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vinref
25-05-2005, 12:48 PM
One of the more useful ones out there, launched for IE late last year. It took them a while, but it has now been launched for Firefox on any platform. See Netcraft (www.netcraft.com).

A blurb from the site:


The toolbar runs on any operating system supported by Firefox and displays the hosting location, country, longevity, poularity, and an abstracted risk rating for each site visited.

Additionally, the toolbar blocks access to phishing sites reported by other members of the Netcraft Toolbar community and validated by Netcraft, mobilizing the community into a giant neighborhood watch scheme which empowers the most alert and experienced members to protect the vulnerable against fraud and phishing attacks. Well over 7,000 phishing sites have been detected and blocked by people using the Netcraft Toolbar since the system started at the turn of the year.

It is available to download from the Toolbar website, and requires no special administrator privileges to install.

Customized versions with corporate branding and navigation are also available.

*Sparky*
25-05-2005, 09:42 PM
Hi,
I've seen quite a bit about this phishing but I'm not sure what it is.
Is that where they try and get your credit card details through dubious means etc
Thanks.

Edward
25-05-2005, 10:04 PM
where you get sent to a website (link in email etc) to a fake website that looks like the real thing, where you submit info like passwords to the fake site, thinking that it;s the real website

Strommer
26-05-2005, 10:41 AM
Thanks, Vinref. Looks good. Can someone tell us more about:

longevity, poularity, and an abstracted risk rating

....how these would help us?

And does anyone know if it would slow surfing (I am on dialup).

vinref
26-05-2005, 12:05 PM
Thanks, Vinref. Looks good. Can someone tell us more about:

longevity, poularity, and an abstracted risk rating

....how these would help us?

And does anyone know if it would slow surfing (I am on dialup).

Netcraft is a service that essentially monitors the internet uptime of the internet. I use it to check the uptime of my site and hosting services, and sites I am having trouble getting to. I also use it to find out the OS/Webserver/physical host etc of various sites.

Phishing sites stay up only as long until the authorities shut them down. This is usually a few days only, maybe even a few hours. So longevity is a very important indicator of a phishing site.

The same with popularity - a site purporting to be a major bank but with only a few visitors is bound to be a phishing site.

From these measurements I guess Netcraft estimates or abstracts a risk profile.

piva
26-05-2005, 09:59 PM
Interesting: the link downloaded web.exe which McAfee identified as worm and deleted it. Google search says the same- unwanted.
Piva

Jen
26-05-2005, 10:18 PM
Interesting: the link downloaded web.exe which McAfee identified as worm and deleted it.Which link triggered that download?

piva
27-05-2005, 05:55 AM
"toolbar" on the page the posted link took me to. When I tried it again this morning it didn't try the download.
Regards

Strommer
27-05-2005, 09:26 AM
Read user reviews of Netcraft on CNET Download.com (http://www.download.com/Netcraft-Toolbar/3640-2378_4-10395151.html).

Since CNET has only had Netcraft for less than ten days there are only two user reviews, and these are not exactly flattering. I think I'll wait for more reviews to come in. Keep in mind that there are always negative reviews on Download.com for nearly all programs, so I do not automatically reject a program on the basis of the odd criticism. Netcraft is a great idea.

FWIW, here are 92 other plug-ins on Download.com (http://www.download.com/Plug-ins/3150-2378_4-0.html?tag=stbc.gp)

Strommer
27-05-2005, 09:40 AM
More user reviews:

From Castelcops.com (http://castlecops.com/reviews-169.html)

One reviewer mentions Proxomitron and Protowall. I use Proxomitron and like Metla, higly recommend it, but it is a filter that removes adverts and other unnecessaries and therefore allows for faster surfing. Netcraft is different. Do not know about Protowall. Fraud Eliminator Toolbar is also mentioned - anyone know about this?

.... [Edit] Just found more Castecops reviews here. (http://castlecops.com/t95266-Anti_Phishing_Toolbar_by_Netcraft.html)

...[another edit] From the above Castecops link:
As it stands, Spoofstick or the Earthlink toolbar are better bets (in my very humble opinion). Spoofstick and Earthlink were checked out by me and reported on here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/com...wsing.mspx
I also mentioned Spoofstick here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/com...ddons.mspx

drcspy
27-05-2005, 10:46 AM
had a look but it was an 'autoinstall' and run from javascript so couldn't bypass that by getting the download url from the source code sooo...........no install at this time.........