Monday, June 23, 2008

British Browser First to Beat Phishers

Leading UK browser business Deepnet Explorer trumped global competitors Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Netscape and Firefox, with the claims that its new Phishing Alarm and enhanced pop-up killer made Deepnet Explorer the first known browser to pass Secunia’s new online phishing vulnerability test.
Phishing, where cyber criminals create fake websites to dupe unknowing surfers into revealing personal banking or financial information, is the fastest growing form of tech crime on the internet. The browser flaw described by Secunia can result in scammers hijacking pop-ups on legitimate websites for phishing purposes.
The Deepnet Phishing Alarm is able to detect insecure Web sites used in phishing scams by using both a blacklist of known phishing sites and by analyzing the URL and Web site visited.
"Phishing has become the number one weak spot in online security" said Deepnet's Yurong Lin. “Now, as big business toughens up and becomes less sympathetic to phishing victims, consumers need to be more vigilant and do more to protect themselves by switching to a secure browser like Deepnet Explorer ".
Since launching an anti-phishing version at the beginning of this month (Dec 1, 2004), Deepnet Explorer has become one of the fastest growing browsers on the internet. Download numbers have increased substantially and are expected to cross the 350,000 point.
The new browser is available from Deepnet's Web site. The browser is free and does not include spyware or ad ware.
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