Netcraft Toolbar to protect users against fraud and phishing

Posted on Thursday, December 30 2004 @ 20:32 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Netcraft has launched a new toolbar which uses Netcraft's huge database of website information to show you all the attributes of each site you visit on the web. This includes the site's hosting location, country, longetivity and popularity.

The toolbar also tranforms the Netcraft community into a giant neighbourhood watch scheme to protect the vulnerable against fraud and phishing websites.

Netcraft Toolbar features include:
  • Clear display of sites' hosting location at all times helps you validate fraudulent urls (e.g. the main online banking site of a large US bank is unlikely to be hosted in the former Soviet Union).
  • Once you report a phishing URL, it is blocked for other community members subsequently accessing it. The leverage of widely disseminated attacks (people constructing phishing attacks send literally millions of electronic mails in the expectation that some will reach customers of the bank) is utilized to expedite blocking of the fraud site.
  • Natively traps cross site scripting and other suspicious urls containing characters which have no common purpose other than to deceive.
  • Netcraft supervisor validation is used to contain the impact of any false reporting of urls.
  • Display of browser navigational controls (toolbar & address bar) in all windows, to defend against pop up windows which attempt to hide the navigational controls to disguise location.
  • Happily coexists with Google and other Toolbars.
The Netcraft toolbar can be downloaded here

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Thomas De Maesschalck

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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