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Paypal to block 'unsafe browsers'

 9:33 pm on Apr 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

BBC News: Paypal to block 'unsafe browsers' [news.bbc.co.uk]

Web payment firm Paypal has said it will block "unsafe browsers" from using its service as part of wider anti-phishing efforts.

Customers will first be warned that a browser is unsafe but could then be blocked if they continue using it.

Paypal said it was "an alarming fact that there is a significant set of users who use very old and vulnerable browsers such as Internet Explorer 4".

Paypal themselves do not seem to have further info about this development on their site - at least not yet.

Paypal press releases: https://www.paypal-media.com/releases.cfm



 11:16 pm on Apr 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Related: PayPal warns: Steer clear of Apple's Safari browser [webmasterworld.com]

It's not just older browsers, but also current browsers such as Safari which don't offer anti-phishing technology or similar mechanisms for ensuring security - or rather, features which increase the perception of security.


 1:57 am on Apr 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Paypal, for finally doing something to get rid of these older browsers! With the volume of your userbase you could actually do all webmasters a favour here.

I suggest that IE6 is included as unsafe along with any other browser out of its support period.


 12:51 pm on Apr 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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