The Opera Backstage event going on in London today included an announcement that Opera 9.1 will include enhanced fraud protection, something that undoubtedly is needed in web browsers. So, how will this work and what will be different? Summed up, when you go to a new site for the first time, the browser will go back to Opera and check the database to see if it’s a trusted site.  If they know it’s a fraud site, you’ll receive a warning and you’ll be blocked from the site.

As far as the technical details, Opera says that your information will not be stored on their servers.  Additionally, “IP addresses are discarded and we don’t use cookies or other session information. No information goes directly to third parties, all communication goes through our own servers. Our servers get the trust information from a database supplied by GeoTrust, who have a long experience with anti-fraud solutions.”

I receive so many scam emails on a regular basis, and of course several from PayPal where I don’t even have an account. It’s great to see web-browsers integrating the fraud protection, and it would be nice to always know whether or not a site is verified in real-time.

If you’d like to read additional details about the Fraud Protection to be included with Opera 9.1, click here.