According the the IE Blog, IE8’s SmartScreen Filter has delivered more than 70 million blocks in the first four months since IE8’s official release, for a cumulative total of 80 million blocks. This data is a strong indication of the value of the protection SmartScreen provides, and of just how widespread socially-engineered malware attacks are on the web today.
- IE8 is delivering a malware block for approximately 1 out of 40 users every week
- Approximately 1 of every 200 downloads is blocked as malicious
IE8 users can ensure that SmartScreen is enabled by clicking on the toolbar’s Safety button (or if you’re in Show Only Icons mode) and examining the SmartScreen Filter submenu. If a “Turn on SmartScreen Filter” item is present, click it to enable protection.