Firefox 3 phishing filter sends URLs to Google

Posted on Thursday, Sep 27 2007 @ 05:01 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Slashdot users warn about the new antiphishing feature in the upcoming Firefox 3 "Gran Paradiso" browser.

The problem is that the new phishing filter checks every URL against a known list of sites by sending each URL to Google. Some people fear this may hurt your privacy and will provide Google with a wealth of information about which sites are popular on the web.

Fortunately, the option will be disabled by default.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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