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    firefox seems to be better than safari at preventing phishing websites from opening.
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    firefox seems to be better than safari at preventing phishing websites from opening.
    I got time on my hands to tinker around with IT stuff... experiment.

    On my old iMac, El Capitan, no extensions installed in either browser, DNS network settings set to use 1.1.1.1. I go to openphish (dot com)... I like to click the live phishing links on this site to see what happens, what they look like, etc. I just click a link to visit the phishing site. I don't install any software. Doing this just to see what happens, to learn and be informed....

    Ive noticed that Safari will almost always open a phishing site/link without warning me that it's a dangerous site, where Firefox almost never opens the site and warns me that the site is dangerous.

    Just wanted to share this... pretty important find I thought... the best way to protect users from phishing sites is to not let them open the link/site in the first place.


    I like Safari, but I don't trust it as much, and it wont let me disable history which I find really annoying.
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    firefox seems to be better than safari at preventing phishing websites from opening.
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    What happens when you perform the same test with the latest version of Safari and from Mojave or Catalina?

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    firefox seems to be better than safari at preventing phishing websites from opening.
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    What are the Security settings for both browsers? Are the defaults any different?


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    firefox seems to be better than safari at preventing phishing websites from opening.
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    I have Mojave on my 2015 imac, but I've not been crazy about the idea of opening up live phishing links on my main mac that has sensitive data on it... so I've not tried it yet. And none of my macs have Catalina installed. My 2007 imac Has no personal data on it to be stolen if for some reason something went wrong. Great question though...


    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    What happens when you perform the same test with the latest version of Safari and from Mojave or Catalina?
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    great question answers below. I can see that Firefox has more security settings than Safari does...


    On safari 11.1.2,

    security tab> warn when visiting a fraudulent site is checked/on. enable javascript and block pop up windows is also checked/on

    Privacy tab> cookies and website data is set to "allow from websites I visit". ask websites not to track me is also checked/on.

    no extensions are installed.

    advanced tab> show full website address is checked.

    firefox 70.0.1

    general> network settings… settings… Enable DNS over HTTPS is checked/on

    privacy and security tab> custom> cookies are checked to block cross site and social media trackers, tracking content in all windows is checked, Crytominers is checked, fingerprinters is also checked.

    not saving any logins or passwords.

    no extensions are installed.




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    What are the Security settings for both browsers? Are the defaults any different?


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    Safari 13.0.3 did a better job of warning me about the phishing links and not allowing me to open them, so that is good to know. just tried that on my newer imac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macgig View Post
    Safari 13.0.3 did a better job of warning me about the phishing links and not allowing me to open them, so that is good to know. just tried that on my newer imac.
    Thanks for testing. I had thought that Apple upped the security on the latest versions of Safari. I believe it may even be more enhanced with Catalina. I can't test it myself because for now I can not run Catalina on my primary machine since I have a 32 bit app that I need to keep.

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