Here we are with a different security application: WOT, an abbreviation of My Web of Trust. The application is installed as a plug-in for your web browser (Internet Explorer and Firefox are supported.) It is a cross-platform application for Firefox users: it can run on Windows, MacOS X and Linux.
WOT will not save you from all online threats. In this age, where users have to undertake layered security defenses with an antivirus, firewall and anti-spyware, WOT sits as a different layer. What it does is basically is to check the links you see on your web browser and check their trustworthiness, vendor liability, privacy and child safety. With the sum of all these, WOT assigns a rating which changes from green (trustworthy) and red (warning). When you open a website, you will see a small window that says “Trust" or “Warning", which gives you an idea of the website in terms of security.
WOT uses both the users’ ratings and the trusted lists, such as phishing website links to do its job (and it does its job good.)
The web has become a common attack vector and consequently the kind of protection offered by WOT has become a necessity if you want to be able to surf safely and avoid internet security risks (see our article The Top 5 Reasons Hackers Use the Web for Attacks for information about why the web has become so popular with hackers and cybercriminals).