Safer Surfing with WOT

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If your like me you like to surf the web. Unfortunately I’m finding more and more websites seem to be infected with spyware or viruses. I have virus and spyware protection yet somehow still manage to pick up malicious programs.

I stumbled upon a nifty little download the other day. It is called WOT or Web of Trust. It is a security add on that you can get for your browser. There are downloads available for both Firefox and Internet Explorer. I have experienced no problems with the add on or my computer since downloading. You can download the add on from here http://www.mywot.com/.

The way WOT works is after you download the add on you will see a colored cirlce when you do an internet search. There are five color codings. Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, and Green. With red being the highest risk associated with a site. Grey means the site has not been rated yet. Each site that has been given a rating is rated on trustworthyness, vendor reliability, privacy, and child safety. Should you stumble across a risky site a warning box will come up asking you if you want to continue. I especially like the fact that even links in my emails are given a rating of safety.

I was really surprised after installing the add on and then searching at how many risky sites I was visiting. To date 21,502,289 websites have been rated and 1,507,854 carry a dangerous rating. If you do a lot of searching, have teens or kids who surf the internet I would highly recommend using this add on.

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