Finjan SecureBrowsing review: Finjan SecureBrowsing

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Finjan SecureBrowsing scans in real time, calls out sites with suspect malware content, and is free.

The Bad Finjan SecureBrowsing doesn't flag suspected phishing sites and doesn't identify sites with links to exploit servers.

The Bottom Line Newcomer Finjan SecureBrowsing does a great job of identifying sites with suspected malware content, but it misses phishing sites and those linking to sites that contain malicious exploits.

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Finjan SecureBrowsing

Security vendor Finjan now offers a secure browsing extension for Firefox and Internet Explorer, named SecureBrowsing. The tool is similar to the free tool Linkscanner offered by Exploit Prevention Labs, with ties to antivirus protection. Like Linkscanner, the Finjan product overlays your search engine results page with various real-time safety ratings. Unlike McAfee SiteAdvisor Plus, which identifies phishing sites but not always malware sites, Finjan SecureBrowsing failed to catch any of the suspected phishing sites we tested.

Download is quick. SecureBrowsing is an add-on for Internet Explorer and an extension for Firefox. It does require that you restart your browser after installation. Once restarted, the Finjan logo appears in the lower right-hand corner of your browser. Unlike SiteAdvisor, the Finjan icon does not change color to show the safety of a given site, nor are there many configuration choices.

Finjan SecureBrowsing identifies and ranks Web sites returned by search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Live; advertising systems such as Google AdSense; Webmail systems Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo; and popular destination sites like MySpace, Digg, Slashdot, and Blogger. Other domains are not scanned by SecureBrowsing at this time.

Because the Finjan safety scans are live--not drawn from some cataloged data one hour or even several days old--you can search Google for something odd, say, antique bottle collection sites, and know that Finjan's reports will be accurate. That's good, given that Web sites can be compromised with malicious content one day and clean the next.

To scan the Web sites, SecureBrowsing uses Finjan's patented behavior-based heuristic technology along with antivirus technology from Sophos and Kaspersky. By right-clicking on a rating, you can see why a site has been flagged either by category or by technical information. Most of the sites we found contained spyware, with an occasional virus or worm.

The Finjan SecureBrowsing tool overlays its findings on top of your search engine results page.

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Finjan SecureBrowsing

Part Number: CNETFINJANSECUREBROWSINGBETA Released: Mar 26, 2007
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  • Release date Mar 26, 2007