Web Of Trust (WOT) A SUPERB Web Safety Plug In!
I just want to tell everyone what a wonderful experience I am having with the new Web of Trust program! This site users color coded security ratings to protect users from Viruses, Fraud, Spam, Adult Content with an on-going community of users like us and trusted vendors from around the world who are certified to rank the sites:
Green= No problems
Red=Danger. (Default setting will trigger a warning before you even interact with the site.)
You will see this in searching and browsing. You can rank sites and the system monitors the credibility of all rankings and patterns of rankings so you can not spam the site with false information. You can leave comments about the site. C-Net gives it (I think) 4/5 stars.
It is better than McAfee Site Adviser because the ratings are done by real people and business who are certified and have built up a proven track record of sites. In contrast, McAfee Site Adviser is very outdated. The real-time database in WOT (Web of Trust) is updated every 30 minutes!
Additionally in WOT you can leave comments, BUT unlike Site Adviser comments do not effect a site's rating, so no CEO of some fraud site can whine about how wonderful his POS malware infested site is and convince McAfee to change a deserved Red rating back to Green.
The site works in IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome. Unlike Site Adviser, you will have to download the plug in separately for each browser. Spend some time with the information on the Welcome Page, The forums, tutorials and how to Videos are great!!!
The only downside is that if you are using Google G-Mail WOT is supposed to put a little icon by G-Mail links. This works in Firefox and presumably Google Chrome but in IE, you will get a "This web page has data that was not submitted over a secure connection. Do you only want to view the content delivered securely, EVERY TIME you use G-Mail inside of IE. This is a little bug with the plug in. The workaround is the following:
(You only need to do this for IE and G-Mail)
1.) Click on the WOT icon
2.) Click on Searching
3.) Uncheck the G-Mail Icon
4.) Save your preferences
Also, you may still get the error message in IE if someone sends you a G-mail with any data from parts of a website that was not secured. The workaround for this is to go under settings in G-Mail and find the option to disable (uncheck) the "Always use https secure option." Than you'll be OK. (If you have a firewall and a secure connection, you won't need to worry about having the Always use https: turned off in G-Mail.)
Make sure that you FIRST uncheck the WOT check mark for G-mail in IE or this procedure will not work.
The use of G-Mail in Firefox does not have this bug with WOT.
Here is the download of the plug-in:
(Note. Users choosing to use the WOT plug in should uninstall McAfee Site Adviser from Add/Remove Programs before installing WOT.) Remember, you must apply the install of WOT to each browser that you use. I have it on Firefox, and IE. I don't have Google Chrome. There is also a special way, (consult the help section of the software) for how to use WOT on Opera, which I no longer have.)