About the New Free Emsisoft Browser Security Extension
If you use Emsisoft Anti-Malware as your security software and you also use Chrome or Firefox browsers, it’s very likely that you’ll see a popup while you’re browsing asking if you want to install the new free Emsisoft Browser Security extension. We wanted you to know that this popup really is from Emsisoft and you can either choose to install the free plugin or not – and you can also choose to never see the popup again should you decide not to install it.
Emsisoft has just released a free browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that adds an extra layer of security to help you avoid phishing sites without compromising your privacy. It’s optional and totally free. You can choose not to install it and you can disable the pop-up from ever appearing again if you choose.
How it works is quite technical, but basically it checks the web site’s address against a constantly updated database of known phishing sites. This provides the user with an extra layer of protection that goes beyond the Surf Protection already provided by Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Also we should note here that Chrome and Firefox (as well as Microsoft Edge and most other modern browsers) already have some anti-phishing protection built-in.
If you see a popup to install the Emsisoft Browser Security Extension, it is from Emsisoft and it is genuine. You have the choice to install it or decline it and the choice to choose to never be asked to install it again. It’s a free browser extension and it will remain free according to Emsisoft.
We just installed it a few days ago and we are currently testing the Emsisoft Browser Security extension in Chrome and Firefox. We will have let you know what we find out as we gain more experience using it.
In the meantime, it’s your choice whether you want to install it or not. But we want to keep you informed. We don’t want anyone using Emsisoft to be alarmed if a popup appear suggesting Emsisoft users install this free Emsisoft browser extension.
For those of you who choose not to install the extension, you can be sure that Emsisoft Anti-Malware will continue to protect you and your computer as it always has.
Oh, and one more thing…
We provide the following technical description from Emsisoft for those of you who want the technical details of how the extension works to protect you from phishing and other fake websites:
“Emsisoft Browser Security is an additional layer of protection to Emsisoft Surf Protection layer. The Surf Protection works on DNS level. It can only block entire domains but not individual pages/URLs on a domain. The new Browser Security works on URL level, matching each accessed website with much more complex detection patterns. We’re partnering with one of the most reputable phishing feed sources available to get out the best possible phishing protection. The extension is optional, is part of Emsisoft software and does not cost extra. Even without the extension, the integrated Surf Protection will continue protecting on DNS level. For more details please read here … ”