Firefox/SeaMonkey add-on that provides a handy method to securely identify Internet servers
One way to do this is to have the server participate in a "Public Key Infrastructure" (PKI) and buy a certificate from a certificate authority like VeriSign.
Unfortunately, PKI's can be expensive and cumbersome to operate, leading to widespread use of a simple and cheap "Trust-on-first-use" mechanism commonly associated with SSH and HTTPS with self-signed certificates. Unfortunately, this comes at the cost of security.
Perspectives for Firefox aims to help you avoid exactly those types of website attacks.
Perspectives is simple and cheap approach of the topic in comparison with other existing approaches.
Perspectives automatically builds a robust database of network identities using a lightweight network that probes the "network notaries" located in multiple vantage points across the Internet.
Perspectives is cross-platform and it works on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
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What's New in This Release:
- Add option to contact notaries when in private browsing (off by default)
- Expose timeout duration and number of query retries as a user preference
- Expose maximum caching duration as a user preference
- Improve whitelist interface: