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Firefox's Anti-Phishing

So I thought I'd try it out, as it's supposedly worth using. Ha. It suffers from a few rather fundamental problems here:

  • It waited three seconds before claiming the test page was actually a phishing page, even though it's set to use a locally stored list.
  • It changed my browser's configuration just to display the warning - it turned on the navigation toolbar, which would have been fine if it then hid it again after, but it didn't.
  • It positions its "disabled webpage" XUL code horribly, which causes the following extra statusbar row:

    To change into:

    In other words, it inserted itself between extensions and other code usually attached to the statusbar, and the statusbar itself, causing them to all end up at the top of the screen. If you don't see how silly this is, look what happens with the find toolbar:

  • Finally, it completely fails to display the "disabled" webpage. I expect this is Canvas and Cairo being shit, but it none the less makes the entire feature rather sucky.

Permalink | Author: | Tags: Firefox, Phishing | Posted: 01:32PM on Monday, 29 May, 2006 | Comments: 0

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