8/31/2005

MS Released Phishing Filter and Games Add-Ins

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 7:43 am

MSN today unveiled two new MSN® Search Toolbar Add-ins, enabling people to customize their toolbar to their specific interests and providing a smarter searching and browsing experience. These latest add-ins for MSN Search Toolbar include a beta of the Microsoft® Phishing Filter Add-in, which helps protect customers from potential risks of phishing Web sites and online identity theft, and the Games Add-in, providing one-click access to some of the Web’s most popular online games via MSN Games.


Add-ins are available to download for free at http://addins.msn.com, and consumers can obtain the free MSN Search Toolbar at http://toolbar.msn.com. The latest add-ins are currently available in the U.S. only.

This new Phishing Filter add-in uses a dynamic system that quickly checks the Web pages customers visit with an online service with up-to-the-hour information to see if the sites they visit are suspicious or actual reported phishing Web sites. The filter will block customers from entering personal data if the site is confirmed. If the Web site contains characteristics common to a phishing Web site, but is not in the list of known sites, the MSN Search Toolbar will provide a warning and give people the option to continue or close their tab in the toolbar.

 

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