Friday, February 29, 2008

PayPal/eBay Say That Apple's Safari Web Browser Isn't A Good Choice

From the article on Yahoo! Business:

Safari doesn't make PayPal's list of recommended browsers because it doesn't have two important anti-phishing security features, according to Michael Barrett, PayPal's chief information security officer.

"Apple, unfortunately, is lagging behind what they need to do, to protect their customers," Barrett said in an interview. "Our recommendation at this point, to our customers, is use Internet Explorer 7 or 8 when it comes out, or Firefox 2 or Firefox 3, or indeed Opera."

Safari is the default browser on Apple's Macintosh computers and the iPhone, but it is also available for the PC.

Quote: When it comes to fighting phishing, "Safari has got nothing in terms of security support, only SSL (Secure Sockets Layer encryption), that's it," he said. Apple representatives weren't immediately available to comment on this story.

Opera, IE, and Firefox are "safer, precisely because we think they are safer for the average consumer," he added. "I'd love to say that Safari was a safer browser, but at this point it isn't."

Link to full article

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Ummm ... ok. No where does this article mention what problems PayPal or eBay have seen as a result of this.

This line kinda made me laugh:

"... safer, precisely because we think they are safer for the average consumer."

Microsoft says they have the best operating system, best MP3 player, and best gaming console - I suppose by that logic ... they are the best because THEY SAY SO!

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