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Opera Browser Now Has Phishing Filter

Associated Press News Wire (
Mon, 18 Dec 2006 13:58:10

The latest version of the Opera Web browser incorporates a technology
that warns users when they visit a fraudulent site.

Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox both included
such a feature -- called a phishing filter -- in their new releases in

Like the others, Opera Software ASA's free Opera 9.1 browser displays
a warning when visitors go to a site that may trick them into
revealing passwords and other sensitive information. Opera's update
was released Monday.

For the lists of bad sites, Opera is tapping into the PhishTank
project from OpenDNS LLC. Users submit to the messages
they believe are scams, and others in the PhishTank community examine
the message and the site to which it links and vote on whether it is
or isn't a scam.

Opera has a sliver of the Web browsing market. According to
WebSideStory, Internet Explorer leads with 88 percent of the
U.S. share on computers running Microsoft's Windows operating
system. Firefox is second at nearly 11 percent.

The Norwegian browser maker has made greater inroads on mobile phones.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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