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Phishing is one thing PayPal and others have been trying to fight for quite some time but despite lots of strategies and measures, the problem remains. The next step in PayPal's anti-phishing campaign will go all the way and literally block browsers that are too old to have enhanced security measures like Extended Validation SSL Certificates.

Apparently, PayPal observed that some people are still using browsers like Internet Explorer 3 or 4 and those are the perfect examples of what not to surf the web with, especially if you're making purchases through it. Soon enough, PayPay will be blocking access of these browsers and encourage people to update to new, more secure versions. Anything like Firefox 2, IE7 and Opera 9 should do fine.
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I think this is a good call by paypal. Sure it may suck for people who don't know anything about computer security and they will complain a lot about it, but there is just too much risk using something like IE 4. The annoyance of upgrading a browser is much less than the annoyance of getting your identity back.
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This is more reasonable than MS blocking Firefox on their website. Idiots.
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This is more reasonable than MS blocking Firefox on their website. Idiots.

MS does that because FF doesn't add to their market dominance...and they're partly jealous of it
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I think the majority of users have more up to date browsers these days so hopefully the effect will be minimal. I think this is a good move by Paypal.
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Good move. I just hope they don't leave less well known linux browsers out of the loop. Often times devices like cellphones use unstandard yet fairly capable browsers.

It's surprising that people would still be on IE3/4. There should be some way to force them to upgrade. That's just asking for viruses and identity theft.
     
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It's surprising that people would still be on IE3/4. There should be some way to force them to upgrade. That's just asking for viruses and identity theft.
Unless theyre still using Windows 98?
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PayPal's anti-phishing measures to include browser blocking


But not Safari:

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When PayPal's information security chief recently outlined new measures the company will take to battle phishing attacks and online frauds, it became evident that Apple's Safari browser lacks certain basic security features. Some predicted PayPal will block Safari users from accessing the online payment service altogether. A company spokesperson now reassured users that this wasn't the case. However, there are no security features in Safari to protect users from online scams and identity theft...
Source: http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/37042/108/
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Unless theyre still using Windows 98?
Win98 will run FF2 just fine, and probably FF3, as well as x86 IE7 and IE6. Hell it can be configured to use a Core2Duo if you really wanted to(hax have been around for ages to allow dual-cpu use, Windows would see each core as a physical processor and probably think it's a dual-socket mobo...lol.), it's not that old...now win3.1 is a diff story
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It's about time PayPal does something right. Tho it's not like I'll ever get to use it again.
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