Petname Tool version 0.5

Bill Frantz frantz at
Thu Mar 24 18:38:02 EST 2005

Tyler Close has written an anti-phishing tool for the Firefox browser called the Petname tool.  It works with SSL sites, including those with self-signed certificates, and is available at <>.

Mark Stiegler has written an overview of petname systems, including a list of existing examples, available at: <>.  Note that Amir Herzberg and Ahmad Gbara's Trustbar system is an example of a pet name system.

From the Petname Tool web site, "Need help avoiding phishing and spoofing attacks? The petname tool can help you keep it all straight by clearly distinguishing your online relationships.

"Using the petname tool, you can save a reminder note about a relationship you have with a site. The petname tool will then automatically display this reminder note every time you visit the site. After following a hyperlink, you need only check that the expected reminder note is being displayed. If so, you can be sure you are using the same site you have in the past."

Cheers - Bill

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