Web of Trust

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There are bad people out there, and they're doing bad things. Sometimes it's something as nefarious as some nasty virus that's just waiting to hit your system. Other times, it's just unresponsive online vendors who want your money, but aren't necessarily too concerned about giving you what you paid for in return. So how do you know who the bad guys are?

Web of Trust (WOT) is an add-on for your web browser. The guys behind this tool spend a lot of time looking around on the web, finding out who can be trusted and who you'd rather stay away from. With WOT installed, you're forewarned about sites before you visit them.

Run a query in your favorite search engine, and when you look at the results, you'll see little icons that report on the trustworthiness and reliability of the sites in your results. Sites with an excellent reputation will probably be your best bet for a successful online experience; sites given a very poor reputation rating may not be where you want to go. You'll want to remember, of course, that your mileage may vary. You may have no problem with a site that has a low rating, or you may have a terrible time with a site that's rated at the tippy-top. Just remember that these ratings can serve as a jumping off point, so you'll increase the likelihood of coming out a winner.

WOT is available for both Firefox (version 1.5 or later) on all platforms, as well as Internet Explorer (version 6 or later on Windows 2000, XP, and Vista).

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