System and method for appending security information to search engine results

CAFC
  • US 8,015,182 B2
  • Filed: 11/29/2006
  • Issued: 09/06/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/30/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system for appending security information to search engine results, comprising:

  • a search engine for locating web content that includes at least one designated search term, for preparing a search results summary that presents the located web content, for embedding an active program within the search results, and for issuing a security assessment request to a content security scanner to assess at least a portion of the located web content for potential security risks, wherein the active program, when executed, requests and receives security assessments of web content from a database manager;

    a client computer communicatively coupled with said search engine for issuing a search request with at least one designated search term to said search engine, for receiving the search results summary with the embedded active program from said search engine, for executing the active program, and for combining the search results summary received from said search engine in response to the search request with security assessments received from the database manager in response to executing the active program, by (i) displaying a presentation of the search results summary with a portion of the security assessments while some of the security assessments have not yet been received, and (ii) dynamically updating the presentation when additional security assessments are received;

    a content security scanner communicatively coupled with said search engine, for assessing security of web content for potential security risks, and for storing the security assessments in a database that stores security assessments of web content, the database being indexed by links to the web content; and

    a database manager communicatively coupled with said content security scanner and with said client computer, which is invoked by the active program to retrieve from the database security assessments of the at least a portion of the located web content.

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