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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Know If a Website Is Safe or Not

Start with Web of Trust, a free browser plug-in that's available for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. This clever tool vets search results before you click them, using a traffic-light rating system (red, yellow, green) to indicate which links you should avoid, which require caution, and which are safe. Web of Trust includes crowdsourced ratings, meaning that a site's reputation is based on other users' experiences with it, not on some potentially outdated definition file. (You can add your own ratings as you surf, though that's entirely optional.)

Keep in mind, however, that while Web of Trust works well with browser-based e-mail services such as Gmail and Yahoo, it won't help you with messages received in Outlook, Windows Live Mail, and other desktop clients. For such support you should install some kind of local security software.

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