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  • Blog Post: IE8 Security Part VIII: SmartScreen Filter Release Candidate Update

    Hello, I'm Alex Glover and I'm the test owner of the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8. The SmartScreen Filter helps protect IE8 users against phishing scams and sites distributing malware . In a previous post , Eric described the SmartScreen features and improvements over the Phishing Filter...
  • Blog Post: Suggested Sites & Privacy

    The IE8 feature Suggested Sites helps you discover related sites that can be helpful to get more information about your interests. Under the hood, Suggested Sites is a system that provides suggestions by using a collection of users’ visited sites. You may be wondering how Suggested Sites works with the...
  • Blog Post: Birth of a Security Feature: ClickJacking Defense

    Hi, my name is Kymberlee Price, and I recently joined the Internet Explorer team as a Security Program Manager for IE8, working with Eric Lawrence. Prior to this I spent five years in Microsoft's Security Engineering & Communications team (MSEC) where I founded the Security Researcher Community Outreach...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Security Part VII: ClickJacking Defenses

    As we planned Internet Explorer 8, our security teams analyzed the common attacks in the wild and the trends that suggest where attackers will be focusing their attention next. Over the course of IE8’s development, we’ve also worked closely with those in the security research community to stay on top...
  • Blog Post: IE December Out-of-Band release

    Internet Explorer is releasing an out-of-band update available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already to ensure that you receive the latest updates for...
  • Blog Post: IE December Security Update Now Available

    The IE Cumulative Security Update for December 2008 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already to ensure that you receive the latest updates...
  • Blog Post: Ending Expressions

    Design criteria such as standard compliance, performance, reliability and security framed the design of IE8 as whole, for new as well as existing features. As a result, CSS expressions are no longer supported in IE8 standards mode. This change was announced previously on the IE blog , however, this post...
  • Blog Post: IE October Security Update Now Available

    The IE Cumulative Security Update for October 2008 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already to ensure that you receive the latest updates...
  • Blog Post: Updates for AJAX in IE8 Beta 2

    Sunava Dutta here, a program manager focused on improving AJAX in the browser! Now that Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is out, I want to write about some of the latest rounds of enhancements we’ve made. As many of you may recall, back in March we discussed a set of developer experiences in AJAX across scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Statistical Validation of the IE8 XSS Filter

    Greetings, I’m Russ McRee of Microsoft’s Online Services Security & Compliance Incident Management team. My team serves as incident handlers for the various types of attacks our online services face. High on the list of incidents we handle are cross-site scripting attacks. There’s an unfortunate...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Security Part VI: Beta 2 Update

    Now that Beta 2 has released, I want to provide a short update on some of the smaller security changes the team has recently made. I’ve also linked to a great article on the IE8 XSS Filter implementation written by the architect of that feature. Restricting document.domain The document.domain property...
  • Blog Post: Trustworthy Browsing with IE8: Summary

    Back in June, Dean Hachamovitch kicked off a series of blog posts explaining how the IE team approached the task of building a trustworthy browser. Trustworthiness is the foundation of Internet Explorer 8, and we’ve worked hard to deliver a product with improved security, reliability and privacy, while...
  • Blog Post: Privacy Beyond Blocking Cookies: Bringing Awareness to Third-Party Content

    Previous posts have covered trustworthy principles in general and some product specifics as well. Privacy is an important part of trustworthy computing. This post discusses one aspect of privacy on the web: third-party content. When most people browse the web, they think what they see in the address...
  • Blog Post: IE8 and Privacy

    As others have written here before, users should be in control of their information. That’s at the core of privacy. Privacy has two aspects: disclosure and choice. Disclosure means informing users in plain language about the data collected about them and how it’s used. Choice means putting users in control...
  • Blog Post: IE August Security Update Now Available

    The IE Cumulative Security Update for August 2008 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already to ensure that you receive the latest updates...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Security Part V: Comprehensive Protection

    Hi! I’m Eric Lawrence, Security Program Manager for Internet Explorer. Last Tuesday, Dean wrote about our principles for delivering a trustworthy browser ; today, I’m excited to share with you details on the significant investments we’ve made in Security for Internet Explorer 8. As you might guess from...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Security Part IV: The XSS Filter

    Hi, I'm David Ross, Security Software Engineer on the SWI team. I’m proud to be doing this guest post on the IE blog today to show off some of the collaborative work SWI is doing with the Internet Explorer team. Today we are releasing some details on a new IE8 feature that makes reflected / “Type...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Security Part III: SmartScreen® Filter

    As someone whose email address is posted in thousands of forum posts, newsgroup discussions, and blogs, I get a lot of spam. Of the spam I receive, a significant number of messages represent phishing attacks . Most of these lures aren’t very clever or convincing, but phishing has become a simple numbers...
  • Blog Post: IE8 and Trustworthy Browsing

    This blog post frames our approach in IE8 for delivering trustworthy browsing. The topic is complicated enough that some context and even history (before we go into any particular feature) is important, and so some readers may find this post a bit basic as it’s written for a wide audience. In previous...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Beta 1 June Security Update Now Available on Windows Update

    Today we released the IE June Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers on Windows Update . For detailed information on the contents of this update, please see the following documentation: IE Blog Post: IE June Security Update Now Available Microsoft Knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Securing Cross Site XMLHttpRequest

    As I mentioned in my post on Cross Document Messaging , client side cross domain request is an important area of interest for AJAX developers looking for ways to avoid expensive server side proxying calls. While Cross Document Messaging is useful for allowing third party components or gadgets embedded...
  • Blog Post: IE June Security Update Now Available

    The IE Cumulative Security Update for June 2008 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already to ensure that you receive the latest updates...
  • Blog Post: ECMAScript Security

    Related to the IE Blog post around mashups in Internet Explorer 8, the Jscript team has a great post on ECMAScript, Security and Mashups over on their blog. Check it out! Kristen Kibble IE Program Manger
  • Blog Post: Enabling Mashups in Internet Explorer 8 with Cross Document Messaging

    Hello, I’m Sunava Dutta and I’m the Program Manager focused on improving our AJAX scenarios in IE8. In this short post I’ll introduce you to a feature we’re implementing in the browser that enables safer mashups. The Same Origin Policy (SOP) requires that browsers prevent script from accessing the contents...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Security Part II: ActiveX Improvements

    Hi, I’m Matt Crowley, Program Manager for Extensibility with Internet Explorer. The team was very excited to be at the RSA security conference last month discussing the security features of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1. In this, the second part of the IE8 Security blog series, I describe the ActiveX improvements...
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