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Opera 9.1 released with Fraud Protection

     
5:24 pm on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Opera Browser Now Has Phishing Filter [forbes.com] (forbes.com)
The latest version of the Opera Web browser incorporates a technology that warns users when they visit a fraudulent site. (...) 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.

See also: Opera Fraud Protection [opera.com] (opera.com)

When Opera Fraud Protection is enabled, you contact a server at Opera every time you request a Web page. HTTPS sites are checked via an encrypted channel, while IP addresses on the local intranet will never be checked. The server checks the domain name of the requested page against live whitelists compiled by GeoTrust, and blacklists compiled by GeoTrust and Phishtank. (...) The domain name is forwarded to GeoTrust in plain text, together with a hash of the URL, if the site you are checking is served by HTTP. The full URL is not sent, but a fingerprint of the full URL is needed in case you visit a dangerous page on a site that is otherwise harmless. (...) By default, Opera Fraud protection is disabled.
6:56 pm on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Wonder how much this will slow you down, as the phishing filter already slowed it down enough till I turned it off.
7:47 pm on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How was it slowing you down? The checking all happens concurrently in the background, or so I've been lead to believe.

12:44 am on Dec 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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More importantly, how useful is it?

The Firefox/Google anti-phish seems to be much better than MSIE 7's implementation.

I find it hard to believe that the bottom player in the field is doing the best job.

3:05 am on Dec 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I find it hard to believe that the bottom player in the field is doing the best job.

Have you ever used the browser (say, post v8) for an extended period of time? A lot of people who have say it's the best browser. Don't blame the browser, blame the marketing ;)

12:36 am on Dec 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have barely noticed any slowdown with the sitecheck.

One thing that irritates me about this particular version is that when I view my adsense ads and then try to view via channels, the browser refreshes and I can't see any channel data. Frustrating in that I have to fire up anohter browser to see this data.

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By default, Opera Fraud protection is disabled.

But why?! Surely most users will leave it off, defeating the purpose.

 

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