Netcraft Anti-Phishing Toolbar


Gordon Darling

This has just appeared on Slashdot.

"Netcraft has released an Anti-Phishing Toolbar that provides detailed
information about the website you are visiting (sites' hosting location,
country, longevity and popularity) at all times to help users to validate
fraudulent URLs. It also natively traps cross site scripting and other
suspicious URLs. The toolbar also enables users to report phishing attacks
to Netcraft, thus blocking any other unsuspecting users from being harmed
(Netcraft supervisor validation is used to contain the impact of any false
reporting). Currently the toolbar is only available for IE but a Firefox
version is under development."

(Not clear if freeware - but seems to be)

Netcraft Anti-Phishing Toolbar Available for Download Security The
Netcraft Toolbar uses Netcraft's enormous databases of web site
information to show you all the attributes of each site you visit on the
Web, including the sites' hosting location, country, longevity and

It also mobilizes the Netcraft community into a giant neighbourhood watch
scheme to empower the most alert and experienced members to protect the
vulnerable against fraud and phishing attacks.

Toolbar features include:
Clear display of sites' hosting location at all times helps you validate
fraudulent urls (e.g. the main online banking site of a large US bank is
unlikely to be hosted in the former Soviet Union). Once you report a
phishing URL, it is blocked for other community members subsequently
accessing it. The leverage of widely disseminated attacks (people
constructing phishing attacks send literally millions of electronic mails
in the expectation that some will reach customers of the bank) is utilized
to expedite blocking of the fraud site. Natively traps cross site
scripting and other suspicious urls containing characters which have no
common purpose other than to deceive. Netcraft supervisor validation is
used to contain the impact of any false reporting of urls. Display of
browser navigational controls (toolbar & address bar) in all windows, to
defend against pop up windows which attempt to hide the navigational
controls to disguise location. Happily coexists with Google and other

The Netcraft Toolbar is available now. Please download and try out the
toolbar, and let us have your opinions.



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