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Mac users should dump dangerous Safari

Consumer group urges switch to Firefox or Opera

A US consumer group has urged Mac users to dump Apple's Safari browser due to its failure to protect users from phishing.

Consumer Reports said Mac users should instead switch to a browser with anti-phishing protection, such as Firefox or Opera.

Jeff Fox, Consumer Reports' technology editor, said that while Mac users are as likely to fall for phishing sites as those running Windows, Safari users are more likely to be exposed to the dangers of fake sites.

"This is the one area where the Mac doesn't have an advantage in security," Fox said, in an interview with Computerworld US. "Significantly fewer Mac users were using anti-phishing technologies, but they were pretty much identical to Windows users about giving personal information.

"Windows users are used to being paranoid about not clicking," he said. "Mac users aren't, even though they say, 'Anti-virus software, who needs it?'"

See also:

Apple Safari 3.1 web browser review

Firefox 3.0 review

Internet Explorer 8.0 beta review

Opera 9.5 review


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