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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Fraud Protection in Opera, Firefox, IE

With Opera announcing that version 9.1 of its amazing browser will come with fraud protection, all three browsers (Firefox, Opera, IE) are coming out with anti-phishing protection. While each of the three implementations are slightly different, this should help stop fraudulent websites that attempt to impersonate legitimate sites to steal passwords and credit card information.

Opera's implementation relies on checking a site's IP against a list maintained on a remote server. They promise not to keep records of IP lookups. Firefox like IE relies on a list of bad sites that comes with the browser that is regularly updated. You also have the option to check against an online site for real time protection.


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