Safe SurfingJuly 18, 2008 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Internet, Security, Software | 6 Comments
Back in December, I reviewed tools for safe surfing. Since then, LinkScanner is no longer a recommended tool. There are concerns that it tracks your browsing history. I’ve been using McAfee’s SiteAdvisor and trying others here and there. Now WOT, for Web Of Trust, has been recommended so I gave it a test run. WOT is more user driven and checks a little different set of categories, including child saftey. In some ways, I like the SA information better – it’s more specific why – but I have also noticed it sometimes pans a site because it has a link to a less reputable site. It’s also fussier to offer feedback.
The WOT search results come up faster than SA and generally match. WOT seems to require that you go to the site to offer feeback – not ideal if it’s a site with issues. SA allows you to link from the search engine results. WOT shows up on links in pages sometimes too. Will try both for a bit and see how they compare.