Securing Firefox

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2006-10-24 Print this article Print

Anti-phishing features have become a must-have capability for modern browsers, and we found Firefox 2.0s anti-phishing features to be solidly implemented. When we surfed to a potentially malicious Web site, Firefox launched a very obvious pop-up.
Firefox also can subscribe to a Google-based service that checks a site against a known list of phishing sites, or it can also use a periodically updated list that is downloaded to the browser.
We liked that the latter method is the default because the live Google service sends surfing information to Google—something that Firefox 2.0 wisely warns users about when the Google-based anti-phishing features are turned on. Firefox 2.0 now includes a single Add-Ons manager for managing the installation and use of browser extensions and themes. During tests of Firefox 2.0, weve had good luck with nearly all of our standard Firefox extensions. Unlike Firefox 1.5, which broke many extensions, Firefox 2.0 looks like it will be a smoother—but likely not flawless—upgrade in terms of extension support. Labs Director Jim Rapoza can be reached at Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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