What’s WOT?

What’s WOT? – Web of Trust (WOT) is a free community-drive tool for safe web surfing. It helps all web users stay safe by rating sites according to various criteria: trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child-friendliness. Add the add-on to your browser and it will reveal problematic sites as you search, surf, shop and socialise online. It works when you’re using Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Bing, Wikipedia and other popular sites. The WoT community has already rated millions of websites, if you join MyWot you get to add your ratings.

Earlier this week I saw several educated sorts caught out by phishing scams and dodgy links on Facebook. Using WoT might have protected them. Today WoT has also announced integration with Facebook, which might add a layer of protection without users having to load the add-on. Here’s hoping.