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WOT: Web of Trust Browser Extension
By: Barzan 'Tony' Antal
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    WOT: Web of Trust Browser Extension

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    With the sudden growth and expansion of the World Wide Web, more and more people are threatened online by phishing, scams, malware, spyware, and all kinds of Internet fraud. Web of Trust, abbreviated WOT, is a totally free Internet security add-on to web browsers. It is a community-driven security tool that warns users about suspicious and dangerous sites. Its reputation database is always up-to-date and fresh.

    Throughout this article we’ll give you a brief overview of this security tool that can make online surfing a safe and satisfying experience. At the time of writing, as seen below on the graph, there are almost 20 million rated sites. The reputation is gathered from trusted sources (i.e.; anti-phishing services) and the WOT community.

    (Reported on July 28, 2008)

    The reputation of a given site is composed of four main elements: trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy, and child safety. It should be noted that the WOT add-on comes in ten different languages and works with Internet Explorer as a plug-in, Firefox as an extension, and Opera and Safari as a bookmarklet.

    During this article we’re going to get into the exact specifications of WOT, how the system works, the way in which the community rates and comments on websites, the list of features, and ultimately discuss some of the most dangerous categories of websites. We truly think that in this day and age, people should pay extra attention to their browsing habits, and especially protect their children from inappropriate content.

    Thanks for tuning in; hopefully you will find this article informative about the WOT.

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