Browser Extension of the Week: Web of Trust

Maximum PC Staff

Let’s face it: For every honest, reputable website, shopping portal or social network out there worth putting your trust into, there’s another thousand internet destinations hellbent on getting their dirty rat claws on your personal information, or slinging shady deals. Mitigate the damage with Web of Trust , our Browser Extension of the Week.

Designed for use with Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari (if you must), Web of Trust provides a safer browsing experience by indexing websites based on a number of attributes: Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy and Child Safety. After creating an account or connecting to WOT through your Facebook profile, using the extension couldn’t be easier: Simply browse to a website, click on the extension icon, and you’ll be provided with the site’s WOT rating.

What’s more, WOT allows its users to have their say as well. WOT users are encouraged to provide their own ratings for the sites they visit and can even express why they voted for a site in the manner they have through WOT’s comment system. The generated commentary can then be perused by other WOT users.

This combination of user generated ratings and commentary means that Web of Trust is able to provide both a quantitative and qualitative view of a website’s content, making it easier for everyone to ascertain whether or not they can rely on what the interwebz have to offer.

Be sure to check back every Thursday for another edition of Maximum PC’s Browser Extension of the Week.

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