MS FIGHTS PHISHING, REVAMPS URLS

  • 01/30/2004
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MS Fights Phishing, Revamps URLs

In an attempt to do away with spoofed urls all together, Microsoft posted a Knowledge Base Article this week outlining its plans to simply do away with user name and authentication information within urls. With a soon-to-be-released update, your IE...
In an attempt to do away with spoofed urls all together, Microsoft posted a Knowledge Base Article this week outlining its plans to simply do away with user name and authentication information within urls. With a soon-to-be-released update, your IE browser and Windows Explorer will no longer support login urls like this. Problem solved, right?

http(s)://username:password@server/resource.ext
With no end in sight to the terrors of Phishing, it is good to see Microsoft take some sort of action, even if extreme. But isn't this a standard supported by other browsers like Mozilla and built into many applications as a means for allowing users to log in via http sans a log in prompt? Well, at least it's a better plan than the company's previous advice.

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