Wot (www.mywot.com) is a service which advises the user on how secure a website is in relation to the threat of malware or other general sleaziness. There are four categories used to define how "good" a website is:
1. Trustworthiness which rates how legitimate a website is in terms of reports of malware, viruses or just poorly coded genuine software that either has lots of exploits or can cause system instability.
2. Vendor reliability reports how successfully and honestly a website engages in e commerce with the client.
3. Privacy is self explanatory.
4. Child safety is how friendly the website is for children.
Each of these categories employs a colour coding system most similar to a traffic light, Green Means Go or good, Yellow means Iffy and proceed with caution, Red means "Woah are you sure you want to trade at, visit or view this website ?" However Not all red's are created equal.
To explore what I mean lets take some examples. A given porn website may have no malware or viruses, may keep a users data secure and use Https but will obviously normally recieve quite poor or completely negative ratings for child safety but this is not necessarily a reflection that the website is unsafe for adults to browse too.
On the Other hand a given on line retailer may do well on trustworthiness and child safety criteria as they have no viruses or sexual imagery but may do poorly on vendor reliability as they incompetently keep track of stock, don't have good customer service and under and overchage consistently.
I tend to find that web of trust catches many virus containing websites that McAfee misses such as the example sites given below (From searching the term Porn), whereas the examples of the converse happening are much less ubiquitous.
Paris Porn Movies - Tube Videos
www.parispornmovies.com/Biggest collection of free porn movies in the tube video format. Paris Porn
Green McAfee, Red Wot All categories
PenisBot's Porn Links
www.penisbot.com/PenisBot's Porn Links.
Green McAfee, Orange Wot All categories except red for child safety
Thus when I am browsing I often find web of trust stopping me from going to a website that may bring disaster to my computer before I go there as it blocks the page from loading with a warning " This site has been rated poorly continuing to it may harm your computer."
The big advantage of WOT is that is independent and the ratings are user generated unlike McAfee and Norton which may be influenced by commercial pressure and may be paid to accept dodgy websites.
Its major drawback is the threat of zero day threats. One time when I was browsing both McAfee and Wot missed a site but luckily the built in security in Internet Explorer stopped the page from loading!
The web of trust (mywot.com) service is a very good source, as well as a rare one for checking how reliable a website is. The wot service has some very good and reliable ratings, which can be used to keep your browsing more secure. However, it also has scam websites given very high ratings, which the wot users have no affect over. I just read a few comments on wot, so I thought why not review it, since those comments remind me of my experience with the wot service.
Until I got first hand experience of the problem of unreliable, wot owner oriented ratings, I didn't know wot to have a bad side to it. If it was to be a one off, I'd think someone had outsmarted wot's antispam system to give their scam website an extremely high rating. Lately however, many of the wot users that I know experiencing similar issues, have been rethinking the reliability of wot's ratings. This especially as wot doesn't usually count ratings given by its users, this is clear from pages where websites are given really bad comment ratings by hundreds of users, sometimes thousands, and the website is rated trustworthy by wot, and it has a wot trust seal.
Some users think this is due to an unknown error, a bug of some kind. I can neither say I accept that theory, nor completely reject it. I've been using the wot addon on my browsers for a number of years, and most of the time I found it of some use. Lately, I've began using trafficlight and kaspersky url advisor alongside it.
As most of my browsing is on my ubuntu PC, I don't have kaspersky url advisor on it, but I do have trafficlight. Trafficlight on many occasions, found websites to be malicious, while wot showed them to be highly trustworthy. Sometimes scam websites change their domain name or extension, so that they can start with a clean slate on wot. A great example of such scam websites is smarttweak. That's one of many examples, but others maybe able to give more off the top of their head. It took many complaints from wot users to get the high ratings on smarttweak changed to low, but then smarttweak changed their domain extension from .com to .org.
My advice would be to continue using wot, if you already use it. But don't use the rating charts as a definitive guideline to the trustworthiness of a website, remember to read users' comments and if possible install another secure browsing addon for your internet browser.
WOT started off very good, but over time scam websites have found various methods to either get extremely high ratings, or start from scratch when their ratings drop. I think wot is falling behind, and needs some serious updating.
One last thing to note, WOT sells trust seals here: http://www.mywot.com/en/trustseal/compar​ison
This is a page of wot, which show's a simple method for crooks to buy high ratings.
I give it a two star rating, because reliability is the most important factor about the service. The service is good, but needs a huge amount of improvement, and a lot of updating.
Wot is one of the things that can really help to protect your computer. Made in 2006, it has grown to be a hugely popular in the online community including winning "Gizmo's Top Pick for Best Freeware Internet Security Check".
WOT is a very simple concept, but it works very well. It works with both Firefox and IE, But I am reviewing only on what I know about the firefox version. There is a little circle near my address bar. On this site I can see it is green, meaning it is a well trusted site. If I click on the circle, It will tell me the community rating for Child safety, Privacy, Vendor reliablity and Trustworthiness. I can see that these are all highlighted in green, showing they are all ok. If Privacy was yellow, I would know that it is not the best site in the world for Privacy. If it was Red, I would know that it was not that good. But lets say it was a very very nasty website, and they are all red. It is no good if I go on the site, right? WOT has thought of this, and if that is the case, a warning will pop up, blocking the website. I can then go onto the website if I wish, or go to the WOT site, to see what people have wrote, or just leave the site.
But if I go on a website, and everything is green, and I disagree.I can rate them bad, and then my rating would count towards the overall rating. But it is rare that your rating would compleatly be different to other peoples, and because of the huge amount of people that do report the correct ratings, generally you will get the correct rating for a site.
But people that try to manipulate the website to try to make WOT unreliable, will find it very hard. This is due to the fact that a trusted user has much more power over the ratings than a random person who is trying to mess up the data.
If you do have firefox, I would strongly reccommend getting it, as it just help you find good websites, and just protect your computer.
WOT (Web of Trust) is a website rating program which helps you to avoid nasty websites trying to scam you, send you junk mail and contain viruses in their downloads.
You can download an add-on for your internet browser, either IE or Firefox, which integrates with your Google, Yahoo or Live searches and shows up warnings on harmful websites. They use a simple traffic light system rating dangerous websites red, websites to be wary of amber and websites proven trustworthy green.
If you find a site which is dangerous you can also recommend it and rate it which will help other members in the future; you can also read other people's ratings of the websites on the my WOT website.
It also provides warning within your email program; Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail, as to weather the e-mail is a scam and any links within it are dangerous.
There is also a handy parent control feature which blocks dangerous and over age sites for children.
I recommend downloading WOT for your browser today as not only will it help you to keep your PC safe; it will help keep you and your details safe from scams and junk mail.
At the moment it has over 23 Million rated websites and growing!
Check it out --- www.myWOT.com
Thanks For Reading.
Web of Trust is a unique community-based safe surfing tool that uses an intuitive traffic-light style rating system to help Internet users stay safe as they search, browse, and shop online. Web site ratings are continuously updated by millions of members of the WOT community and from numerous trusted sources, such as phishing site listings. The free Internet security add-on works with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers and can be downloaded at http://www.mywot.com.
How WOT works for me
Especially when I am shopping online or downloading something, I want to know that the site is trustworthy, secure and that my privacy is protected. The WOT ratings are an added assurance that a site is trusted by Internet users. If I want more information, I can read the user comments on the scorecard to find out about others' experiences with the site. For sites that I am familiar with, I can add my own ratings and comments, which is useful to other people.
Member ratings are combined with data from services such as PhishTank, TRUSTe and Panda Labs for accurate up-to-the minute website reputation information. I like the fact that other large communities (PhishTank, OpenDNS) are contributing to WOT, plus malware feeds from security experts like Panda, or HpHosts.
Reputation rating is based on four components:
WOT uses color-coded symbols to show the rating of a site. They are easy to understand, even by children. Green means safe, yellow warns you to be cautious and red alerts you to potential risk. When you search on Google or Yahoo!, Wikipedia, digg, etc. the WOT icon appears beside the link. It also works with Gmail, Yahoo! mail and Hotmail (I use all three), which is excellent to identify spam or phishing that gets through the filters.
How to get WOT
WOT is a free download for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Download from http://www.mywot.com/