Want the Best in Free Internet Security? – Get People Driven Security With WOT

dangerous_websites_pie_small.jpgSome time ago I received an email from Esa Suurio, CEO of a relatively new free web service/browser add-on, WOT (web of trust), in which he set out the advantages of this Internet community whose purpose is to allow its members to exchange their personal knowledge about a web site. According to WOT, the user community now has reputation data on over 17 million sites worldwide.

The shared information on a site’s reputation includes trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy, and child safety. In addition, WOT uses hundreds of trusted sources including phishing site listings, to keep users protected against rapidly spreading threats.

Based on the information I gathered I decided to test this browser add-on for 30 days. A major attraction for me was WOT’s ability to provide information on the reliability/unreliability of online shopping sites. I was so impressed with WOT’s functionality that I have kept this browser add-on as part of my permanent security armor.

People-driven security is an idea whose time has finally arrived. An obvious advantage of the Internet is the gathering and dissemination of information. What better way to use the Internet then, than to provide critical security information gathered from web users, to the people most in need of this information; other web users.

Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at the Internet Storm Center (ISC), has been quoted as saying with respect to people driven security “The good guys need to out-share the bad guys to help counter them.” Given the unstable state of Internet security, it would be difficult to disagree with the sentiment expressed in this statement.

Quick facts – WOT checks the following:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Vendor reliability
  • Privacy
  • Child Safety

 

WOT is free and it’s available for both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Download at: MyWot

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2 responses to “Want the Best in Free Internet Security? – Get People Driven Security With WOT

  1. Dennis Smythe

    I had this great friend I met when he lived here in Las Vegas named Bill Mullins.Hes the guy that pushed my slow lame azz towards computers…I made my first e mail addy on the PC @ his house. He never pushed too hard or Id have ran off not being a techy. Now Ive built a few from barebones & fixe 40 or maybe 50 down pcs I miss that dude ever since he went back to Minn. He was a great teacher & Mentor.Im DLing WOT & test driving it thanks for the jolt

  2. James Goodwin

    Not a really great idea letting Novices rate sites.”

    by James_Goodwin on November 16, 2008

    Pros: In theory it sounds good, but not a good idea, read my reasons why below.

    Cons: It is never a good idea to let novices rate websites because they usually just write whatever they want, whether it is true or not, also if a competitor of some website decides to write bad stuff there is no recourse for the targeted website.

    Summary: They also use references that either don’t resolve or there is nothing to back them up. For instance they list advancedsearchbar.com and it does nothing bad, no malware, no adware, no spyware, and Advanced Searchbar has be reviewed in PC World, PC Magazine, CPU Magazine, and is listed on Wikipedia, Download.com (5 stars), Tucows (5 Cows) but yet WOT lists it as Dangerous. Go figure. Not one thing to back it up and they won’t remove the dangerous label. You are better off using SiteAdvisor, but they all stink because you are using the advice of novice users with too much free time on their hands.