Opera Browser 9.1 includes Phishing Filter with Real-time Fraud Protection

OPera 9.1 and PhishTank Logos Opera Software has announced that the latest version of its Opera Web browser will incorporate a technology that warns users when they happen to visit a fraudulent web site. Basically, Opera Software is calling for a war against phishers, by including this real-time protection in their Web browser version 9.1 that was released yesterday.

The latest version, Opera 9.1 browser displays a warning when visitors fall upon a Web site that may trick them into revealing passwords, and other very sensitive information. This beefed–up security measure has been acquired from digital certificate expert GeoTrust, and phishing data clearing house PhishTank, that deploys a real-time tool to prevent users from phishing attacks. By clicking here, Opera users can report of any instances of phishing that they may have come across while browsing the Internet.

PhishTank is operated by OpenDNS as well as community members. It aims to encourage the sharing of information related to phishing, thus eliminating the risk to its users.

In fact, the statistics on PhishTank, suggest that more than 9,500 unique phishing attacks took place last month itself. Thus, the developers of Opera browser 9.1, hope that the new protection will ensure that users can browse the Internet in a secure manner, even though the possibility of these threats continues.

Speaking on the launch of Opera 9.1 browser, Jon Von Tetzchner, chief executive of Opera Software, said, “Cyber-criminals are very active during the holiday season as more people venture online to shop or connect with friends and family. At Opera, we work very hard to protect the users of our products. We commit a lot of resources to ensure that our users are as safe as possible when they are online. Opera’s Fraud Protection tool is something we have created with our partners to help users protect themselves.”

It is interesting to note that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers both included a similar anti-phishing feature called a phishing filter in the releases of the latest versions of their web browsers this October.

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