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Internet Explorer 8: The New Kind of Browser

Internet Explorer is a long favorited tool used by people all over the world. The new Internet Explorer 7 had many great features and seemed to work like a dream. So if it isn't broke, don't fix it, right? Well as we all know, Microsoft just can't do that. With constant updates and striving to keep on top, Microsoft introduces its newest web browser, Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).

What's so different or new about IE8? In a world where people are always looking for ways to be faster, get the job done quicker and do it easier, IE8 has new features that allows one to do almost everything online quicker. With new features such as accelerators that allow you to run google searches, pull up maps, define words, IE8 gets the information needed without all the tedious copy and pasting between windows or between tabs. Other features, such as search suggestions and visual suggestions and find on page, give the user ideas on their searches with common keywords and pictures to help one find the information they need the first time they visit a page.

IE8 is not just quicker, it's safer and easier to use. They've redesigned the tab page to make tabbed browsing simpler through categorizing multiple tabs into one. If a tab or IE8 crashes, it will start back up and reload the same page that was open with no more hunting to find the page that was just open.

This holiday season, you may have done some shopping online to save time. The down side to that is the difficulty of covering your tracks so nobody finds out the surprise you found for the holidays. IE8 introduces the idea of InPrivate browsing and filtering, designed in such a way that one can go into private mode and browse without the browsing history being affected. Privacy, a big part of staying safe, extends further than just being able to browse in private. IE8 also features Cross Site Scripting (XSS) filtering and click-jacking prevention. How are these helpful? An XSS attack can track keystrokes on a webpage that has been infected and gather personal information. Filtering these attacks can help prevent the loss and misuse of sensitive, personal information. The same is true of click-jacking, a situation where a hacker might set up a webpage that looks the same as a legitimate webpage and have the user click on different frames that are set up as advertisements that hackers get paid for when people click on the advertisements. IE8 allows web developers to protect their websites from this type of attack and that keeps the users on those websites safe.

These are just a few of the new features of IE8. To view more or get more information about IE8 and how it can help you enhance your web surfing experience, visit the Internet Explorer 8 home page and for more information on keeping your PC secure, visit this article on how Microsoft Security Essentials can help keep your PC safe.