Browser developers team up on security

Browser developers including Mozilla, Microsoft and Opera are seeking to create a standard method of providing surfers with more information about the trustworthiness of a website. Several developers met in Toronto last week to discuss ways to collaborate, although the talks are still at an early stage. The initiative aims to use the information provided in digital security certificates to help users identify phishing websites, which try to fool individuals into giving up sensitive information such as passwords and credit card numbers.
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Better Website Identification and Extended Validation Certificates in IE7 and Other Browsers
Today I want to tell you about both our established plan to highlight secure sites in IE7 but also to tell you about some early thinking in the industry about creating stronger standards for identity on the internet. IE7 will join other browsers like Firefox, Opera and Konqueror in making the experience for secure (HTTPS) sites more visible by moving the lock icon into the address bar. We think the address bar is also important for users to see in pop-up windows. A missing address bar creates a chance for a fraudster to forge an address of their own. To help thwart that, IE7 will show the address bar on all internet windows to help users see where they are. IE7 will also help users avoid fraudulent sites if users choose to use the Phishing Filter to check a site for known phishing activity.
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From the browser developers:
- Mozilla - CAs, certificates, and the SSL/TLS UI
- Opera - A Truce in the Browser Wars: Toronto Ideas Create Common Ground
- Konqueror - Web Browser Developers Work Together on Security

November 24, 2005 02:42 PM | Posted in Mozilla


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