When surfing the internet and interacting with websites that you may be unfamiliar with, you are at a risk of becoming a victim of theft, fraud, spyware, spam, viruses, etc. You are really at the mercy of a mouse click. One click and gotcha… We see text on the screen and take it as gospel and really do not know what lies behind that text. It is our nature to believe the written word and for some reason when we hear the word “internet” we look at it as a protective or secure technology; and as a higher trusting authority. It is everything but that.
The internet crime rate has went from that of Mayberry (Andy Griffith and Barney), where one bullet was sufficient; TO, CSI (Crime Scene Investigators) where you get hit (are victimized) and then you are trying to figure out what happened, how it happened and who did it. The internet environment, as we know it today, is an environment of victimization and defense. The fixes (defenses) occur usually after a person or entity has been victimized. The defenses or layers of protection we put into place are our anti-virus, anti-spyware, ant-malware software; firewalls; software updates, etc… These defense measures, if updated properly, take over and attempt to detect or block the threat. The problem with this is that the “threat” has to actually hit home (on our PC’s), before it is detected.
If you are someone who surf’s the internet on a regular basis; how would you like a layer of protection, that is easily managed within the confines of your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox), that will allow you to visually see what web sites are rated safe or unsafe, before the threat hits home? This layer of protection, that I am a strong advocate of is, the layer of protection that is provided by Web of Trust (WOT).
WOT’s color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites – green to go, yellow for caution and red to stop – helping you avoid the dangerous sites. WOT is “FREE”, very easy to install (as an Internet Explorer and Firefox plugin) and most importantly, very easy to use. Web of Trust (WOT) is a community driven service where users (like you and me) are the binding force behind each of the web site ratings. At the time of this writing, WOT had collected ratings for over 21 million web sites.
Check out the WOT demo video below and find out how WOT will help you stay safe when surfing the Internet.
I hope that I have you convinced with installing this added layer of protection. It only makes sense that you do…