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Online Banking: Taking Issue With The New York Times

Dec 09, 2009, 13:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Horowitz)

"There are many approaches to being forewarned that you are on a bad Website. None are perfect. That said, my favorite is Web of Trust. The company tries to rate all Websites, an obviously unattainable goal. Still, they come close enough to make installing their Web browser plug-in worthwhile. There is one version of the software for Internet Explorer and another version for Firefox users. The Firefox extension works on all versions of Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

"WOT ratings are visible in two ways. The software adds a button to your Web browser that turns green on good Websites, red on bad ones, and an indeterminate gray on sites they don't yet have a rating for. Unfortunately the color change affects only a very small part of the button and is hard to see.

"You are more likely to run into the WOT ratings next to the links in search engine results. It puts a green circle next to links to Websites with a safe rating, red circles next to bad Websites, and a hard to see gray circle with a question mark next to sites it's unsure about. Far better to be warned before heading off to a malicious Web site. WOT's circles can also found in popular Webmail systems."

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