Add WOT (Web of Trust) To Your Browser To Protect Yourself From Online Threats

February 6, 2015

To supplement the security on your computer, installing the Web of Trust (WOT) to your computer enables you to make informed decisions on what web sites are safe and those that are not. Web of Trust uses an unique crowdsourcing approach (through global communication) to rate and comment on websites on the internet. I have featured WOT many times in the past here on the blog.

WOT works in a very simple way – it shows website reputations as traffic lights next to search results when using Google, Yahoo!, Bing or any other search engine. They are also visible next to links in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and email like Gmail and Yahoo! Mail as well as other popular sites like Wikipedia. By clicking the traffic light icons you can find out more information about a website’s reputation and other users’ opinions.

To help you understand how WOT works… Best example is when you perform a search on the internet (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc…). Many times you do not know what is behind those links that you click on that could ultimately lead you to scams, untrustworthy links and rogue web stores. Many of the people I have assisted in the past with malware infections, acquired those infections from visiting malicious web sites that they thought were safe. WOT helps protect you from clicking on links that may lead you to these sites by using a simple traffic light system.  A green traffic light means users have rated the site as trusted and reliable, red warns about potential threats and yellow indicates that you need to be cautious when using a site.

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I have WOT installed on all of my computers, have used it for years, and use it to help me sort out the good and bad sites; AND, most importantly to keep me sensitized to the fact that there is a criminal element on the internet that will take advantage of me, if I let it.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: If you are looking for a level of protection when browsing the internet, then you may want to use (install) “the new” Web of Trust (WOT). WOT warns users about websites with potential issues. I have used WOT for years; BUT, one problem with WOT was that some sites, honest in nature, were being improperly rated. “The NEW WOT” is to change that. If you don’t know what WOT is, check it out (see below);

Squeak #2: Now this is something to really think about. The same cable that we often use to connect to a computer to charge the phone could be compromising your data; especially, if it is not your computer you are using. Please read the article below from TechNewsWorld (see below);

Squeak #3: If you are into assisting others on their computers, then you need to check out TeamViewer. I use the FREE version of TeamViewer to provide remote support and actually have it setup on my home network to access the desktops on all my PC’s (see below); AND,

Squeak #4:  Today’s featured tech product is something that is very cool and is an example of the future.  It is a smartphone enabled deadbolt, called KEVO (see below)…

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Web of Trust – Rating Feature Is Completely Revamped

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Web of Trust (WOT), a crowdsourced website reputation service with over 90 million global downloads, has announced a new version today. The renewed WOT significantly enhances the user experience with improved visibility to reasons behind website reputations.

The new WOT prompts users to provide specific reasons for their website ratings. Users rating a site are requested to select at least one reason – labeled as a ‘category’ – to explain their rating… READ MORE

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LockedUSB Keeps Devices Safe While They Charge

@TechNewsWorld

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LockedUSB is a small firewall adapter that plugs into a USB charging port. The smartphone cable plugs into the device, securing data lines and preventing automatic data syncs from taking place… READ MORE


TeamViewer – All-In-One Software For Remote Support

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TeamViewer is a simple and fast solution for remote control, desktop sharing and file transfer that works behind any firewall and NAT proxy… GET IT HERE


With Kevo Your Smartphone Literally Becomes a Key

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With Kevo, your Smartphone is now your key. No more fumbling for your keys. Keep your phone in your pocket or purse and just touch the lock to open. No Smartphone? No Problem. Enjoy the same touch to open convenience with the fob… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Geek Squeaks’ (#69) – A Mini USB Drive, WOT Protection, Popular iPhone Apps and a 1TB Swiss Knife

January 11, 2012

Featured Tech Product of the Day – HP v165w
16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

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Way To Go WOT! – Now Protecting 30 Million Users
@ Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts

Way To Go WOT! – Now Protecting 30 Million Users

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Some of the Most Popular iPhone Apps
@ Scoroncocolo

Some of the Most Popular iPhone Apps

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Swiss Knife with 1 TB USB Flash Drive
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Swiss Knife with 1 TB USB Flash Drive

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Surf Safely with Web of Trust

January 22, 2011

A tool (or browser add-on) that I use on my PC’s, in addition to my normal security software, to help protect me when I am browsing the internet, is no other than Web of Trust (also referred to as “WOT”).

If you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera I highly recommend this installation. What it does is protect you from visiting web sites, when performing searches, that may be harmful by using a visual “traffic light simulated”  alert system.  If you see red (potential danger lurks ahead), if you see yellow (use caution) and green (go for it). In other words it is a visual rating system that is engineered to heighten your awareness of what sites are good and what sites could be bad. WOT shows the reputation of a website in terms of four components: Trustworthiness, Vendor reliability, Privacy, Child safety. I install this on any PC that I get my hands on.

I encourage you to watch the video below to see how it works and how you benefit from using the Web of Trust .

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You are probably wondering, “Who provides the ratings for all of these websites? AND “If this is a rating system, could not someone manipulate the ratings?”.

WOT’s unique tools are powered by our global community of millions of trustworthy users who have rated millions of websites based on their experiences. All websites’ reputation ratings in WOT are based on ratings from our users. WOT also uses information from numerous trusted sources, such as phishing and malware blacklists, to provide the WOT community with real time information.

When someone first hears about the concept behind WOT, their first objection is that someone could easily spam the system with tons of ratings and rate down their competitors or otherwise manipulate reputations, but that’s not true. In order to keep ratings more reliable, the system tracks each user’s rating behavior before deciding how much it trusts the user. WOT applies sophisticated algorithms to detect and eliminate any manipulation of reputation.

