SOURCE: M86 Security

M86 Security

March 08, 2011 07:00 ET

M86 Security Offers Safer Web Browsing With Free Plug-In

M86 SecureBrowsing Scans URLs in Real-time, Protects Against Hidden Threats in Social Media Sites, Including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

ORANGE, CA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - M86 Security, the global expert in real-time Web and email threat protection, today announced the availability of M86 SecureBrowsing, which allows users to safely access social media sites and search engine pages without concerns about links to potential malware. M86 SecureBrowsing is a free service available to both PC and Mac users and works in their browser to identify malicious sites.

Social media sites such as Facebook and search engines like Google have become popular ways for hackers to spread malware to unsuspecting consumers. Techniques like Blackhat SEO, hijacked social media accounts, and insertion of malicious links have been effective tools for hackers to infect users with malware. M86 Security Labs researchers estimate that social media and SEO attacks increased at least 90% in 2010, and are posing a significant threat to individual users and organizations. 

M86 SecureBrowsing is a plug-in that provides real-time scanning of URLs and alerts users to potentially malicious Web content embedded in search results links, malware-laced advertising or "malvertising" and malicious links in social media pages of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

The M86 SecureBrowsing plug-in is available immediately for free download for Firefox and Internet Explorer. URLs from these sites are anonymously sent to cloud-based scanners based on M86's Secure Web Gateway, which scan the links using their patented Real-Time Code Analysis (RTCA) technology. All scans are done in real time, unlike other link checking services, which compare URLs to static database lists that require background scans and can easily become out of date. M86 SecureBrowsing then displays an easy to understand security rating in the search results page, allowing the user to understand if the link is safe. It is the only browser security plug-in that can instantly scan and analyze the links every time a URL appears.

"We recognize the growing malware threat to users of social networking sites," said Werner Thalmeier, vice president, product management, M86 Security. "Individuals who use our M86 Secure Web Gateway are protected from these threats. M86 SecureBrowsing provides the same technology we use to block threats from enterprise customers to provide a simple warning system for any user." 

The M86 SecureBrowsing plug-in is available immediately for free download from the M86 SecureBrowsing page: http://www.m86security.com/securebrowsing beginning March 8, 2011.

About M86 Security
M86 Security is the global expert in real-time threat protection and the industry's leading Secure Web Gateway provider. The company's appliance, software, and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for Web and email security protect more than 25,000 customers and 26 million users worldwide. M86 products use patented real-time code analysis and behavior-based malware detection technologies as well as threat intelligence from M86 Security Labs to protect networks against new and advanced threats, secure confidential information, and ensure regulatory compliance. The company is based in Orange, California with international headquarters in London and development centers in California, Israel, and New Zealand. For more information about M86 Security, please visit: www.m86security.com.

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