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Perspectives Extension Improves HTTPS Security

Oct 21, 2008, 18:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"The trouble is that these situations are so commonplace that no one reads Firefox's security warnings anymore. Users soon learn that they have no real alternative to clicking on the "accept anyway" button and hoping for the best. A pop-up window invites the user to manually verify the identity of a Web site and certificate, but as critics have noted, does not explain how to do so, much less facilitate the process. Over time, the warnings get tuned out like the constantly barking watchdog or the hypersensitive car alarm.

"The Perspectives extension doesn't eliminate the security warnings, but it does provide a simple point-and-click method for testing questionable certificates, based on research done at Carnegie Mellon University."

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