Skip to main content

Check malware and phishing protection enabled or working properly in Firefox

Modern browsers have the ability to block web forgeries (also known as phishing pages) and malware attacked web sites. Usually these two settings are enabled by default on your browser.

However, if somebody has changed the settings or these two features are not working properly in your Firefox, here is how to test them.

To test web forgery (phishing), just enter at You should get a warning message as shown below.

And to test Malware attacked site, just enter at You should get a warning message as shown below.

If your Firefox not detecting anything just check whether above two settings (Block Reported Attack site and Block Reported Web Forgeries) are enabled by going to Tools – Option – Security [see screenshot below].

OK, what are web forgeries or phishing? It is a process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by hiding as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Firefox 2 and above have ability to block phishing sites.

You can also make yourself safe from web forgeries by:

  1. Not following links from your e-mail to banks or online commerce sites; instead, use your bookmarks or type in the web page address by hand;
  2. Using the Firefox Password Manager to remember your passwords instead of entering them manually;
  3. Using an e-mail product like Mozilla Thunderbird, which detects and alerts you when it finds links to web forgeries in your e-mail.

And what is Attack Sites (malware or badware site)? These sites can attack your computer without you even realizing it. These attacks can steal your personal information, damage your computer or use your system to attack others. Firefox 3 and later have ability to identify such sites.

You can help make yourself safer from Attack Sites by:

  1. Not downloading software from sites you don't trust even if they claim it is required; if a site says that a plugin is necessary, go directly to the plugin vendor's web site instead;
  2. Keeping your system up to date by applying security updates promptly for Firefox and other applications, as well as your computer's operating system;
  3. Not opening email attachments from people you don't know even when they appear to be harmless things like screensavers or videos.

Hope these information helpful to you. (via Firefox)


Post a Comment

Please leave your valuable comment below

Popular posts from this blog

Surf the Web Anonymously With Firefox Add-on Phproxy

There are several web based proxy servers available to surf the internet anonymously or as from another country. The Firefox add-on (Firefox 3 – 4) Phzilla helps you view a webpage or surf the internet using the PHProxy (a type of web based proxy server) proxy servers. It is very easy and convenient to use.

Restore Lost Capacity Of Your USB Flash Drive (How to)

Some malware can hide full capacity of your USB flash drive. For example, a 4GB pen drive sometimes shows only 500kb or less. An interesting part of this situation is that, even after removing the malware or formatting the USB flash drive, you will not get back its original capacity. Therefore, the question here is how to restore a USB flash drive to its full capacity.

Which is the safest browser- IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera?

The safest way to surf the web is to pick the best browser, but how? The most important parameter while judging a browser is its security . Because of the ever growing threats via web browsers, browser developers have trying to give best security features to their browser. All major browsers have added security technologies to combat web-based threats, but, not all of them have taken the same approach, nor claim to stop the same breadth of attacks. NSS Labs , the leading independent security product testing and certification organization, has examined six major browsers- A pple Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera against socially engineered Malware and published a report called ‘ Web Browser Security - Socially Engineered Malware Protection ’. The report reveals that Internet Explorer 8 (RC1) is the safest one with a 69% catch rate against Malware. It was 30% in Mozilla Firefox (3.07), 24% in Apple Safari, 16% in Google Chro