Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Why You Want WOT

WOT (Web Of Trust) is a web browser plug-in that uses easy to understand symbols…

AmEx_phish

.. that warns you about potentially dangerous websites and hyperlinks (through the use of a rating system that you can vote on). It integrates into most webmails as well, as shown here.

(I know you are too savvy to click links in such an obvious phish… but you should have seen the one mimicking Chase Bank I got the other day; it was a near perfect forgery. And Hotmail didn’t flag it, as they did this one.)

Find out more. Click here. (WOT is a free download.)

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March 23, 2010 - Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, security | , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. I’m a huge fan of WOT! I would have to say it’s my number one defense against virus nefarious!!! When I use a computer without it, I feel like I’m surfin in the dark.

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    Comment by g | March 23, 2010 | Reply

    • g,
      I would say that’s a “ringing” endorsement.. Catchy word usage, fersher.

      WOT is not perfect, and users should be aware that there are the occasional “false positives” (this is true of most [all?] things “tech”, btw) but it does “shine light” on surfing destinations (aka “URL‘s”) and you don’t have to read a for Dummies book to learn how to use it.
      I put it on all my family’s machines, and reco it to all my clients.
      Period.

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      Comment by techpaul | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. Yes, the WOT I am so happy I picked up on that from your postings Paul. I now feel safer while researching anything.

    Befor WOT, reputable sites that I thought were safe, apparently were not, when the WOT warnings popped up at me, telling me to “get out of here”

    Again thanks Paul.

    g.

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    Comment by Gaia | March 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      It is very gratifying to me to hear that I have helped someone to be a little more “savvy”, and safer when online.

      The Internet is a marvelous development, but it is not a clean, safe, well-lighted place.. nor is it policed. Thus it is referred to as “the Wild, Wild, West” by those in the know. One simply must take protective measures, and apply “defensive thinking” when “surfing”.

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      Comment by techpaul | March 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’ve heard good things about this-add on. It always helps to have something that provides extra protection against questionable or unsafe websites. Does this only work for Internet Explorer and Firefox?

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    Comment by TuneUp | March 26, 2010 | Reply

    • TuneUp,
      Thank you for dropping by my site. I enjoyed your series on WMC.

      I think WOT is best suited for the non-savvy (or, in other words, just about every computer user) and I applaud its simplicity. Anyone, regardless of skill level or experience, will benefit from its alerting system.
      (For the savvy, I recommend LinkScanner Lite and McAfee’s Site Advisor.)

      To answer your question:
      WOT supports Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later on all platforms.
      Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 under Windows.
      You can also use WOT on Google Chrome.
      If you are using Safari or Opera, you can add the WOT bookmarklet.

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      Comment by techpaul | March 26, 2010 | Reply


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