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Jul 30, 2008

The power of 3

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The three latest browsers namely firefox 3, Internet Explorer 8, and Opera 9.5 is now fighting back againts malware injection from the browser to your personal PC's. The power of these three new browsers are here to help you fights againts malware.

todays latest tricks of crooks to get into your system is to have stealth codes in their websites that has the capacity to inject a malware unto your PC. One of the latest cyber crime is that of site of sony playstation games happened last july of this year. "The bad guys are putting a lot of effort into mass hacking," says Roger Thompson, chief research officer with antivirus maker AVG Technologies. "They routinely hack 20,000 to 40,000 sites in a day" with automated tools, he says.

The new features in the latest browsers work much as existing antiphishing filters do. In Firefox 2, Mozilla uses Google's blacklist of known phishing sites. If you mistakenly click a link to a URL on that list, you'll see a warning instead of the site. Firefox 3 also blocks the display of pages on Google's list of known malware sites.

Firefox 3 grabs the most recent blacklist about every 30 minutes, according to spokesperson Johnathan Nightingale, and checks the sites you visit against that local list. Firefox 2 has an option to always check sites you visit against Google's online list so as to catch the very latest entries, but Firefox 3 provides no such option.

Opera 9.5 works in a similar fashion, but with some key differences. It adds malware-site blacklists from Haute Secure, a Seattle-based security company, to the phishing blacklists from Netcraft and Phishtank that the previous version used. Haute's list includes sites on Google's list, those the company discovers, and sites that Haute's users have submitted.

Wilson says Microsoft will use lists of such sites from different company partners, as it does now for the browser's antiphishing protection, but he isn't yet saying who those partners will be.

Instead of downloading all or part of the blacklist to your PC, IE 8 will check every page you visit against the online malware blacklist, Wilson says. Unlike IE 7's phishing protection--which checks for blacklist matches and also attempts to identify phishing sites at the time you visit based on a page's characteristics (such as whether it sends log-ins off to another domain)--SmartScreen will only compare against a blacklist for malware sites.

Wondering about Apple's Safari? The current browser doesn't block any malicious sites, phishing or malware, and the company is tight-lipped about whether it plans to add such features.

conclusion
even you have the most powerful browser, we as a person with web based lifestyle must also cooperate. Never ever open a non trusted site.

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