Updates New Service From Trend Micro Offers Malicious URL Protection + Fact Check

McMcbrad

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The service integrates Trend Micro's malicious URLs protection with News Guard and is available as Chrome extension, Messenger and WhatsApp bots.



Trend Micro Check is just such a friend—an extension for Google Chrome and a chatbot for Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp—that helps you check suspicious stories and websites, news sources and sales scams—and while you’re at it, if your email address has been leaked to the Dark Web.
So how do you get it—and how does it work?
Install Trend Micro Check
Go here to download and install the Trend Micro Check Google Chrome extension (PC or Mac), which you’ll pin to the Chrome menu; or here to get the Trend Micro Check chatbot for Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp on your smartphone (Android or iOS).
Figure 1. Trend Micro Check in Google Chrome (Windows), Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (Android)


Figure 1. Trend Micro Check in Google Chrome (Windows), Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (Android)
Once installed, Trend Micro Check is ready to use within the respective app.

So how do you use it?​

Trend Micro Check provides a variety of checking features, depending on the context:
1. Check suspicious links. Let’s say you get a suspicious link to a potentially dangerous website. Simply copy and paste the link into the search field of Chrome, or into the chat field in Messenger or WhatsApp, and Trend Micro Check will tell you if the link is dangerous. You may also take a screenshot of the link or website to check it.
Figure 2. Trend Micro Check in Google Chrome blocking a dangerous link/website


Figure 2. Trend Micro Check in Google Chrome blocking a dangerous link/website
2. Check suspicious content. Or let’s say you get a story from a friend that seems “iffy.” Simply copy and paste the leading content, or type the phrase of the topic you wish to check, into Trend Micro Check, to see if it’s true or false, misinformation or disinformation. An analysis will come back from Trend Micro Check to verify or falsify the story, incorporating the verdict from leading fact check organizations, or by providing corrective media. You can even talk to Trend Micro Check, using the microphone available in the respective messenger, to fact-check the content.
Figure 3. Trend Micro Check in Facebook Messenger checking false claims about vaccines


Figure 3. Trend Micro Check in Facebook Messenger checking false claims about vaccines
3. Check news sources with NewsGuard. Trend Micro Check also integrates with NewsGuard, “the internet trust tool,” to help you check the credibility of any news organization. When you paste or type the web address of the news source into Trend Micro Check, you get a trust rating back along with More Details of the history of the news organization, which gives the reasons why it’s Trustworthy or Not Trustworthy. In Chrome, you’ll also get a popup if you try to go to the website of a news source of dubious reliability. You can decline to go to there by clicking the button Get me out of here, or you can Go to the site anyway.
Figure 4. Trend Micro Check in Google Chrome providing Trust Ratings and More Details on News Sources
Figure 4. Trend Micro Check in Google Chrome providing Trust Ratings and More Details on News Sources
4. Check your email address. Trend Micro Check also lets you check if your email address has been leaked to the Dark Web, so you can take practical steps to increase your security and privacy—such as changing your email password or the password of accounts that use your email address. Simply type your email address into the chat field and Trend Micro Check will return the result.
Figure 5. Trend Micro Check in WhatsApp checking if your email address has been leaked


Figure 5. Trend Micro Check in WhatsApp checking if your email address has been leaked
Protect yourself against holiday shopping scams!
Finally, note that Trend Micro Check is also handy for checking if a sale offer you receive online is real or a scam. In the upcoming holiday buying season, you may find such offers on the Facebook marketplace—or you might get the offer unexpectedly in a phishing email or message, sent by cybercriminals who are really out to steal your identity and credit card data when you enter them into the fraudulent website to purchase the product.
Using the functions mentioned in sections 1 and 2 above, Trend Micro Check can test the links and screenshots of the images shown in the ad, phishing email, or message. If the offer is really a scam, Trend Micro Check will alert you to the fraud.
Figure 6. Trend Micro Check in Facebook Messenger (iOS) warns you about a sale scam


Figure 6. Trend Micro Check in Facebook Messenger (iOS) warns you about a sale scam
If you couple this use with wise behavior (where you make the extra effort to go to the known official site (such as www.amazon.com), not the site offered up for clicking on social media, or in the email or message—then search on the official site for the product, to see if the offer is real, and make your purchase there if it is), you’ll go a long way towards keeping yourself safe from falling victim to holiday shopping scams.
Once again, to get Trend Micro Check, go here to get the Google Chrome extension, or here to get the Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp chatbot. Use Trend Micro Check to verify if a link is safe, a claim or article is true or false, a news source is credible, a product offer is valid or a scam, or if your identity data has been compromised.
 

McMcbrad

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Especially in terms of privacy.
Just for informational purposes, Trend Micro is one of the 4-5 companies nowadays that don’t even pull samples from your computer automatically.
The only thing their products report is minor telemetry, which was proven to me after custom malware was removed by behavioural blocker and 5 days later, there was still no local/cloud detection.

I don’t know where the “violated privacy” notion comes from.
I then had to speak to an engineer to make sure what I see is true, as nowadays is very rare.
 

McMcbrad

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@Slyguy showed the opposite, and as far as I remember, TM products were removed from Play Store and App Store before.
I remember they were removed from Mac Store for “unnecessary access to browser history”, but this may have been poor design, not really an attempt to gather or disclose personal information. Trend Micro’s privacy policy is very conclusive of what they do and don’t do.

Trend Micro has implemented the necessary corrections quite quick and hasn’t been involved in privacy scandals ever since. Their main issue is software vulnerabilities, which always puts them in the headlines, but Trend Micro is always quick to disclose and patch them. Unfortunately in some cases, they have already been exploited.
 

McMcbrad

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How does perform Trend Micro browser-extension against malicious URL like malware.exe ?
IThe Trend Micro browser extension in security products provides benefits (minor in my opinion) in the form of Fraud Buster (works in web mail to identify phishing and scam). In Edge, it provides adblocking. It also allows for the indicators next to the search results to appear.

Without the extension, Trend Micro blocks access to infected websites (or otherwise untrusted) for each app, regardless whether it’s malware.exe or svchost.exe, but can’t provide the other benefits mentioned above.

The aggresivness and effectiveness can be tweaked with a slider. The highest level blocks new, untested websites with poor traffic.
It is one of the most effective in this area and can compete with Kaspersky and Bitdefender.
 
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McMcbrad

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@silversurfer
Correction:
I tested the Trend Micro check extension (which is the objective of this post) and it doesn't block malware downloads at all. It is reserved for the full product, which I thought you asked about. I got confused by the above posts.

Sorry about the misinformation.
 
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McMcbrad

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Trend Micro Check has been updated to block malicious URL blocking. This includes all category, such as Scam, Phishing, Disease Vector, etc.
 
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Trend Micro scans all connections for all apps. However, it does not display a message when a URL is blocked in a non-browser app, so you have to check the logs. This is due to TM not MITMing certificates.
in Palemoon, it does not block the malicious URL connected over HTTPS .

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Also I noticed that sometimes when it blocks HTTPS version, the site redirects to HTTP and loads without getting blocked.

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