Browser Security Report

Topics: Phishing, Mozilla Firefox, Web browser Pages: 3 (885 words) Published: April 14, 2013
This paper is a report of comparing security feature and focusing on anti-phishing of Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. The reason I have chosen these two browser is I am a Mac user and these two are the most common web browsers on Mac and free download from the Internet. This report is based on research on the Internet and my personal experience.

Web Forgery (Phishing) is a way of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. The name “phishing” is come from the real life activity of fishing, the criminals are the fisherman, they puts a bait at the hook, thus, pretending to be a genuine food for fish (web users), but the hook inside it takes the complete fish out of the pool. Phishing attacks are typically come from email messages or instant massagers that attempt the lure recipient into giving their personal information on fake web sites whose look and feel are almost identical to the real one, they might even use the logo, images and details from the real site.

There are several ways to prevent attacker attack from phishing. Mozilla Firefox’s has a built-in security feature, which enable users to set phishing protection on from the security pane at preferences tab, it works by checking the sites that user browse to against a list a known phishing sites which download on users computer. The list will be updated automatically and regularly. If Firefox detected a phishing site, a warning dialog will appear. Other anti-phish toolbar or add-on can also be installed on Firefox.

Similarly, Safari also offers a built in anti phishing feature. Safari protects users from fraudulent Internet site by stop loading in and warning with heading “Warning: Suspected phishing site” will appear when the site is suspicious. The suspected phishing sites list is stored in a database, which created by Google. User can choose whether they really...
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