TrafficLight addon for Firefox

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by TheMozart, Jul 26, 2011.

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    I installed TrafficLight addon for Firefox by BitDefender.

    It's supposed to warn you and tell you what's a bad website to avoid, but I find it gives a "green tick" to every website I have tested, even the websites which are known to contain nasties.

    So what gives? Is TrafficLight addon by BitDefender a scam which doesn't even do any good for Firefox?:blink:
     
  2. dw426

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    Post over here https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=295337, and see what others who are using it think. I've been wondering myself how good it is, but per a lot of posts in that thread, it works. Did you actually visit the websites in question, or were these green ticks in the search results?
     
  3. J_L

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    What do you mean websites known to contain nasties? It works well against real malicious websites. PM if interested.
     
  4. TheMozart

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    I didn't visit the websites, but they show as a green tick on google.

    I looked up a list of known nasty websites, and entered their URL into google, but in google, it always shows a green tick indicating the website is safe to visit!

    So it seems this addon doesn't work!:thumbd:
     
  5. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    Can you give me the URL of a real malicious website and I will see if TrafflicLight gives it a green tick when entered into google.
     
  6. dw426

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    Well, though it's somewhere in the other thread I linked, it blocks you from the website if you actually try to go to it and it's malicious. I don't think it scans the site until you actually attempt to go to it. It's not going to flag a site for being "shady", there has to be actual malicious code.
     
  7. J_L

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    @TheMozart: Might be a beta problem. Since you won't visit the website, PM me them and I'll try.

    I'll give you lists.
     
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    Just wanted to jump in here and say that it is weird to search for say "serialz", and see all the green ticks. However, I did actually manage to see some red ticks as I dug (very deeply) into the results.
     
  9. J_L

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    It focuses on real malicious code currently in the website, not its reputation or (I think) downloads from other sites.
     
  10. vojta

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    Why not LinkExtend? It's...

    * Web of Trust
    * McAfee SiteAdvisor
    * Web Security Guard
    * Browser Defender
    * Norton Safe Web
    * Compete
    * Google Safe Browsing

    ...all in one.
     
  11. ratchet

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    Interesting! I've used WOT for a long time and have zero issues with it. Having said that, I've noticed in discussions about the advantages/disadvantages of these seven that false positives (for a better term) are always one of the issues. I would think this would create false positives X7! Have you found that to be the case?
     
  12. dw426

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    LinkExtend is one big web rep program. It doesn't block anything, both in practice with it and per their own website (way down at the bottom under future development). It's not "bad" for what it is, but it's extremely bloated and, in my experience, gave browsing speed quite a hit.
     
  13. TheMozart

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    I removed this piece of crap and I will tell you why.

    I found a webpage that contains links to dozens of websites that contain nasties and to malware etc, and I then pasted those links into google.

    But in google, BitDefender gives a GREEN TICK of approval to all those nasty websites, and says, "THIS PAGE IS SAFE" when you hold mouse over GREEN TICK, falsely indicating that it's safe for me to click on the links and visit that nasty website.

    Try it for yourselves... BitDefender TrafficLight addon for Firefox gets a BIG THUMBS DOWN from me! :thumbd:
     
  14. J_L

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    You mean my PM? Those websites have malicious links, but aren't dangerous themselves. You need to read more carefully:
     
  15. dw426

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    I don't know what to tell you really. As was said, TrafficLight kicks in when you try to visit the websites, not when you're just doing a Google search. That being said, after doing a few searches myself for various things, and even visiting some random, rather shady places, TrafficLight has been quiet. I've done several searches for things like screensavers, keygens, and TrafficLight stays green. A big however is that the places I did visit, didn't fire off any alarms from MBAM or Avast either.

    Is it luck, Google cleaning up its search engine, TrafficLight failing (though MBAM and Avast would in turn have to be failing)? I can't say. Right now I can't thumbs up or thumbs down TrafficLight.
     
  16. J_L

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    Shady doesn't mean malicious. Simple as that.
     
  17. TheMozart

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    Can someone give me a malicious LINK so I can paste the link into google and see if TrafficLight addon for Firefox will give a GREEN TICK or not.
     
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    You're the man!

    You just forgot to check how TrafficLight works.
    It's not a site advisor like WOT (bless it, my favorite).
    It's a real time scanner.
    Check the snapshot (carefully... easy does it).
    It scans the sites when you click them, got it? Not before. When you click them.
    Forget about the ratings, it'a a Beta (Beta: not ready yet).
    Clear enough?
     

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    Ok thanks. Now I see it works.

    If I type privacykeyboard.com into google, then TrafficLight displays a RED CROSS next to the link on google.
     
  20. J_L

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    There are rules against that, therefore the PM. If you've actually bothered, you would've seen hundreds if not thousands of malicious links.
     
  21. dw426

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    I'm coming across more block pages as I test the Chrome extension out, so it certainly works. I can see where the green ticks might confuse though, as some of these blocked pages were greenlighted in the search results. Perhaps that needs some reworking in the next release, but it does indeed do its main job.
     
  22. TheMozart

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    Yeah, sort of defeats the purpose. It gives an indication that it's "SAFE" to click on the link, but it's not.
     
  23. dw426

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    Perhaps when they add the antifraud filter in, search result flagging will get better. In the meantime, there is always WOT. Granted it may not be all that reliable, but it can at least give you an indication of what might be behind the link. TrafficLight still blocks, which is its main purpose, so we can be thankful for that.
     
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    I use TrafficLight addon for Firefox and Chrome, tested both with every Malware.domain list that I know of....TrafficLight works very well.
     
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