After porting Search Engine Security
to Firefox Mobile, I have also made Zscaler Safe Shopping
available for smartphones. This add-on warns users when they are browsing a fake
or compromised store. If you happen to visit one of these sites, you will be warned to not enter sensitive information, such as a credit card number or a mailing address.
Version 1.1 of Zscaler Safe Shopping offers the same features as version 1.0 for Desktop browsers. However, the notification system on the mobile version is a slightly different. Extension developers can use either the built-in alert system, or display a dialog box to the user. The former system is less intrusive, but it seems that the implementation is different depending on the OS. Firefox 4 Mobile on Windows displays a nice panel at the botttom of the phone, while my Android phone shows a tiny message at the top of the phone. On my phone, the warning is barely noticeable, and does not work when the browser is in full-screen.
|Desktop notification on Windows|
|Desktop notification on a phone|
I've therefore added an option to choose the appropriate notification system. Users can choose the best option for their system.
|Choose the type of alert for your OS|
Low bandwidth requirements
The list of fake and compromised stores is stored locally. It is refreshed once a day, but you can change it to a longer interval using the options. The blacklist is about 11kb.
|Zscaler Safe Shopping options|