Thunderbird Anti-Phishing Tools

It is probably safer to assume close to everyone reading this has received phishing email at some point, as have the great majority of your customers.

The Mozilla Foundation’s Thunderbird email client will now include scam detection capabilities. (Thanks Thomas Rutter for the tip off on this!) If the app thinks an email message is a possible scam message – it will notify the user with a visual queue. Similar to spam tools, it will also have a “not a scam” button to denote safe messages – for example notifications of online statements from financial institutions you work with.

Among its features, Thunderbird will reconcile the hostname shown in an href’s display link and the underlying destination URL — which is one of the primary methods for ‘phishing’ people into visiting sites that aren’t as they appear.

There is a final warning dialog if a user proceeds and clicks a link, and gives one last chance to cancel.

More information is available on Mozilla Bugzilla (including screenshots).

Not only can this serve as a time-saver for email-savvy folks like web professionals, but it also is another opportunity for friendly non-sales contact with your prospects and existing clients – and further introduction to open source alternatives for all platforms – meaning the Mozilla sphere of applications (Linux, Mac and Windows).

Thomas also noted he thinks this is a very good feature, “as it will educate average users about the potential problems of clicking links in emails.* Even if it does not detect all scams or there are a few false positives, the fact that it exists will inform people that links in emails are not always safe.”

Nightly builds of Thunderbird include the new scam tool and it is expected to be in Thunderbird 1.1.


Category: open source Time: 2005-03-18 Views: 0

Related post

  • Anti phishing software? 2012-08-23

    Is there an anti phishing software in ubuntu which may even rate websites while searching and surfing ,something like avg secure search in windows or the software u get with bitdefender which puts a ticks or crosses on links while searching.Though mo

  • Anti-Phishing Toolbar 2004-12-30

    Interesting tidbit that was Slashdotted earlier – Netcraft has released an anti-phishing toolbar that leverages the enormous database of web sites the organization manages. It allows for reporting of fraudulent sites (which are reviewed by Netcraft p

  • Anti-rootkit tool for Windows 7 2011-04-17

    Which anti-rootkit tool runs under Windows 7? I tried icesword 1.22 and darkspy 1.05 but both failed to start. Icesword gives me this error: Initialize failed[1]! And Windows tells me that darkspy is not compatible with my Windows version. Rootkit re

  • Does the "Bad Behavior" anti-spam tool exist for phpBB? 2012-02-29

    I've come across the highly praised anti-spam tool "Bad Behavior". There is a dead-simple WordPress plugin, but I also want to use Bad Behavior with a forum powered by phpBB. The Bad Behavior Installation Instructions does list phpBB but is it d

  • Anti-Phishing Campaign Objective 2013-03-12

    At every office I have worked, links and files, both internal and external, are shared in emails. Is the objective of an anti-phishing campaign that users never click on blind, or otherwise unknown, links? pdfs? Any file or link? What is the expected

  • What's the difference between "anti-virus", "anti-malware" and "anti-spyware" tools? 2013-12-31

    Many products (such as Norton or McAfee) advertise as "anti-virus" tools or suites, while others advertise as "anti-malware" (like Malwarebytes), and even more as "anti-spyware" (Spybot S&D). Are those terms just marketin

  • How does anti-phishing software work to identify phishing sites? 2014-04-21

    To clarify, my question isn't on how to protect myself from phishing. What I'm curious about is how exactly software can identify whether or not a website is designed for phishing, ignoring word identifiers/scanners to looking for spam/phishing sound

  • Anti-phishing educational resources for users? 2014-07-07

    I'm am looking into conducting a phishing campaign to gauge how susceptible my workplace is to phishing attacks. Part of this will involve guiding "duped" users to materials or resources that will help users learn how to spot and handle phishing

  • Preventing phishing of few critical websites 2015-06-10

    Suppose $S$ is a set of known websites which are very important. Assume there is an anti-phishing tool company $A$ which is aware of such websites. Can the company A reliably develop an anti-phishing tool just to distinguish the websites of set $S$ f

  • How to identify whether my login page is phished page or actual page? 2012-08-22

    how can i determine the difference between phished page and the normal web page?i knew about only one method https and http before the address will be one of the identification .. is it there any other methods to find whether the login page is phishe

  • How to tell what viruses are covered by your anti-virus software 2012-11-28

    One of our corporate twitter accounts recently started sending out DMs to its followers. Looking at the content of these it seems we'd become infected with Troj/Mdrop-EML. All computers on our company network should be up to date with Symantec Anti V

  • Is Yahoo SignIn Seal effective at phishing prevention? 2013-01-16

    Possible Duplicate: Effectiveness of Security Images Information about the efficacy of Yahoo's SignIn Seal is scarce, the best I could find was this section on Wikipedia's entry on Phishing, claiming that "few users refrain from entering their passwo

  • Thunderbird uses wrong attachment mime type on Windows Vista 2009-09-17

    Thunderbird running on Windows Vista has usually sent Microsoft Word documents as mime type application/msword, which as I understand is correct. However, now it has suddenly decided to send Word documents as mime type text/richtext, which creates a

  • How to get a free full anti malware coverage on windows? 2009-11-21

    There are many specialized anti malware applications, namely: Anti-virus Anti-spyware Anti-malware Anti-rootkit And so on. What combination of free Windows tools would protect me from any sort of malware? --------------Solutions------------- 4 or rat

  • Portable Anti-virus/spyware/malware toolkit 2010-01-27

    I am trying to remove a plethora of viruses from a friend's computer and was wondering if anyone knew of a portable anti-virus toolkit? What I am thinking of is a live-cd/dvd that may boot up windows or linux that had a few anti-virus tools on there.

  • Converting Outlook Express csv adress book and dbx files into Thunderbird on W7 2010-05-31

    Recently I changed my OS from XP to W7. I made backup of any Outlook Express messages (the dbx files and adress book as CSV). On W7 I want to import that data into Thunderbird. There is option for importing from Outlook Express, but it is looking for

  • Is it possible to create a custom Editor Object for Arcmap and tie it to a custom tool? 2010-11-26

    I have some spatial enabled tables tables in SQL Server 2008 and add them to ArcMap using custom layers(or a a spatial enabled OLE DB provider) successfully,but as you know,the editor toolbar of ArcMap doen't get enabled for these layers. Is it possi

  • How to install anti-virus without administrative rights? 2010-12-30

    In situations where the PC has no CD drive and operating a guest account with limited privileges, how to install an anti-virus tool? Malware is not permitting to open any anti-virus vendor's site and also blocking all sites opened via Google that con

  • Migrating from Evolution to Thunderbird 2011-02-21

    I would really like to switch over to Thunderbird from Evolution. I have had a look around and haven't found a good up to date how to for migrating. I have quite a lot of emails and filters and would like to make the transition as painless as possibl

iOS development

Android development

Python development

JAVA development

Development language

PHP development

Ruby development


Front-end development


development tools

Open Platform

Javascript development

.NET development

cloud computing


Copyright (C), All Rights Reserved.

processed in 0.887 (s). 13 q(s)