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If you are concerned as I am about the increase in online threats you will be happy to know that there is a way you can rate a web site based on criteria such as:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Vendor Reliability
  • Privacy
  • Child Safety

To do this you need to download the Web Of Trust (WOT) program from www.mywot.com and join as a basic member.

After you install the Web Of Trust add-on you will notice a green circle in your toolbar, this is the Web Of Trust add-on.

If you click on it a menu will open as depicted in Figure 1: Web Of Trust Add-on Menu for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

You can rate any web page you are visiting by clicking on the green circle and when the menu opens simply click anywhere on the coloured bar, red represents poor and green represents excellent.

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Figure 1: Web Of Trust Add-on Menu for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox

As you can see from Figure 2: Profile Tab below the profile tab displays information about yourself, though you can opt to hide this information, this tab also displays any comments you have left about the web sites you have rated.

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Figure 2: Profile Tab

The next tab allows you to edit different aspects of your profile, unfortunately I can’t show you a screenshot of that tab.

The next tab over is the My Ratings as you can see from Figure 2: My Ratings Tab shows you how you have rated web sites you have visited over time.

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Figure 3: My Ratings Tab

The next tab is the Public View Tab, this is how other members see your profile as you can see from the Figure 3: Public View Tab screenshot.

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Figure 4: Public View Tab

You can also see from Figures 2 & 3 of my profile I start off as a rookie level member and in Figure 4 I am a bronze level member as you rate web sites you go through different levels for example.

If you want to know more about the different levels go to www.mywot.com and go to the support menu for further assistance.

The Web Of Trust (WOT) add-on is available for both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox web browsers, you will also find videos on how the add-on works and how to use it efficiently.

I hope you all enjoy this blog as I thought I would use screenshots to show you all what the Web Of Trust is and how it can help reduce Internet threats such as phishing attempts.

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2 Comments

  1. Dear Paul,
    Thank you for recommending WOT on your blog. You explained in easy-to-understand language, and the screenshots showing the profile pages were a good idea. I need to make something similar for the WOT pages. Well done!

    Safe surfing,
    Deborah
    Web of Trust

  2. Admiring the commitment you put into your website and in depth information you present.
    It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information.
    Fantastic read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.


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