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UtterAccess Forums _ Virus + Security Discussion _ Study: Anti-Phishing Products

Posted by: DougY Oct 8 2006, 08:17 PM

The study: http://www.3sharp.com/projects/antiphishing/gone-phishing.pdf
Related UA Post: http://www.utteraccess.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=65&Number=1016528. Some of the tools listed in this post are in the study.
A Six Week Study by 3Sharp, a technical services firm, tested eight products for best overall Anti-Phishing accuracy. The product list includes EarthLink, eBay, GeoTrust, Google using Firefox, McAfee, Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, Netcraft, and Netscape. The study found Internet Explorer 7 (beta 3) to block the highest percentage of phishing attacks of the 8 products tested. IE7 also had no false positives
Although the test was commissioned by Microsoft, the report seems to give credit where credit is due to other products, especially the Netcraft Toolbar.
A link to the report is provided at the top of this post. The document is somewhat long (37 pages), however I think itís worth scanning through it if you have the time.
A quick summary of findings from the report:
Study Grid:

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Product            Total Catch     Blocks    Warnings    False
            Rate                Warnings [/color]
GeoTrust TrustWatch    99%        0%    99%    32.2%
IE7 Beta 3        89%        83%    6%    1.6%
Netcraft Toolbar        84%        84%    0%    0%
EarthLink ScamBlocker    64%        14%    50%    0%
Google/Firefox%        53%        53%    0%    0%
eBay Toolbar        46%        46%    0%    0%
Netscape 8.1        28%        28%    0%    0%
McAfee Site Advisor    3%        0%    3%    0%

Final Ranking:
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[color="blue"]
Product                                Points[/color]
1. Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 RC3 with Microsoft Phishing Filter    172
2. Netcraft Toolbar                        168
3. Google Safe Browsing on Firefox                    106
4. eBay Toolbar with a score of                      92
5. Earthlink ScamBlocker                           76
6. GeoTrust TrustWatch                           67
7. Netscape 8.1 with score a of                      56
8. McAfee Site Advisor                            3