Ensure Safe Browsing Across All Browsers With TrafficLight


Although every antivirus suite claims to thoroughly check for viruses and malwares that can come from web traffic, many users still get infected with spywares, malwares, viruses and the like. If you’re working on some classified project work, you might not like to leave such holes open for any sort of vulnerabilities that may affect or steal confidential information. Since there are countless type of threats roving around on web, it is advisable to deploy an efficient anti mechanism which not only counters them but ensure safe browsing across all the installed browsers. One such novel application is TrafficLight. It claims to keep your computer safe by continually scanning the traffic for almost all the possible vulnerabilities that may seriously hamper your work. It is designed to play middle man role between sending and fetching request results, i.e, it intercepts web traffic before it reaches your browser, looks for disguised files, scripts, key logging modules and other phishing attempts, and blocks them right away if it finds any potentially harmful elements.

Take compromised websites for an instance, it happens a lot that some web pages of a website contain malicious code which shouldn’t be surfed through. In such cases, it doesn’t block the whole website but intuitively prevent you from those pages which contain some serious risks, leaving you with safe browsing.

Additionally, it uses BitDefender Cloud services to mark viruses, malwares and phishing attempts in search results in order to keep you not only safe from Google and Bing search engines but also from suspected links from social media platforms. The basic functionality is revolved around 4 major types of Filters – Ad filters, Advance Phishing filter, Malware filter, and Search Result Analyzer filters. These filters can be disabled anytime or you can keep only those enabled which are required.

The installation process is simple. Before installing it, make sure you’re not working in any browser. Now start its installation. After it is finished installing filters and setting up defense mechanism, it will open default web browser with small button, present underneath the address bar, which when clicked reveals the main menu.

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From the main menu, you will find tools to shorten the currently opened webpage URL, configure Ad Blocker, and enable/ disable aforementioned filters. The very first button on the menu will open saf.li service for generating the shortened URL of current page. Click Settings to view currently enabled filters. You can click OFF to turn off the filter in question. Alongside Settings, you can click Power On/Off button to toggle its filter security protection.

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It ranks each search result of Google and Bing to let you know about if there is any harmful element you would encounter or not after opening the link.


Whenever it finds any infected element, malware, virus, or phishing attempt from requested web page, it will instantly prompt you to choose what to do next. You can either continue surfing through the requested website or close the link right away. What makes it different from other web security apps, is that even if you want to continue surfing through infected website, it will first try to remove the contained malicious components, so that you can safely browse through the website.

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At the moment, Adblock service is not available. It will soon be updated with different types of security filters along with one staunch ad blocker. Since it’s in beta testing phase, you may find some filters not properly blocking the content. While testing, we experienced relatively slow browsing with all filters being enabled. If you’re planning to deploy TrafficeLight, we would reckon you to keep only those filters enabled which you require the most.

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  • Gregg DesElms

    In the comments, on the Traffic Light web site, I wrote, a few days ago, the below. Others were commenting on it being a bit of a RAM hog. To which (and other things about the product) I commented:

    Yes, it does seem to be using a lot of RAM… and concomitantly slowing the machine.

    I’ve always liked BitDefender, as a company; and its respectable products. This one, however, is a little bit of an “also ran.” The leader in this category of product remains McAfee’s “Site Advisor” (and I say that as a 34-year IT pro who’s not particularly a fan of McAfee anymore, so, believe me, my characterizing Site Advisor as the leader in the category is not a bias). Of course, the open source world would say that WOT is the leader. Trend Micro is in the game, too, with its “Web Protection Add-on” (and, to some degree, its “Browser Guard” product).

    This product’s salient benefit is its actual blocking of malware, which is also the Trend Micro product’s strong suit. However, anyone relying on something like this to do that, instead of a fully-fledged anti-virus “suite” (which likely includes a firewall and other tools) is making a huge mistake in the first place.

    But here’s the thing that everyone must remember about a product of this type: If it relies on information in a database anywhere in the cloud, then the reason McAfee is the hands-down leader is the strength (read: size) of its database. That’s really the key. The tool needs to know something about the web site, and the McAfee database “knows” more web sites than any other. And it knows them in a way very different from how WOT, for example, works. With WOT, there’s entirely too much reliance on user opinion. McAfee, on the other hand, is actually objectively scanning for malware as well as connections on the site to known malware sites.

    The trick with this type of product is to pick the one with the biggest database of tested (not user-opinioned) sites. And McAfee is the flat-out winning — by a huge amount — in that area.

    Tools like this one also tend to try to be too many things to too many people… trying to make everyone happy. Every single one of the things it does can be (and is) done (often better) elsewhere; and the reason, in part, that this tool is using-up so much RAM (and concomitantly slowing the machine) is precisely because it’s trying to do too many things. That’s another reason why McAfee’s Site Advisor excels. It knows what swamp it’s trying to drain, and it drains it… and ONLY it, leaving all the other tasks to tools which are better at it.

    Everyone should already have all the anti-virus they need in some kind of (likely) suite, such as Comodo Internet Security; and should also be augmenting same with periodic manual whole-system scans using SuperAntiSpyware and Malware Bytes. Supplement that with using OpenDNS and all the anti-phishing protection you could ever hope for is covered. Include the Bit.Ly bookmarklet and all the URL shortening that anyone could possibly need is more-than-adequately handled. Add a HOSTS file, managed by something like HostsMan, and all the site blocking that anyone could need is more than adequately handled. All that, then, leaves McAfee for link scanning and warning one that one’s about to visit a dangerous site, and one can have EVERYTHING that this tool does, but each thing that it does done better, and all — even cumulatively — using a mere FRACTION of the RAM that this tool uses.

    Again, I really like BitDefender as a company, but I believe that it didn’t really think-through this product. Figuring out a way to make it lighter, alone, would be a HUGE improvement. But even then, as with most suites which try to be everything to everyone, no one thing it does will ever be as good as other tools dedicated to said one thing’s purpose; and I don’t know how BitDefender (or TrendMicro, or WOT) could ever catch-up to the breadth and thoroughness of McAfee’s Site Advisor’s database; and when it comes to link scanning and warning the user off of potentially dangerous sites, the key is the database.

    Or so it is my opinion…

    …which, since this is BitDefender’s web site, I’ll bet doesn’t last here long.

    Gregg DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    NOTE: I just checked, and to my surprise, the posting’s still there.

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