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Browser Add Phishing Protection Features

The browser has 'tabbing' features with others found in rivals - Firefox, Opera and Apple's Safari. Microsoft claims this browser to be much more secure, especially against phishing attacks, which involve browser sites imitating legitimate ones in order to make users surrender private information.

Rivals aren't staying quiet. The 'Mozilla Foundation' is ready to release its 'next-generation Firefox 2' browser any day. This browser is also meant to protect from phishing attacks. Similarly, 'Opera Software' is increasing additional features of fraud and phishing protection to its free Web browser, version 9.1.

Many of the IE 7 security upgrades are technical, but some improvements are seeable to users. A user may want to lower certain security settings in IE temporarily to accomplish something while a legitimate site is running. In such situation, information bar appears to set alarm of any potential risk and the changed settings show in red.

IE 7 has the function to compare web addresses of sites a user is trying to visit with addresses of legitimate sites compiled in his system. It also compares with often-updated list of phishing sites.

In case of Firefox 2.0 RC 3, 'Phishing Protection' feature warns users when it suspects web forgery, and then recommends them to go back to the homepage. The 'Phishing Protection' works by default and checks sites against an online list of phishing sites. The 'Phishing Protection' automatically downloads and updates this list.

Opera 9.1 will have an additional feature to filter fraud that connects to a blacklist of known fraudulent sites. According to a representative of the firm, it discards IP addresses and does not use cookies or other session data. All communication is through its own servers and no information goes directly to third parties.

The browser protection can be successful only if users are educated about the recent 'Phishing Protection' features. Technical solution is one side of the fight against fraud; the other is user education.

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