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Mozilla Firefox Hooks Phishers
Third-Party Netcraft Toolbar Addresses Global Problem


Free Toolbar Goes Phishing

Netcraft, based in Bath, England has released a free toolbar for the Mozilla Firefox browser that runs on all OS environments supported by Firefox  and fights phishing by displaying the hosting location, country, longevity, popularity, and an abstracted risk rating for each site visited.

Additionally, the toolbar blocks access to phishing sites reported by other members of the Netcraft Toolbar community and validated by Netcraft, mobilizing the community into a giant neighborhood watch scheme which empowers the most alert and experienced members to protect the vulnerable against fraud and phishing attacks. The company has reported 60,000 downloads within hours of its release this week.

Phishing, which despite is cute name is actually a word that often means "criminal enterprise," is a growing problem to even sophisticated e-mail and web users. Netcraft says that more than 7,000 phishing sites have been detected and blocked by people suing this Toolbar.

The company is also offering customized versions of the toolbar with corporate branding and navigation.

The Netcraft download can be found at:

http://toolbar.netcraft.com/install

Netcraft said it has no current plans to offer versions of the toolbar for other browsers.



Netcraft was perhaps inspired by its home city of Bath, England

About Jeremy Geelan
Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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