PayPal: We won’t block Safari users

“PayPal, the online payment system owned by eBay, will prevent people who use older Web browsers that don’t have built in phishing detectors from accessing its site, InfoWorld reports. While the move won’t stop people with old browsers from visiting fake PayPal sites, the company hopes that the move will force people who frequent the real PayPal to upgrade,” Ben Worthen blogs for The Wall Street Journal.

“We just spoke to PayPal. It seems we in the media are reading too much into this. It will block people using old browsers and old operating systems, but contrary to many reports it will not block Apple’s Safari browser,” Worthen reports.

Full article here.

38 Comments

  1. The funny thing is that the blocked browsers will work only on phishing sites if the real Pay Pal site actually blocks them.

    How far does that actually improve security? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Well looks like all that alarmist PayPal trash talking that went on yesterday was a waste of everyone’s time.

    None the less….I still have to use more than one browser b/c Apple refuses to make Safari 100% internet compatible.

    Just my $0.02

  3. Making blocked browsers work only on phishing sites and not the real Pay Pal site improves security by letting the phishers empty the phishee’s bank accounts, therefore having nothing left to steal.

  4. pong: Making blocked browsers work only on phishing sites and not the real Pay Pal site improves security by letting the phishers empty the phishee’s bank accounts, therefore having nothing left to steal.

    That makes sense, of course! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Apple refuses to make Safari 100% internet compatible.

    No, Apple refuses to make Safari 100% Microsoft compatible. Many websites code for Internet Exploder, complete with Microsoft’s non-compliant extensions that only work with Exploder.

  6. Ray,

    You are displaying your ignorance. Please stop. It’s hurting you.
    “Internet compatible” is a meaningless term you made up. So what percentage is Safari? 60%? 80%? You don’t know because you made it up.

    My guess is that you have one or two sites that you visit that don’t support Safari. That is not Safari’s fault, it’s the fault of the developers who use proprietary, non-platform agnostic technology.

    I am a web developer. If anything, Safari is more “internet compatible” (again, completely arbitrary phrase).

    As qka said, it’s MSIE that is the problem. They created their own proprietary “standards” and now every web developer has to cater to their “standards.” Meanwhile, every other browser in the world follows a list of accepted, clearly defined rules for rendering web pages. Safari adheres to this list quite thoroughly. Even better than Firefox.

  7. @Ray

    “None the less….I still have to use more than one browser b/c Apple refuses to make Safari 100% internet compatible.”

    Ahahaha..hahaha.hahaha… OMG.. Ray did you just crawl out from under a rock? LOL

  8. It seems to me everyone’s missing the REAL surprise in the article —

    “It seems we in the media are reading too much into this.”

    Is anyone else here surprised at some actual HONESTY and INTEGRITY in the tech journalism field? (From someone besides Daniel Eran, that is.)

    I applaud you, Mr. Worthen.

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