Google and Firefox – saving the world, one phishing site at a time

So, I logged out of my internet banking service, and got a ‘stop’ icon on the right hand side of my toolbar, and a pop up box telling me that the site was a suspected web forgery. I was given the options of reading more, leaving the page – “Get me out of here!”, “Ignore this warning”, and “This isn’t a web forgery”. Since I’d just logged out of the secure area, I was pretty sure that it wasn’t a phishing site, so decided to use the final option. This allowed me to submit a report anonymously, detailing why I didn’t think it was a phishing page.

So I did.
And this is the report I got back:

Google

Google Safe Browsing for Firefox BETA

Report Sent

Thanks for sending a report to Google. Now that you’ve done your good deed for the day, feel free to:

1. Take a second to rejoice merrily for doing your part in making the web a safer place.

2. Call/email/write to a neighbor/friend/relative and tell them what phishing is and how they can protect themselves.

3. Check out other extensions for Firefox from Google.

4. Spread the love by joining the Spread Firefox community.

I’m going to go for option 1. Feel my merry rejoicing!! 🙂

I think this will probably be a good thing – after all, I would have no idea who to report a phishing site to if I found one, and this way, I should be protected if I stumble across one, with a clear process for getting a wrongly identified site removed from the list.
I also like the fact that it’s not forcing you to leave a site – it allows you the option of continuing with what you were doing, instead of treating you like a child and enforcing its guidance…

Author: Jennie

Law, libraries, books, crafts, and general geekery.

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