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Netscape gets behind the 8.0 ball
Netscape is touting its new browser as being laden with security features. In fact, Jeremy Liew, general manager of Netscape, said that "security is the sizzle that will get people to use this new browser." Among the new tools is a system of icons that indicate whether a site is a known threat, an unknown quantity, or believed to be secure. The browser relies upon a database of 150,000 "trusted" Web sites rated by VeriSign and Truste, among other resources.
At right is the sort of screen users will see if they attempt to visit a site that's a known security risk. If the user wants to visit the site despite its poor rating, Netscape launches Firefox, which is less vulnerable, and disables some functionality, such as cookies, for added security.