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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tech: How to Surf the Internet Safely with Firefox and WOT

In a previous post, we talked about how security was one of the many reasons to switch to Firefox. Not only are there fewer threats against Firefox, but add-ons such as WOT (Web of Trust) make surfing much safer.

It only takes one click to infect your computer. You search for something using Google. You look through the search results and click on a link that appears to be legitimate. If you're lucky, your antivirus program will catch it. If you're not lucky, you'll start to experience some of the most common symptoms of malware infection:
  • automatic updates will turn off

  • the antivirus program you use will automatically close and will not reopen

  • your home page will change

  • a new toolbar will appear that you know you did not install yourself

  • you'll be bombarded by pop-ups

  • the internet will slow down

  • unusual messages will pop up

  • the desktop background will suddenly change

Even if you use a safer browser like Firefox, there is still a chance that you can infect your computer with malware. This is why we recommend using WOT.

WOT warns you about potentially risky websites before they can harm your computer. WOT is an online community. The ratings are mostly provided by users, however, they use hundred of trusted sources to provide you with the most up-to-date and reliable information on the websites that you visit. WOT uses a color-coded safety rating system. When you begin surfing, you'll notice a new icon on the left-hand side of the address bar.

If this icon is green, then the website is safe; if the icon is red, then the website is dangerous. You can also see the WOT ratings next to the search results in search engines such as Yahoo and Google.

Surf the Internet Safely with Firefox and WOT

If you want to know why a website has received a certain rating, you can always visit the website's scorecard. Click on the icon next to the address bar and click on “View Scorecard for rating details.” The WOT Scorecard give you more detailed information on the site, including user comments.

Surf the web safely by downloading the new Firefox 3.5 and WOT.

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