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[infoworld]PayPal warns: Steer clear of Apple's Safari browser

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This is not an Apple vs. PC (dissing) article!

Apple Safari users beware!

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Safari doesn't make PayPal's list of recommended browsers because it doesn't have two important anti-phishing security features
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If you're using Apple's Safari browser, PayPal has some advice for you: Drop it, at least if you want to avoid online fraud.

Safari doesn't make PayPal's list of recommended browsers because it doesn't have two important anti-phishing security features, according to Michael Barrett, PayPal's chief information security officer.

"Apple, unfortunately, is lagging behind what they need to do, to protect their customers," Barrett said in an interview. "Our recommendation at this point, to our customers, is use Internet Explorer 7 or 8 when it comes out, or Firefox 2 or Firefox 3, or indeed Opera."

Safari is the default browser on Apple's Macintosh computers and the iPhone, but it is also available for the PC. Both Firefox and Opera run on the Mac.

Unlike its competitors, Safari has no built-in phishing filter to warn users when they are visiting suspicious Web sites, Barrett said. Another problem is Safari's lack of support for another anti-phishing technology, called Extended Validation (EV) certificates. This is a secure Web browsing technology that turns the address bar green when the browser is visiting a legitimate Web site.

When it comes to fighting phishing, "Safari has got nothing in terms of security support, only SSL (Secure Sockets Layer encryption), that's it," he said. Apple representatives weren't immediately available to comment on this story.

An emerging technology, EV certificates are already supported in Internet Explorer 7, and they've been used on PayPal's Web site for more than a year now. When IE 7 visits PayPal, the browser's address bar turns green -- a sign to users that the site is legitimate. Upcoming versions of Firefox and Opera are expected to support the technology.

But EV certificates have their critics. Last year, researchers at Microsoft and Stanford University published a study showing that, without training, people were unlikely to notice the green address-bar notification provided by EV certificates.

Still, Barrett says data compiled on PayPal's Web site show that the EV certificates are having an effect. He says IE 7 users are more likely to sign on to PayPal's Web site than users who don't have EV certificate technology, presumably because they're confident that they're visiting a legitimate site.

Over the past few months, IE 7 users have been less likely to drop out and abandon the process of signing on to PayPal, he said. "It's a several percentage-point drop in abandonment rates," he said. "That number is... measurably lower for IE 7 users."

Opera, IE, and Firefox are "safer, precisely because we think they are safer for the average consumer," he added. "I'd love to say that Safari was a safer browser, but at this point it isn't."
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/...browser_1.html
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post #2 of 22
Thats why I use Firefox

Thanks for the info.
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Very interesting...Is there any other software apple users can use? What about on the Ipod touch safari?
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Firefox ftw, no doubt
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Firefox ftw, no doubt
qft
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once again, Apple fails
    
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3F-TW (FFFTW) lol

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Originally Posted by shifty22123 View Post
Very interesting...Is there any other software apple users can use? What about on the Ipod touch safari?
Yeah, Apple users can use Firefox (my favorite), Opera, Mozilla, Netscape, AOL... And whatever other browsers there are out there lol

But for the iPhone/iPod Touch, I don't know. Maybe when the SDK comes out.

I always thought it was really cool in FF how the browser would alert you that the site you are on is a known threat. But honestly, it's not like I would have gotten owned without the feature. If you're smart enough to look at the URL address bar, you'd be fine anyway. But for noobs, like my sister, who get their myspaces phished, this is an essential feature. Especially for people doing more than just myspace online.
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once again, Apple fails
No Apple vs. PC...

Still Firefox pwns...
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I hope I'm good with Opera.

It's good to know Paypal is letting it's users know what's up.
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Still Firefox pwns...
Right. I don't know if anyone but Mac users use Safari, anyway. Most of us are PC users, and we use (mostly) either FF, Opera, or IE, in that order.

Most mac users I know use either Safari or FF, in that order.
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