FireFox three is out for literally months now, with most users having migrated some time ago – nevertheless, a small group of villagers…I guess that you know the story ;) . Google has traditionally financed FireFox and still does so, but has recently launched a browser of its own.

A recent Computerworld announcement made me think that Google is about to restart the fight:

Beltzner said Google asked Mozilla to disable the feature in Firefox 2.0.0.19 because the older browser line uses an obsolete protocol.

“The Phishing Protection feature in Firefox 2 relies on data provided by Google via the first version of the SafeBrowsing protocol,” said Beltzner, who explained that Google and Mozilla had worked together to update the protocol, first to SafeBrowsing v2.1 late last year, and more recently, to SafeBrowsing v2.2.

However, the announcement is not as severe as it looks – FireFox three uses the latest version of the protocol, and still gets its data from Google…

P.S. There is a nice browser war going on currently – but it’s in the S60 market…

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  5. FireFox ditches Google in Russia

2 Responses to “Lack of anti-phishing feature in FireFox 2 does not signal new browser war”

  1. As I always said: Opera FTW :D
    Btw, the first alpha of version 10 is there *dance*:
    http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog/2008/12/03/peregrine-takes-flight-opera-10-0-alpha-is-here

  2. Hi Jonas,
    I have to say that I am more than happy with FireFox 3. But…nothing speaks against giving Opera a pop ;)

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

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