Firefox 3 security looks promising, testers say

Mozilla promises big security strides in the upcoming release of Firefox 3, including access to a Google's database of malware-laced Web sites and a warning system that will alert users who are about to visit them. IT security professionals who have experimented with the latest beta say tweaks are needed but that the overall changes look promising.

In an interview with, Mozilla vice president of engineering Mike Schroepfer said one of the main goals behind Firefox 3 was to bolster security in a browser many already consider a safer alternative to Microsoft's much-attacked Internet Explorer. Essentially, the plan was to give Firefox the ability to save users from themselves.