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Web of Trust

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Security Help
 
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wotThese days it seems like there are more and more malicious web sites cropping up every day. These sites can either cause harm to your computer, or just annoy you and waste your time. I’m sure that I’m not the only one that feels that way, too. Well, now we can fight against malicious websites with a little add on for Firefox and IE called Web Of Trust (WOT).

WOT is pretty simple and easy to use, but also very powerful. It allows users like you and me to rate a site in a number of categories like trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child safety. These ratings are then averaged and displayed for all other WOT users to see. Here is how it works:

First, install WOT. It works for Firefox and IE (IE8 recommended). You can install WOT here: http://www.mywot.com/

After installation, you will go through a short registration. It’s all built in and only takes about a minute. Once you are done with registration, you are ready to go! The first thing you will notice is the little circles next to links. Here are what they look like:

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This is a Google search result for “Worldstart”. The Green circles indicate a safe site. If you mouse over the circles, it will tell you more about our individual ratings.

Now, if you want to rate a site, you can do that too, right from your browser. If you look at the top of your browser toolbar, you will see a larger circle. Simply click on this and choose your ratings for the site. Easy, right?

I really like this add-on because it allows people like me and you to not only know about the safety of a site, but also if people just dont like it. This helps everyone save some time in their day.

Just in case you missed the link, you can download WOT here: http://www.mywot.com/

Stay safe out there!

~Gary

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