Netscape has released a test version of its Netscape 8 browser which is equipped with a range of anti-phishing fraud controls.
Available for download from the Netscape website, the browser will remain a test version for several more weeks until a date for the commercial launch is finalised.
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Phishing attacks send see users spam e-mails purporting to come from legitimate trusted organisations, such as banks.
Users are encouraged to click on links supposedly leading them to trusted sites, but which are in fact copycat sites run by criminals seeking users’ personal details to carry out fraud.
Netscape 8 will provide users with updated blacklists of sites used for phishing and warnings about possible security vulnerabilities to users when they visit certain sites, including code scripting.
Netscape once controlled around 80% of the web browser market, but was usurped by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which now has around 90% of the market.
However, Internet Explorer is now coming under pressure from open-source rivals including Mozilla and Firefox.