Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Browsing safely with WOT


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 (FirefoxGoogle ChromeIE)
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.