The Internet is a vast wonderland of information, pictures, videos and so much more. However, browsing online is not without its traps and pitfalls. You have to be Web-geek to stay away from scammers, phishing attacks and hackers that want to steal your personal information.
One of the quickest ways to get in trouble is to hang out in the Internet equivalent of a bad neighbourhood. I’m talking about visiting sketchy websites. The trick is how to know a site is sketchy before you visit it.Don’t you wish there was some kind of “bouncer” that could keep you from getting into trouble on those sketchy sites? Luckily for you, there’s a browser add-on that can give you a head’s up when you come across a bad site.
That’s where Web of Trust comes in. It’s an add-on for Web browsers that shows you which sites are safe for browsing and what needs to be avoided.
Web of Trust, or WoT, has an easy scale of green to red icons to indicate which sites are trustworthy and which are unsafe. These icons will appear when you search for things online. Green is “safe,” yellow means “use caution” and red means “avoid at all costs!”. You can also see the WoT icon when you visit sites, and when you click on the icon you can see additional information. You can even rate sites based on trustworthiness and being appropriate for children.
Note: WoT will prompt you to create an account, but you don’t have to if you just want the site ratings. If you want to comment on WoT sites and participate in the WoT forums, however, you will need to create an account.
To download the browser add-on, navigate to the Web of Trust homepage and click on the large green button labelled “Download” in the center of the page. It should have the logo of your browser on the button.The add-on download should begin immediately. When prompted, add the Web of Trust app to your browser. It’s just that simple, and completely free.
Once it’s installed, you can browse the Web with peace of mind knowing that you have a beacon to alert you when there’s trouble ahead.