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Apple goes public with security in Safari 4
Published: 2009-02-25

Apple announced on Tuesday the public availability of its next browser, Safari 4, seemingly adding a host of new security features to the program along with speedier Javascript processing and additional eye candy, such as cover flow.

The security features are not new, however. The company quietly added anti-malware and phishing protection, as well as support for extended validation certificates with its Safari 3.2 update last November. The quiet release of the security features in the previous version of Apple's browser explains why the company did not mark any of its list of 19 security features as new.

The significant — albeit three-month old — security features include anti-phishing and anti-malware protection through a dynamic blacklisting service as well as private browsing, antivirus integration and a host of privacy features, such as cookie blocking and cache deletion, according to Apple's list. The company has moved the extended validation cue — a green highlighted domain name — into the address bar.

Apple has taken some heat for being the last major browser to include anti-phishing features, which Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera added to their browsers in the first half of last year. Apple did beat other browser makers in its adoption of private browsing as well as the offline storage options of the next-generation Web language, HTML 5.

The Safari 4 beta for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X can be downloaded from Apple's site.

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Posted by: Robert Lemos
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