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You may have noticed there’s been a huge emphasis lately, on Windows Guides, about security and protection. As I’m going through the site and working on improving old posts (more about this soon), I’m trying to make sure you’re all protected for malware, identity theft, and malicious website. Something  I am a fan of is community support for protection online. The Web of Trust is one of the biggest community-based website rating sites.

WOT for mintywhite.com

What is the Web of Trust?

WOT, Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. Protect your computer against online threats by using WOT as your front-line layer of protection when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory. WOT’s color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites – green to go, yellow for caution and red to stop – helping you avoid the dangerous sites.

How Can I Protect Myself?

You’ll need to take a different approach depending on the browser you’re using. Below you’ll find instructions for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera. Google Chrome does not support WOT yet (to my knowledge–please correct me if this is not the case.)

WOT with Firefox

Install this extension and let WOT start alerting you of dangerous sites.

WOT with Internet Explorer

Install this extension and, like with Firefox, WOT will start alerting you of dangerous sites.

WOT with Safari and Opera

Because Safari and Opera don’t support extensions, you’ll need to drag this bookmark to your bookmarks toolbar and then when you’re on a suspicious page, click the bookmark to check it out.

Test it Out

Try the Web of Trust out (maybe leave a review for mintywhite.com?)

Web of trust for mintywhite.com



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22 thoughts on “Avoid Dangerous Sites with the Web of Trust (WOT)”

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  3. Taylor Ling says:

    This is a great plugin ! I believe it can help me as I believe the power of the community ! Thanks !

  4. Taylor Ling says:

    This is a great plugin ! I believe it can help me as I believe the power of the community ! Thanks !

  5. Taylor Ling says:

    Just installed it and tried for a few hours. Not bad I can say. But it could be more better if the setting can be an individual application instead of to the website. Yet to try the Mcafee one, may be one day … :)

  6. Taylor Ling says:

    Just installed it and tried for a few hours. Not bad I can say. But it could be more better if the setting can be an individual application instead of to the website. Yet to try the Mcafee one, may be one day … :)

  7. Nicholas J West says:

    Rich Robinson – Keeping PC users safe.

  8. Nicholas J West says:

    Rich Robinson – Keeping PC users safe.

  9. Nicholas J West says:

    Forgot to say – this is much better than using Norton or Internet Explorer 8. They are nearly always wrong!

  10. Nicholas J West says:

    Forgot to say – this is much better than using Norton or Internet Explorer 8. They are nearly always wrong!

  11. David Needham says:

    Since I generally leave the bookmarks toolbar hidden in Opera, this isn’t all that useful to me (hit F4, CLICK on WOT–kinda clunky). I guess I’ll put in a request on My Opera for someone who’s interested to wrtite a Widget to support this.

  12. David Needham says:

    Since I generally leave the bookmarks toolbar hidden in Opera, this isn’t all that useful to me (hit F4, CLICK on WOT–kinda clunky). I guess I’ll put in a request on My Opera for someone who’s interested to wrtite a Widget to support this.

  13. David Fasolino says:

    Thanks dude, I appreciate it

  14. David Fasolino says:

    Thanks dude, I appreciate it

  15. Philip Petev says:

    Not bad idea, but I think it’s useless. I don’t think one or another rating will decide how good one site is

  16. Philip Petev says:

    Not bad idea, but I think it’s useless. I don’t think one or another rating will decide how good one site is

  17. Angie M says:

    It looks like it would do a pretty good job. I like the link scanner that comes with AVG. It’s done a grea job so far of showing me which sites are safe and which sites aren’t.

  18. Angie M says:

    It looks like it would do a pretty good job. I like the link scanner that comes with AVG. It’s done a grea job so far of showing me which sites are safe and which sites aren’t.

  19. Angad says:

    I’ve tried this before. Works well but I don’t use it anymore.

  20. Angad says:

    I’ve tried this before. Works well but I don’t use it anymore.

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