Netscape has launched the finished version of its Netscape 8 browser, which is designed to offer users greater protection against online security scams.
Netscape 8 comes with anti-phishing and anti-spyware features that aim to prevent spyware being installed on users’ machines in the first place, so there is no need for tools to remove it.
To tackle phishing, the updated browser automatically adjusts its security settings while users surf the web, using lists of sites known to be malicious to steer users away from fake phishing sites or those that download malware to their machines.
The lists will be updated three times a day and automatically downloaded when a PC connects to the web.
Netscape will compile the lists from information provided by partner security companies and ISP parent AOL.
The Netscape browser is currently downloaded around 15 million times a year. Netscape is hoping the more secure version 8 will help it make up lost ground on the world’s number two browser Firefox, which has been downloaded over 50 million times since its launch last November.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has around 90% of the browser market.