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Opera To Beef Up Browser Security

Opera Software ASA released the second beta version of the next release of its desktop browser, which includes a new anti-spoofing feature.

Opera Software ASA on Friday released the second beta version of the next release of its desktop browser, which includes a new anti-spoofing feature.

The latest beta, available for download through the Opera site, displays security information inside the address bar that can help the user determine the legitimacy of a website. By clicking on the small, yellow security bar, the user can get information on the validity of the site's security certificate.

"One of the most important measures to counter phishing attacks is the use of security certificates," Christen Krogh, vice president of engineering at the Norwegian company, said in a statement. "The challenge for browser vendors is to better explain the verification of certificates and to make the user more aware of this additional verification before entering into secure transactions."

To address concerns over internationalized domain names, Opera's second beta only displays localized domain names from top-level domains that have established strict policies on the domain names they allow to be registered. Opera plans to regularly update its list of trusted TLDs.

Other new security features include support for online certificate status protocol, which is used to verify that a security certificate has not been revoked by authorities.

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