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Firefox Takes Aim at IE7 With New Extensions

Google Safe Browsing Screenshot

A little over a week ago, I reported on some of the new features set for the beta 2 release of IE7. I also questioned whether or not Microsoft was really bringing anything new to the table this time around.

At the time, the only standout innovations available on IE7 seemed to be its anti-phishing technology along with some features for web developers. Well, today you can scratch one of those off the list.

The Official Google Blog has just posted the release of two new extensions for the Firefox 1.5 web browser. The first is “Google Safe Browsing” which is the answer to Microsoft’s anti-phishing software. The Firefox extension is described thusly:

“Google Safe Browsing is an extension to Firefox that alerts you if a web page that you visit appears to be asking for your personal or financial information under false pretences. This type of attack, known as phishing or spoofing, is becoming more sophisticated, widespread and dangerous. That’s why it’s important to browse safely with Google Safe Browsing. By combining advanced algorithms with reports about misleading pages from a number of sources, Safe Browsing is often able to automatically warn you when you encounter a page that’s trying to trick you into disclosing personal information.”

Blogger Web Comments Screenshot

The second extension, “Blogger Web Comments” allows you to see what bloggers are saying about the web page you are currently visiting. It also allows you to easily start or join a conversation using your Blogger blog.

So once again, I am left wondering – what is so ‘new’ about the new IE7?

Posted by Sean

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