Days after a Google commissioned report was released stating that Internet Explorer was the second most secure browser – between Chrome and Firefox – a new study has been released by risk consulting firm Projection Point claims that Internet Explorer users have a “low risk intelligence”.
Projection Point’s test involved users ranking 50 statements on a scale on 1 to 10 based on how certain they think the statements are true or not. Most questions have little to do with computer security or known web vulnerabilities, but rather are general historical questions and logic questions.
In a blog post on Projection Point’s website, Benjamin Jakobus, the company’s CTO, deduced that, “users of monopoly software (that historically has been responsible for many of the most severe software vulnerabilities) are not as good at estimating probabilities as their more adventurous counterparts.”
It was also noted that, “Apple users are the best when it comes to dealing with risk”.
Mr. Jakobus concluded, “perhaps the use of Microsoft Internet Explorer should be considered an indicator of poor risk intelligence.”
Given the small sample size of 351, and the lack of published margin of error, the statistical validity of such a survey is questionable.