Like any security software there can be what is called “false positives”; however, from my experience this add-on tool is VERY ACCURATE and is a must for the everyday computer user.  You can learn more about the Web of Trust by clicking [ HERE ] .

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What’s On My PC – Top Ten All Time Articles

June 11, 2010

It is has been almost 2 years that I first started blogging and was spoon fed, from afar, by the likes of Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts and TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone. I can honestly attest, as a rookie blogger, it has been a challenge; however, today I can further attest it has been both rewarding and a daily exercise of the mind.

What is amazing about blogging is that it is unpredictable. Articles or information that you think will never amount to anything ends up being popular; AND, others you feel are great, just don’t quite hit the mark. To qualify that statement, I have posted links to the top ten all time articles at What’s On My PC…

The one article that really amazes me (that is #3 on the list), is the article where people are still looking for that America Online (AOL) CD. The article, in summary, explains steps (actually a trick) to make your own CD, since it is very difficult to get your hands on an actual CD. As of the date of this article, according to my statistics, nearly 10,000 people cannot live without the AOL CD. I’m guessing, from all of those years where AOL spammed our postal mailboxes with the AOL CD’s, the brainwashing affects continue to live on.

What’s On My PC – Top Ten All Time


  1. If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…
  2. Creating a personalized font from your own handwriting…
  3. Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)
  4. How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…
  5. When Vista will not boot…
  6. bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine
  7. Review of the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player
  8. Technibble’s (portable and FREE) Computer Repair Utility Kit
  9. Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003
  10. “WOT” is NEW…

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Help Develop a Web of Trust

May 17, 2010

The biggest downfall of the internet is that it has provided a haven for the criminal element (organized crime) that will literally do a virtual “drive-by” of your PC  (if you let it) and rob you of your money and your pride. As with any crime, the criminal looks for opportunity; and in the case of computers and the internet the opportunity to commit crime is blatantly available.  It is sad when I hear people express fear of their computers and the internet due to the criminal element side; or I have heard where they have been victimized and have no idea of how it happened. In essence a web of distrust is being created…

Folks, please do not let this get you down. The fight is on and there are things you can do to protect yourself on the internet.  One of the options to help protect you when browsing the internet is an online FREE service called the Web of Trust (WOT) .

image WOT is a very simple browser add-on (that you install) that warns you of risky web sites before you click. For example, if you perform a Google to search, WOT will rate each search result for trustworthiness.

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I install WOT on every PC that I get my hands on. It will not slow down your PC. When installed, it trains you to visually inspect every click you make in your web browser. Almost all internet crimes start as a result of a mouse click. In addition to WOT, you should always maintain your Windows’ updates, use  antivirus and antispyware software and keep your Windows firewall turned “on”.

The cool factor with WOT is that the you can register and become part of the WOT community and help develop a Web of Trust by rating the sites you visit.

WOT ratings are based on shared knowledge

Each community member can contribute to WOT. Share your knowledge to help other users surf more safely by providing ratings for sites that you have used. On the Security scorecard you can tell your story and reasons for the rating you have given, helping others to make an educated decision before interacting with the site. The system processes ratings and calculates the reputation for each website. Attempts to manipulate the reputation data are effectively countered through the use of sophisticated algorithms.

I could go on and on about WOT!  To learn more about this FREE browser add-on, please visit the Web of Trust website.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#35)

November 4, 2009

image Each week What’s On My PC features links to articles (posted within the past 7 days) from the tech blogs that are on the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the sidebar of the blog).  If you are new or old to information technology and computers, these blogs are awesome resources for keeping in tune.

Canadian Tech News Blog
Top 5 Free Software

Snakebytez
Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 now available for Download

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Free Software for Business Use

Tux in the Midwest
Another website launched with Drupal

Worthy Tips
How to preset safe mode boot
before rebooting in Windows OS?

Technize
Download Free Windows 7 Product Guide From Microsoft

I Love Free Software
ADrive: Free 50GB Online Storage and Backup Space

TTC Shelbyville
Control the Ping Command With Performance Pinging

The Abbey Rose
Favicon’s

Techolar
How to disinfect your computer keyboard

Mrintech
WordPress XML and XHTML Sitemap

Freeware Elite
So, do you know what is a Browser?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Facebook, my pet peeves.

Tuneup Blog
Tuneup Blog Diary: Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life (Part Two)

Computer Too Slow
Setting up Dual Monitors

Crazy World of G
Open Sesame

Lifehacker
Google Chrome Beta Adds Bookmark Sync, Speed Boost [Updates]

Rarst.net
HP ProBook 4510s – nice small business notebook

Sugarloaf Tech
How to display your birthday, not your age, in Facebook

Tech-for Everyone
Windows 7 64-bit Adventures

AskBillFirst
What Did He Mean By That? SMS and E-mail Etiquette

Free PC Security
WOT Community Trust Certificate

AKS-Feel The Change
Free Windows File Manager Alternative

Carol’s Vault
Beautiful and free vector graphics

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove BlockWatcher

Teck~Line
See What a Mac User Has To Say About Windows 7

Plato On-Line
Facebook Spamming Practices Revealed

Is You GEEKed Up
Windows 7: What’s Wrong with It?

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Fix MSE Utility – Repair Microsoft Security Essentials

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Sending large files to a friend without a web service?
Create a torrent!

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
A Seriously Advanced Photo Tool – Free Image Analyzer 1.31

Right On Technology
Little Buddy GPS

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Backing Up and Synchronizing Files with SyncToy

What’s On My PC
Using your numeric keypad as a launcher…

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