Opera Software introduced real-time Fraud Protection in its Web browser. Fraud Protection includes technology from GeoTrust and PhishTank.
Fraud Protection is available in Opera 9.1, the newest version of Opera’s Web browser.
According to PhishTank, the month of November alone saw more than 9,628 unique phishing attacks. Since most phishing sites are taken down quickly, only real-time protection holds the key to consistent safety.
“We are thrilled that Opera chose PhishTank among all of the available sources of phishing data,” said David Ulevitch, Founder of PhishTank and respected member of the online security community. “Opera has long been a leader in innovation and usability and we hope Opera users find the addition of Fraud Protection from PhishTank in Opera to be of value.”
PhishTank, operated by OpenDNS and community members, enables anyone to submit, verify, track and openly share phishing data. The open access of PhishTank, and the use of PhishTank data in Opera, is intended to encourage the sharing of information and increase the chance of eliminating phishing all together.
Fraud Protection extends the original anti-phishing capability in Opera. Opera 8 introduced the security information field to help determine if a phishing site was masquerading as a trusted and verified site. Fraud Protection adds a new level of online safety by working in real-time to protect Opera users from the latest phishing attacks.
Launched Oct. 2, 2006 to coincide with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, PhishTank employs a sophisticated voting system that requires the community to vote “phish” or “not phish,” reducing the possibility of false positives and improving the overall breadth and coverage of the phishing data. PhishTank makes all phishing data it accumulates public and available via programmable APIs, which allow other software developers to incorporate the anti-phishing data into their tools. The open access is intended to encourage the sharing of information and increase the chance of eliminating phishing all together.