Feeds

US-only trials for MS anti-phishing toolbar

Hey, there's plenty of fraud over here too

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Microsoft released a test version of an anti-phishing toolbar on Wednesday. Europeans need not apply because the software is only available to US users. That's not because Microsoft reckons scam emails that form the basis of phishing attacks are a US-only problem but because the code is still only in beta, a Microsoft spokeswoman explained. The software giant has plans to expand the reach of the technology into different geographies by the end of the year.

The Microsoft Phishing Filter beta comes as an add-in to MSN Search Toolbar and was released at the same time as a games add-in, which providing one-click access to MSN Games. Microsoft Phishing Filter helps detect potential fraudulent web sites and divert visitors away from them via a set of personal whitelists, a blacklist system run by Microsoft and technology that spots characteristics common to phishing sites. The filter will block customers from entering personal data if the site is classified as fraudulent or provide warnings if a visited URLs contains characteristics common to a phishing Web site, but is not in the list of known wrong 'uns.

Digital certificate firms such as Comodo and GeoTrust have released anti-phishing tools targeted at consumers while Opera has built anti-fraud technology into the latest versions of its browser, so the technology isn't new as such. However Microsoft claims its the first firm to deliver the anti-phishing technology in a Web search toolbar.

The phishing and MSN Games add-ons are available to download for free at here, providing you live in the land of the free that is. MSN Search Toolbar can be downloaded from here. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't
We know what's good for you, because we made the mess says Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.