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.
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.
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.
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.