Firefox 2 to include phishing protection

By Justin Mann on March 8, 2006, 8:20 PM
In a move likely to make a lot of people happy, future development of Firefox will have areas focused on stopping and fighting phishing, in an effort to protect people not only from malicious software, but maliciously crafted sites and lures that go beyond the normal functionality of a web browser. Google is set to help Mozilla in this endeavor:

"Everybody understands that phishing is a significant problem on the Web," said Shaver, a technology strategist at the company, which oversees Firefox development. "We are putting antiphishing into Firefox, and Google is working with us on that."
Firefox 2 will be the first version that will have this functionality, and will incorporate things like blacklists, site analysis, address analysis, and more. How exactly it will work will be very interesting, and the effectiveness may be a huge advantage that FF 2 can wield over IE7.

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mentaljedi said:
If google's getting in the mix, the IE7 will be doomed against FF2. FF holds a quater of the market and its still growing. Many don't change cos they think its too hard. i agree when it comes to trying to get rid of IE.
bulisani said:
great idea but ...would this affect bandwith?
DragonMaster said:
[quote] great idea but ...would this affect bandwith? [/quote]Maybe not more than a "Is this phishing?" sent to Google and a "Yes" or "No as reply.[quote] If google's getting in the mix, the IE7 will be doomed against FF2. [/quote]Even if they do this with MSN search, it's not gonna be the best protection out there...
ThomasNews said:
I'd imagine it'd function much like IE7's Phishing Filter, which I think functions in a Check Online mode or Don't Check Online. Either way you're able to disable so for power users it's probably not an issue. Certainly I hope it'll be on by default.
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