Firefox 3 Beta 3 steps up its security game

Summary:Mozilla launched the third beta of its Firefox 3 browser Tuesday night with enhanced security features.Firefox 3 Beta 3 contains more than 1,300 changes from the second beta to improve performance.

Mozilla launched the third beta of its Firefox 3 browser Tuesday night with enhanced security features.

Firefox 3 Beta 3 contains more than 1,300 changes from the second beta to improve performance. Meanwhile, Mozilla improved some of the security features in Firefox 3 Beta 3. Among the notable items detailed in Mozilla's release notes:

  • Improved one-click site information: Mozilla says you can click on a site's favicon in the location bar to wee who owns the site and whether the connection is secure. Identity verification is also easer to use.
  • Malware protection: Firefox 3 Beta 3 includes malware protection that warns users when they get to sites that are known to deliver malicious payloads.
  • Add-on updates. Firefox will disable add-ons that update in an "insecure manor." This feature could cut down on some of the flat file vulnerability issues of late.
  • Vista parental controls: Firefox 3 now is compatible with Vista's control settings to disable file downloads.
  • Anti-virus integration: Firefox 3 will inform antivirus software when downloading executables.

And there are other features, but the big picture is this: Mozilla recognizes that browsers are often the weak security link. As a result Mozilla is building in more features to plug-and-play with existing security software. It may not be a stretch to predict that many security features in existing suites will be built into future browsers.

Topics: Security, Browser

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