Firefox 3 Alpha 7 Pre. Anti Fraud Feature

By | July 12, 2007 | 3 Comments


It’s not a big secret, every web developer wants to have fastest and most secure web browser, which not only should have all the security issues fixed, but also it should help novice user to understand the risks and help him/her to avoid that.

Firefox 3 Alpha 7 (Pre) got one more feature which should help users to avoid fake domain names. See this picture.

Firefox 3 Alpha Pre URL

It highlights domain name (well… actually makes other text light grey) so users could take a look at it and make sure it’s a correct domain name. Not really usefull, isn’t it?

That’s not all, according to Arstechnica,

FF3 Alpha 7 also incorporates a domain translator that changes an address that’s encoded in non-standard ASCII (such as a percentile-encoded address) into standard text. Again, this is a change aimed at making domain addresses easier to read by stripping out the non-standard characters a phisher might use to confuse a potential target.

There’s also an add-on for Firefox 2. Not perfect, but if you don’t want to use Firefox 3 Alpha 7 to test this one, feel free to use Locationbar2 add-on.


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  • Mick

    From what I’ve read this black domain feature is not targetted at you and me (so you would say its not really useful) but for mum and dad surfers who wouldn’t know what the hell a domain is or where to look for it. They’d be easily confused by http://213.45.98.120/paypal.com

    This is still an alpha though, I’m sure refinements will come.

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

    Hi Mick,

    Yes, it’s more for novice users, but this is a good stuff I think, and I am sure, other browsers may release something similar.

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Aloy Niresh

    Firefox is an excellent browser.I expect firefox v 3 alpha 7.
    Firefox is my primary browser.I love it verymuch.