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.We liked that the latter method is the default because the live Google service sends surfing information to Googlesomething 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 smootherbut likely not flawlessupgrade in terms of extension support. Labs Director Jim Rapoza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
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.