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Browser Makers Put Up No-Phishing Signs

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A meeting in Toronto featured representatives and developers for several web browsers, as they discussed methods of revealing phishing sites to users.

Rivals Microsoft and Mozilla, and developers for the Opera and Konqueror browsers, plan to use colors and address bars to help indicate to people when a legitimate-looking site may not be the real deal, TechWeb reported recently.

One aspect of the plan will have the four browser makers and their developers work on a way to tint the address bar green when visiting a site with a “highly-assured” digital certificate. A suspicious site would tint the address bar red.

Either state would be accompanied by text and appropriate icons, Microsoft’s Al Billings wrote in the official IE blog. Also, the padlock icon, a longtime browser symbol of a secured site, would be moved to the address bar in IE like the other three currently do.

Many sites that attempt to fool people by launching new windows without address bars would be foiled by a change in browser technology that forces address and status bars to be displayed. Microsoft’s Rob Franco noted in the report how a missing address bar gives fraudsters a chance to “forge an address of their own.”

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

Browser Makers Put Up No-Phishing Signs
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