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W3C Picks Up Initiative on Web Surfing

Considering the myriad of security challenges that Web browsers encounter today, the 'World Wide Web Consortium' (W3C) has launched a campaign to build a base for a safer web. The web browser security is of everybody's concern in this Internet Age. Taking a swing at this the W3C group in a statement said that its new initiative named 'The Secure Browsing Initiative" aims to build a foundation for a "more secure web" and "help people make proper trust decisions."

The 'World Wide Web Consortium' is an international group where member organizations, a full time staff, and the public together put their efforts to create Web standards. The primary mission of W3C is to ensure long-term growth for the Web, which it tries to achieve by developing Web standards and guidelines.

The consortium's mission has three objectives. First it wants to obtain a unanimity of information that people require from browsers to maintain security. Secondly, it wants to innovatively offer this information and spread awareness. And thirdly, it wants to suggest ways by which the browsers can be less susceptible to hoaxes of user interfaces.

The purpose is to develop a set of 'trust standards' through its 'Web Security Context Working Group' to enable users to have a favorable picture of the Web pages they browse in terms of their security.

The initiative was framed after alerts surfaced during 2006 that surfers could fall into trap while visiting websites that attempt to download malware on their machines. The initiative evolved out of a 'Workshop on Usability and Transparency of Web Authentication' in March this year that worked with companies like Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Opera, Yahoo, HP, IBM, KDE, Nokia, Sun Microsystems and VeriSign.

Google has already enforced a system to help users know when websites may pose danger. According to Tim Berners-Lee of W3C, proven technology is deployed but there is need to connect it by reaching the Web user.

The W3C is indeed launching a commendable initiative but it is not certain how it can conveniently meet goals without involving third party. The significant results of the project therefore remain to evolve.

Related article: WoW – A Current Popular Target for Identity Thieves

» SPAMfighter News - 30-10-2006

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