Word has it that PayPal is seriously considering locking out older browsers in an attempt to curb phishing attacks. Paypal commented that a large number of people are still using Internet Explorer 3 and 4. These versions were released in 1996 and 1997… It’s hard to imagine many people are still using those dinosaurs, but […]
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PayPal May Block Safari & Older Browsers to Stem Phishing

PayPalWord has it that PayPal is seriously considering locking out older browsers in an attempt to curb phishing attacks. Paypal commented that a large number of people are still using Internet Explorer 3 and 4. These versions were released in 1996 and 1997… It’s hard to imagine many people are still using those dinosaurs, but what the heck do I know!?

A paper released during the RSA security conference in San Fran earlier this month noted:

“In our view, letting users view the PayPal site on one of these browsers is equal to a car manufacturer allowing drivers to buy one of their vehicles without seatbelts…”

With all this news of banning older browsers because of their lack of anti-phishing filters, Apple’s Safari could very well be next on the hit list. Not only is Safari missing anti-phishing filters, but it also does not support Extended Validation SSL Certificates issued to sites that have been tagged as legitimate.

You can bet your butt on it that Apple has their team working just that little bit extra on Safari over the past month or so to get things up to snuff. I’d be surprised if we do not see a major Safari update within the next month or two.

[via Macworld]

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