Mozilla claims anti-phishing crown

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Mozilla claims anti-phishing crown

A Mozilla commissioned study claims that the anti-phishing filter in the organisation's Firebox 2 browser beats Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 hands down.

The study found that Firefox in its most secure configuration blocked 81.5 per cent of all phishing websites. Internet Explorer 7 flagged 66.35 per cent of the phishing operations.

Firefox in 117 instances failed to flag a phishing site when IE7 did catch it. The Microsoft browser let 243 URLs slip through that Firefox would stop.

Paid for by Mozilla, the study was performed by Smartware, a technology, strategy and marketing firm. The test methodology and results were audited by security testing provider iSEC Partners.

The test fed a series of known phishing URLs from PhishTank to the browsers over a period of two weeks late October and early November.

The study follows a September study by Microsoft which gave top marks to Internet Explorer 7. The study didn't test Firefox 2 but compared the browser to a series of seven third party security applications.

The Microsoft study was performed by 3Sharp, a company specialising in messaging architectures that has no track record in market research and security analysis.

A study's results are available on the Mozilla Developer Centre website.
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