October 11, 2011
When it comes to online security and privacy, the browser plays one of the
most important roles in helping to make the internet safe. Since our
inception, OTA has been a proponent of improving browser security and
getting people to move to more secure platforms. Last week in support of
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we launched Why Your Browser
Matters™. Through this initiative we are working with Microsoft and
other business and technical leaders, to equip web sites to engage and
educate their site visitors on the importance of upgrading their browser. (https://otalliance.org/browser).
We strongly feel that more must be done to help educate people and get them
to a newer platform are calling on all leading commerce and banking sites to
join the effort.
Recently Microsoft launched a campaign to educate
people and get them to migrate to newer browsers through its new site
This site helps to explain why having a modern browser is important. The
site is broken down into two parts - one is an education component. For
those who’re curious as to exactly why a browser matters, the videos and the
interactive components an easy way to learn more.
The second part is a security score –which detects
your browser and provides a score based on Microsoft's criteria.
While one can debate individual feature scoring and the weighting that
Microsoft chose to apply, this site offers an innovative and intuitive
approach to inform users on the level of security protection they have and
more importantly what they can realize by upgrading.*
While I am not in a position to state that one browser is better than
another, I can state that users can not afford to use an outdated browser.
They can no longer take their browser for granted. For example this tool
easily shows Internet Explorer 6 or 7 are lacking security features that are
critical in helping to protect user from the onslaught of online threats.
The bottom line is users need to be aware that by using an out of date
browser they are leaving the door open for online attacks. While sites and
browser vendors may differ in their approach in providing users a "teachable
moment" we stand united in the importance of using a modern browser.
Other industry efforts are listed below:
OnGuard Online - Federal Trade
* Note OTA does not endorse the scoring nor did it contribute to the
Connect - Department of Homeland Security
Microsoft Safety &
PayPal - Security & Protection
Norton / Symantec
What Browser Am
I using? - Google
Things I learned About Browsers & the Web - Google