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You have received an eCard.. WOT?

Have you installed the safer surfing WOT (Web Of Trust) toolbar yet? I install it on all my friend’s and family’s machines because its red – yellow – green “traffic signal” warning system is simple enough even for young children.

In this screenshot, it’s warning of a dangerous hyperlink embedded in a phishing email that’s attempting to get me to open what it says is an “eCard” (hoping I won’t look at the odd URL or “.zip” file type, as most people don’t). This screenshot shows a Hotmail account.


..and should you be so foolish as to ignore (or.. simply not notice) the red circle, and click on the link anyway, and try to go to the website..


A warning ‘curtain’ (overlay) intervenes. It tells you why the website has “earned” the very bad red rating. You must click “Go to site” to proceed to the website itself.  [note: sample shown is not a download-able eCard, but a virus!]

These ratings are determined by you, me, and other Internet surfers… not some faceless giant corporation or government agency. It is “people driven”, and you get a vote. I urge you to check it out. Visit today. Gain another layer of protection from online scams, “phraud”, “phishing”, and “rogue antivirus” programs .. like TotalProtect2009.
(See, Is that anti-spyware program really spyware?)

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April 22, 2010 - Posted by | cyber crime, Internet, Phishing, phraud, security | , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. WOT is a great tool. Good selection.


    Comment by D Steven | April 22, 2010 | Reply

    • D Steven,
      I have been promoting Internet safety since my first post, and the WOT add-on almost as long. Thank you for your support.


      Comment by techpaul | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. TechPaul,

    WOT goes on every machine I touch… Great review!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  3. WOT a great safety tool, using it has not only protected me from “unsafe sites” many times, it has also heightened my awareness of the risks/dangers of many “un-suspected” sites.

    I have passed WOT on to other people.

    Thanks Paul.


    Comment by Anonymous | April 24, 2010 | Reply

    • g,
      The WOT browser add-on is an excellent addition to your computer’s safety tools… another layer of defense.

      When talking about “hackers” and cybercriminals, and the “malware” (trojans, worms, viruses, keyloggers, etc.) they are constantly trying infect our machines with, one really must understand that prevention is far better than cure. A tool that examines website URLs and warns you away from known risks – such as WOT – helps to just that: prevent.
      But it is not an end-all-be-all. You still need an up-to-date antivirus, etc..


      Comment by techpaul | April 24, 2010 | Reply

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