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No antiphishing feature in final Firefox 2.0 version

Mozilla says Google doesn't support older SafeBrowsing protocol so antiphishing feature will be disabled in Firefox 2.0.0.19.

Updated 4:30 p.m. PST with Google comment.

There will be no antiphishing feature in the final version of Firefox 2.0 when it is released later this month, according to Computerworld.

Google asked Mozilla to disable the feature in Firefox 2.0.0.19 that warns users of sites suspected of hosting identity fraud scams because the older browsers rely on an outdated SafeBrowsing protocol that Google is not supporting anymore, Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox, told Computerworld.

Firefox 2.0.0.19 is scheduled to ship December 16 and will be the final security update for the browser. The company released Firefox 3 in June.

Asked for comment, a Google spokesman provided this statement via e-mail: "Google encourages users to always use the latest version of the software they're running. Users of Firefox 2 will be notified of the change when they are updated to 2.0.0.19; we recommend that users upgrade to Firefox 3 to continue getting protection. Firefox 3 includes our Safe Browsing v2 protocol which is more efficient with network bandwidth, continues to help protect against phishing, and also adds malware protection."

Mozilla representatives could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.