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August 4, 2006

Google toolbar phishing filter has problems

Ed Bott has been doing some testing of the phishing filter in the betas of Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 and has some bad news for Firefox fans. While the IE7 filter seems to work very well, the Firefox filter needs a lot of work. And that’s a problem for today’s users of the phishing filter on the Google toolbar:

Frankly, this is baffling to me. Both Microsoft and Mozilla have been testing this feature for a year. In Mozilla’s case, the testing has been done by Google, which developed the technology as part of its Google Toolbar for Firefox. As a control, I installed Google’s Firefox toolbar on the latest official release of Firefox, It failed to detect two obvious phishing sites as well.

He also has a detailed review of the security features of IE7 and Firefox 2 over at ZDNet.

Update: Ed Bott has more here.

Posted at 11:09 am. Filed under Brands, Browsers, Companies, Firefox, Internet, Microsoft, Mozilla Foundation, Security, Software

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November 26, 2005

Firefox 1.5 Prereview

It isn’t quite out yet, but Matthew D. Sarrel at PC Magazine reviews Release Candidate 3 of Firefox:

The best browser gets even better with improved tab controls, reworked user preferences, a more robust extensions system, faster page loading and better security.

He gives it 4.5 out of 5 The detailed review is here and while there are some UI changes, the big changes are mostly behind the scenes. The only downside I see:

Firefox 1.5 includes an entirely new extension system, which unfortunately means that many older extensions won’t work (Adblock and Forecast Fox worked properly on our test machine). Developers are updating their extensions as you read this, so the updated extensions could be in pretty good shape by the time 1.5 launches. Mozilla has even revamped the extensions-installation system. Although the process worked well in most instances, the installation, upgrade, and uninstall subsystems were prone to error. When it was installing a new version of an extension, it occasionally left files from older versions behind, which could lead to incompatibilities and browser instability.

I guess it’s all to the good, but it still means taking an extension inventory and checking the compatibility or availabilty of new versions before you upgrade.

Posted at 9:09 pm. Filed under Brands, Browsers, Companies, Firefox, Internet, Mozilla Foundation

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