I just downloaded the latest build of Firefox 2.0 and it seems that they’ve now integrated Safe Browsing. The Safe Browsing extension seems to be the Google extension – I can’t see any real differences between Google’s Safe Browsing extension and the version integrated into Firefox 2.0. It looks the same, feels the same, even the links link back to Google.
I am quite disappointed with the state of Safe Browsing at the moment. When I visited the Safe Browsing test page, it took about 3 or 4 seconds for the "Web Forgery" box to come up. I really don’t like the interface – IE’s behavior of blanking the screen and replacing it with a phising warning is a lot nicer.
The good thing is that remote lookups are disabled by default so Google don’t get any more of your personal data. I will be really annoyed if the default web lookup service stays as Google in the final version – Google shouldn’t get the personal data of every single Firefox user.
- Safe Browsing should be faster. I shouldn’t get shown the page and then 3 seconds later a warning that it’s phising.
- Google should not be linked to in the Phising Block page. Instead, any links should point to Mozilla – a party that all Firefox users can obviously trust as that is where they got their browser from.
- The remote lookup should stay disabled by default (privacy reasons) and if enabled, should download URLs from Mozilla – not Google.
- The speech bubble doesn’t feel very Firefox. It’d look a lot nicer to use a similar interface used in the "page not found" and the feed reader.
- Since Firefox is about maintaining choice, should there be an easy way for security products such as Norton or other sites such as Yahoo! to become the choice for determining whether a page is phishing?
- I’m unsure about the Search box behavior. For some reason, sometimes the results open in a new tab, sometimes in the same tab.
- Get rid of Google Suggest!!!
- I think a Spell Check option should be available in the Tools menu. When I see people using Word, many of them still don’t know you can right click on a word to correct the spelling. Firefox 2.0 assumes people will know the right click behavior.