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PayPal: No plans to block Safari

updated 09:10 am EDT, Mon April 21, 2008

PayPal: Safari to stay

Users of Apple's Safari browser will be able to continue making PayPal transactions, according to a representative from the latter company. PayPal has been critical of Safari, noting that it lacks direct anti-phishing safeguards, or EV SSL certificates. News emerged last week, however, of a internal security white paper, which suggested that the company might block such "unsafe" web browsers entirely as a means of protecting its customers. Permitting access through unsecure browsers is "equal to a car manufacturer allowing drivers to buy one of their vehicles without seat belts," the paper argued.

But the company's goals have been misread, counters spokesman Michael Oldenburg. "PayPal is developing features to block customers from logging into PayPal when using obsolete browsers on outdated or unsupported operating systems," he explains. There is "no intention" of blocking any modern browser, including Safari. Rather, people would for instance be prevented from using Internet Explorer 4 combined with Windows 98.

It is not clear when or if tighter security might take effect at PayPal.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Gee

    Seems obvious (gee, and what I said on the other story). But why worry about using logic when you can post a story that incites the Mac-faithful.

  1. smitch

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    but..

    if you read the original comments straight from this guy he DID imply that Safari would be blocked. They are back-peddling for sure.

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    See?

    I told ya

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Doesn't matter

    They have seen the light...

    Testudo, after you make several thoughtful posts that gain you some respect, you come back with something thoughtless and start tearing it down again.

    You're really smart but I think you're a little bipolar.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: doesn't matter

    Just a 'little'? Man, you should see my psych profile.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    other news

    Users might block PayPal due to its high fees. Google checkout has lower fees for merchants.

  1. patrix

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: other news

    I'll have to wait till Google Checkout allows merchants outside the US and UK then....

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