One of the most significant new features in Internet Explorer 7 is the Phishing Filter (to check it out, see this IE7 gallery). Microsoft has decided to make the Phishing Filter available for IE6. However, before you start cheering, you should know that the Phishing Filter will be available as part of the MSN Search Toolbar. Microsoft is really trying to get users to give MSN another look after making a number of improvements to it this year, so I understand what they are doing. Unfortunately, I just don't want to install another toolbar in my browser. If you don't have the Vista beta and want to try out the Phishing Filter, you can download it here. You could always keep the MSN Toolbar turned off and then make it active if there's a site you're unsure about it and want to verify whether it's a phishing attack.
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