A little bit more about URLs

All technology involved has nuance

I’m going to handle some caveats now, which is a little earlier in my posts than I would usually do so.

Browser add-ons

Things that you have to seek out and install are not suitable for the general internet user. Not only will they simply not know, but you would also have a communication issue: you would be encouraging users to seek out add-ons… and again, people make malicious add-ons.


Services ‘with CyberSec’ (personally I use an encrypted DNS client to connect to a different DNS service but this is far too complicated for most people) are abstracted from the technology the user is ultimately using, such as a web browser.

Safe Browsing

How would Joel tackle this problem with technology?

As a technologist I’ll share some things I might focus on — surprise! It is what I have been talking about above.

Safe Browsing

Harness Safe Browsing (make sure it’s in all the consumer browsers), and feed it with more information so it can catch things sooner. I would also link Safe Browsing into products that aren’t just a web browser (but we’re back to my scope statement).

Consumer/ISP DNS Services

Most consumer ISP services don’t filter out malware/phishing (as we’ve seen above as doing so with DNS means the user has limited information and no choice, you have to be quite confident when the DNS RPZ kicks in) but they should be.


These two ideas alone should lead to better protections for everyone, by default, without the need to opt-in, buy or install something.



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