M86 Security has launched a free plugin to allow users to safely access social media sites and search engine pages without concerns about malicious links.
The M86 SecureBrowsing plugin is for PC and Mac and does real-time scans of URLs to alert users to potentially malicious web content embedded in search results, malware-laced advertising and malicious links in Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
URLs are anonymously sent to cloud-based scanners based on M86's secure web gateway, which scans in real time. M86 SecureBrowsing then displays a security rating in the search results page, allowing the user to understand if the link is safe.
“We recognise the growing malware threat to users of social networking sites," said Werner Thalmeier, vice president of product management at 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.”