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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 28 September 2006 13:16
September 28, 2006 (1:36 PM EDT)
Anti-Phishing Tests Name IE 7, Netcraft Toolbar As Best

By Gregg Keizer, TechWeb Technology News

A Microsoft-sponsored test of eight anti-phishing tools put Internet Explorer 7's filter at the top of the list, the Redmond, Wash. developer said Thursday.

3Sharp LLC, a technical services company with offices in Redmond and Toledo, Ohio, pitted IE 7 against Firefox (which uses the Google Safe Browsing technology), Netscape 8.1, McAfee's SiteAdvisor, tools from EarthLink and GeoTrust, and toolbars from eBay and Netcraft.

IE 7's anti-phishing filter, one of the still-under-construction browser's biggest additions, scored 172 out of a possible 200; the composite scoring system was based on the accuracy of each tool in detecting real phishing sites and its error rate in incorrectly blocking legitimate URLs (false positives).

A close second was the Netcraft Toolbar, with 168 out of 200. Firefox (106), eBay Toolbar (92), and EarthLink ScamBlocker (76) rounded out the top five. To test each tool, 3Sharp sicced it on 100 live phishing sites and 500 known "good" URLs.

"We believe that this is the most comprehensive public study to date of how well anti-phishing technologies work against live phish," said Paul Robichaux, a 3Sharp senior partner, in a statement."....More

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