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Browsing safely with WOT

Posted by brainfoldb4u on March 12, 2010

Web attacks are getting more frequent now a days and its very hard for an average user to identify which site is good and which site will harm his computer. Our browser of chose becomes to play a big role in protecting our computers.  Despite browsers like Firefox, Google chrome, IE, Opera and safari gives a level of protection, its still worthy to have a assurance from an independent body regarding the worthiness of the website from an  unknown source.

I came across this application/add-on from a company called Web of Trust providing a significant level of assurance regarding the website that we are visiting. Say if your web site sells something or “sign up here”button, people are in real dilemma to trust or not the web site. Instead of clicking be not being sure  now with Web of trust a website cab show  that your online business is trusted by millions of members of  Web of Trust. The WOT community has rated 26 million websites for trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child safety. Use it to your advantage!

WOT is available as an add-on for major browsers for download here (Firefox, Google Chrome, IE)

Installation on Google Chrome:

Installing WOT on Google Chrome is very easy as adding another addon.

WOT as an add-on for Google Chrome

Once you have accepted the license agreement and Chrome has started, the WOT button will be located at the right side of the address bar (default location). As with other aspects of the Google Chrome  interface, you can easily move the WOT button to a new location that best suits your needs. You may click the “O” symbol to change its setting.

WOT Sceen shot with setting option

Setting page gives us more options like Guide to educate how the websites are rated, option to customize your feel of protection, WOT search page and pop up options.

WOT Searching page sample

WOT protecting level settings page

Its pretty much the same procedure to install in Firefox. It got some end user license and  user name registration procure with firefox. Upon installing you will find WOT symbol at left hand side of the URL box.

Checking the rating of a website

After installing the add-on, Go to a web site for which you want to check the reputation scorecard and click the “O” symbol on your left hand side of firefox.

WOT Icon

WOT Scorecard

Score card for a chosen website would look like the above screen shot.  User have an option to provide their opinion about the particular website. But users opinion does not affect the website rating.

One Response to “Browsing safely with WOT”

  1. Deborah said

    Thank you for your excellent recommendation of WOT for Google Chrome. We are excited about the possibilities Chrome presents for growing our community. As you said, our millions of global community members have rated over 26 million sites. The more people we get sharing their experiences with sites, the more reliable the ratings become. This is particularly important for online shopping and keeping the web safe for children.

    We invite everyone to download WOT for Chrome and surf safer! WOT is also available for Firefox and Internet Explorer.

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