BitDefender’s Traffic Light Helps Secure Your Browser Traffic

trafficlight icon   BitDefenders Traffic Light Helps Secure Your Browser TrafficAn ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s the idea behind BitDefender’s beta TrafficLight service, which lets you know when a given website is a security risk before you open it. It also blocks the dangerous elements of a particular website, leaving you with access to the safe pages.

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.

Installation

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.

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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.

Using TrafficLight

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:

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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:

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You’ll most notice TrafficLight when you conduct a search. You’ll see familar orbs, like this:

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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.

Superfluous features

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.

Conclusion

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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6 Comments -

Ohadts

What’s the different between this product and “avast! WebRep”, which included and the new (free) version of avast, version 6 ?

jhpot

I can’t speak to all of the particular differences, having never used Avast’s WebRep, but I can say that you can use Traffic Light in combination with any antivirus software. This is nice if you use Microsoft Security Essentials, for example, which doesn’t offer such functionality.

Daniel Manolache

Hy guys,

I’m part of the team that works on TrafficLight.

Regarding Ohadts question I’d gladly shed some light on the issue : We have at this moment 2 different products. First being the extensions for the browser and second being TrafficLight which installs itself as a service in windows. The extensions are cloud based and offer a slightly less more protection than the full version of TrafficLight

The main difference between us and Avast! WebRep , WOT and many other is that we scan the traffic that reaches the browser with our malware and antiphishing engines. So there may be websites which are out there that have yet to receive a rating from either WebRep or WOT , you browse to it since they didn’t say anything and get infected. With TrafficLight it’s not the same case , because once you browse to it we scan the webpage itself and if some kind of threat is present on that particular page it ends up blocked.

Future releases of TrafficLight will include some minor bug fixes and more updates regarding performance issues.

Best regards,

And for any queries or suggestions please feel to contact us at : trafficlight@bitdefender.com

Ohadts

So, if i got it right, TrafficLight check the page source code itself for threats, like antivirus does with files. the other products rely on a community rating system – Which can be slower to detect new threats ? 

Tina

Daniel,

thank you very much for sharing your insight!

Cell Travis

 BrowserProtect is another Firefox add-on that does something similar to TrafficLight. It’s a proactive solution in that it prevents your browser page from being hijacked. It also has search protection.