default browser settings after receiving each new browser upgrade.

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04-11-2013, 03:07 PM
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RE: Internet Explorer to have Automatic updates
Internet Explorer comes by default with any windows operating system.It has publishing filter represent a huge security problem for internet has a support for almost every application available on the internet
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04-11-2013, 06:13 PM
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RE: Internet Explorer to have Automatic updates
Publising filter ? What is that.
I tried googling it, but not found.
It did find Phising Filter, but only 1 item about how to bypass filter.
That was made in 2007, probally that problem is fixed.

Or you mean something else, what is the huge security problem exactly ?
Any link to a source of this problem ?
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