[Windows, Mac, Linux] Web of Trust (WOT) is an addon or extension that identifies risky or dangerous links and websites while you are using your web browser. This addon is available for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. There is also a bookmarklet for Browsers such as Opera and Safari.
Here’s what the WOT website says about their product:
Protect yourself from online scams, sites with adult content, spam and other Internet threats. The WOT community has rated millions of websites so you can search, shop online and surf for fun without worrying.
When the WOT addon is installed in a web browser, it displays safety information about web sites in two different ways.
First, there will be a WOT icon at the top of the browser next to the address bar. It will be colored green, yellow or red to show you the general rating of the web page you are currently viewing.
If you click on this icon, you’ll be able to see more details about the ratings.
The detailed ratings are broken down into four categories: Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy and Child Safety. As you can see, Techie Buzz is a winner in all four areas.
The second way that WOT displays it’s ratings is while you are searching at one of the popular web search engines. Ratings are shown for Google, Yahoo, Ask, Bing and Froogle.
As you can see, there is a colored icon next to each search result. Clicking on the icons there also gives you more detailed information about each site. You won’t have to worry if it’s safe to click on search results once you have WOT installed.
Some online email services are also covered by the link identification from WOT. Here’s what my Gmail looks like in Firefox. This also seems to work in Yahoo Mail, Live Mail and AOL Mail.
The WOT addon will make your online email far safer to use.
Download the WOT addons for Firefox, IE and Chrome
The WOT Bookmarklet for Opera and Safari
For those who don’t wish to install anything at all in their browser, I’ve found an online search engine which uses WOT to rate the search results.
Try SurfCanyon’s WOT Search
Techie Buzz Verdict:
There are several other services that offer similar addons or toolbars to make surfing more safe. WOT is my favorite and it supports the widest range of web browsers.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5