07-31-2012 09:14 PM
Hi there, I have question about Norton Safe Web. I have noticed that some websites that I put into the Norton search do not come up with results. However, when I put them into google, they come up. When they do come up in google, they have the green norton "OK" square next to them. Now I understand that nothing is 100% these days but does that mean those sites have been tested and deemed safe and I don't have to worry about drive-bys and such? how does Norton accoplish this and are they pretty accurate/up-to-date?
I am rather wary right now because my NIS 2012 blocked a drive-by a couple of days ago when I had hotmail, msn messanger and this very forum site open so just want to get some clarification/reassurance....
08-01-2012 09:23 AM - edited 08-01-2012 09:24 AM
At Norton we follow a separate process in analyzing the websites. Our servers analyze Web sites to see how they will affect you and your computer and at most of the times we are always upto date but in the current world we see websites growing in huge numbers every day. So few sites will untested by us and we go ahead and mark them as untested from our safe-web server. The ones which are rated good or bad will definitely be a valid one and will definitely have some parameters matching and so we would have rated in good/bad accordingly.
We also follow a kind of reputation mechanism where our community rates the site with the populartiy and age of it and so you shoud not be landing up in any drive-bys.You can definitely add some value to this rating and you need not worry about the site if its rated good.
08-01-2012 11:33 AM
As you say, nothing is 100%. The trouble is that you can be attacked by a compromised "good" site, just as easily as by a known "bad" site. Norton does actually test sites for malware, and a green rating indicates that the site was safe at the time of testing. However, any safe site could be compromised at any time by malicious code contained in an advertisement or otherwise implanted on the page. It has happened to some very popular, big-name sites that are usually completely safe to visit. No site rating service can guarantee that a site has not been compromised since it was last tested - a green rating only gives you a general idea about how safe a site usually is. No matter what site you visit, you should always follow guidelines for safe surfing. The main advantage of using Norton Safe Web is not in what it tells you about the green sites, but rather, what it tells you about the red ones. Norton keeps you safer by alerting you to known "bad" sites - the ones we know are dangerous - so that you can avoid them entirely.
08-01-2012 12:10 PM
Hi there, I have question about Norton Safe Web. I have noticed that some websites that I put into the Norton search do not come up with results. However, when I put them into google, they come up. When they do come up in google, they have the green norton "OK" square next to them.
Just to add. In your NIS 2012, there is a feature that should be enabled that will block malicious websites from opening via search results. It may be enabled already by default, I don't remember. To check, click on settings at the top of NIS UI. Click Web / Safe Surfing and make sure the Block Malicious Pages is set to the on position. This can be invaluable. Web search results show site ratings icons, but image search results don't.
For example, this is something you would never do, but if you were to click on a search result marked malicious by Norton (red icon next to search result), that page would be blocked for your safety. The same for image search results. Since they don't display Norton icons, it's never a good idea to click a image result.
I did once and a Norton block page was thrown up that saved me from being potentially infected.
The safe web icons are a good guide, I'm glad they're there, but I still think before I ever click.
08-01-2012 10:21 PM
Thank you very much for your answers. Like I said, I'm geting paranoid with all the trojan news on the other forum and just wanted to be sure. The blocked drive-by really shook me up...I did 2 full systems scans using malwarebytes (on-demand scanner) and NIS 2012 in both normal and safe modes just to be sure.....thankfully nothing popped up so I guess I dodged that bullet (I hope lol)...at the very least, after all the Norton bashing going on I can say that the firewall did its job :)
BTw, if I wanted to post a question on safe downloading, which forum would I post it on...I know the antivirus forums have nothing but trojan news so is there another forum to ask general questions???
Thanks alot again.