Some of the more expensive and bloated software suites on the market include browser plugins that let you know if a given website is safe or not. If you’ve completely removed Norton or McAfee from your computer you might miss the safe browsing feature. None of the best free antivirus programs include such a feature to secure your browser traffic.
It’s possible to use AdBlock Plus to protect yourself from malware, but some may prefer to get their protection from a company that specializes in security. TrafficLight is for just such people. Coming from BitDefender, the company that offers the best virus removal live CD, TrafficLight is built by a trusted team.
Even better, there are TrafficLight plugins for every major browser on the market (and at least one minor one) – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari are all covered, and even Opera gets protection. Yes, I’m still making fun of Opera users. They post the funniest comments after being slighted.
Installing TrafficLight couldn’t be easier. Just head over to the TrafficLight download page. If you’re using Windows, the choice is easy – use the Windows installer. If you’re using Mac or Linux, just install the browser plugin that’s relevant for you.
The installation process is pretty simple, if you’re installing a browser plugin. If you’re installing the system-wide Windows software you’ve got another choice to make – whether you want to enable TrafficLight’s SSL protection.
SSL is a secure mode of communicating with the web. Several sites, including Gmail, make use of this encryption protocol to protect information. Lately some malware and phishing schemes have been taking advantage of SSL to avoid detection, which is why TrafficLight offers protection. Some may have apprehensions about letting a piece of software access their SSL communications, so this feature is completely optional. Consider this option carefully.
You can also decide whether or not you want anonymous usage statistics sent to BitDefender. Again, this is up to you, but know that leaving this enabled will help increase the quality of protection TrafficLight offers for everyone.
Once you’re done installing everything should be in place. You are now protected.
Honestly, there’s not a heck of a lot you need to do after installing TrafficLight; it’s pretty much up and running. At the top of every page you’ll notice a small button; click it to configure TrafficLight:
You’ll be filled in that the page is safe, and then you can click a few buttons to bring up options. The configuration screen, for example, allows you to enable and disable certain parts of the program:
You’ll most notice TrafficLight when you conduct a search. You’ll see familar orbs, like this:
Green means safe; red means danger. Yellow is, of course, somewhere between the two. This search feature works with Google. If you’re some kind of freak, it also works with Bing. If you’re from 1999, it works with Yahoo.
Finally, when you attempt to enter a phishing site, you’ll be warned not to.
There are a couple of features here you’ll probably never use. For example: there is a built-in URL shortener that examines all links for malware. Joy.
There’s also a “share TrafficLight with friends” button, which takes up space and is kind of annoying. An upcoming adblocker has potential, but we’ll see how it compares to AdBlock when its ready.
Overall, TrafficLight is a pretty good supplement to any antivirus program. It can’t scan your computer, but it can help prevent you from visiting harmful sites. Best of all, it seems pretty lightweight. Give it a shot and see for yourself.
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