Among the tools that will be added in the browser -- which is slated to arrive sometime before the end of 2007 -- will be extended validation certificates, anti-malware and phishing systems, and stronger password protection, the Mozilla leaders said. The browser will also offer a security interface that gives user the ability to manage all of the various protections.
Another new element of Firefox 3 will be the browser's capability to warn away users attempting to visit known malware sites. In some cases, the browser will even block people from accessing dangerous sites altogether, said Shaver.
"Users can't just ignore the warnings," Shaver said. "This feature is not without controversy, of course, but in order to help customers, we need to make them see the messages, so we have to do these types of things."
According to statistics reported in April 2007 by metrics vendor Net Applications, Firefox currently controls 15.1 percent of the global browser market, with Microsoft's Internet Explorer retaining a dominant 78.6 percent share of computer screens.