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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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  • B

    You are simply one more of the idiots who has no idea what they are talking about, You are nothing more than a regurgitator.

  • High Roller

    I’m sure Mr. Mayor appreciates those enlightening comments ‘B’.

    I for one enjoy reading his takes on the mac news. It isn’t ‘regurgitated’ news at all. He always puts his own spin on things. I’ve been reading the site for a long time now and keep coming back every day.

    If you don’t like it, tough nuggies… Why don’t you start your own site or at least put your name on your comments instead of signing it ‘B’ 🙂

  • madmacmat

    weird comment, indeed… I think it is good not to get the news from techies understanding a browser to the very last line of code, but for someone who can communicate news in a way it is understood…

    There surely is no way of avoiding repetitions as well, question then really is what style you prefer… Mayor is doing a good job due to this point, getting highrollers and my attention… I started to get my information predominantly from here and Mactechnews, a german site…

    in agreement with highroller, using a pseudonym and simply ranting without even the speck of a solution is much more doubtable in my eyes… waste of time, that is…

  • SidinKeyWest

    Link: http://www.9to5mac.com/paypal_denies_safari_block_plan
    This quote from 9 to 5 Mac this morning:

    In a response to an article on the Wall Street Journal, PayPal Corporate Communications spokesman, Michael Oldenburg said: “PayPal is developing features to block customers from logging into PayPal when using obsolete browsers on outdated or unsupported operating systems. An example of such a browser/OS combination might be, for example, Internet Explorer 4 running on Windows 98. In doing so, we better protect our customers from viewing a phishing site through their browser. We have absolutely no intention of blocking current versions of any browsers, including Apple’s Safari, from our website.”

  • Umm LOL… PayPal already made a statement that this FUD going around with Safari is untrue. They are not going to block Safari users.

  • Rob Owen

    In a response to an article on the Wall Street Journal, PayPal Corporate Communications spokesman, Michael Oldenburg said: “PayPal is developing features to block customers from logging into PayPal when using obsolete browsers on outdated or unsupported operating systems. An example of such a browser/OS combination might be, for example, Internet Explorer 4 running on Windows 98. In doing so, we better protect our customers from viewing a phishing site through their browser. We have absolutely no intention of blocking current versions of any browsers, including Apple’s Safari, from our website.”