A security start-up is borrowing a technique from the research labs to try to give Internet Explorer PCs relief from Web-based attacks.
GreenBorder Technologies, a venture-backed start-up, plans to release on Tuesday a consumer security tool that puts Microsoft’s IE in a virtual sandbox. Called GreenBorder Pro, the product uses virtualization technology similar to what researchers at antivirus companies have been using for years. In a virtual environment, malicious software is allowed to execute, but it can’t touch the underlying operating system.
“We provide a safe environment for running IE,” said Jim Fulton, vice president of marketing at Mountain View, Calif.-based GreenBorder. “You can literally go to any Web site, even if it is full of exploits, full of nasty stuff, (and) GreenBorder will keep it isolated from your machine.”
Microsoft’s IE is by far the most popular Web browser, used by about nine out of every 10 Web users. However, some security experts have likened it to Swiss cheese, because of the many security flaws in it. The browser has been the target of many cyberattacks, and some Web surfers have switched to alternatives Firefox and Opera.