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Saturday, April 19, 2008

PayPal to Block Browsers for Security

PayPal just released a paper titled - "A Practical Approach to Managing Phishing". The paper mentioned PayPal plan to prompt users using "unsafe" browers that they are using unsafe browsers when logging into PayPal. Later, they plan on blocking customers from accessing the site from the most unsafe – usually the oldest – browsers.

In PayPal's perspective, unsafe browsers are those which do not have support for blocking phishing sites or for Extended Validation. The new Extended Verification SSL certificates are used in Internet Explorer 7 and the upcoming Mozilla Firefox 3. EV SSL highlights the address bar in green when the site has been certified. Other browsers, such as Apple Safari and Opera, do not currently include these protections.

A Practical Approach to Managing Phishing

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