WOT for IE applies the Web of Trust's user-based ratings systems to Internet Explorer. When you browse to a questionable site, WOT for IE's toolbar icon changes from green to yellow to red, based on the site's reputation. That reputation is based on feedback by actual visitors and shared through the Web of Trust, a free, community-based online rating service. It does for Web sites what Angie's List does for plumbers; sort the trustworthy from the unreliable, the incompetent, and the scammers. WOT's social features let you read feedback shared by other users and contribute your own experiences. We've all blundered across Web sites that turned out to be not quite what was expected (to put it mildly), and this is one way to learn from the mistakes of others. WOT for IE is free, as is the optional WOT account: You don't need to sign up for anything to take advantage of WOT's ratings and warnings.
We installed WOT for IE and clicked to allow it in Internet Explorer. WOT's start page lets you create a new account, which is fast and unintrusive, or sign in to your existing account. WOT for IE's icon appeared in our browser's toolbar, colored green to indicate a safe, reliable site. Hovering the cursor displays the site's rating (Excellent, Fair, Poor) while clicking the icon produces a pop-up with Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy, and Child Safety ratings. We could manage the add-on's settings from IE's Tools menu or by right-clicking WOT for IE's icon as well as open our MyWOT account page and WOT's other resources. WOT for IE's options include Parental Controls and the ability to block sites that have poor reputations.
We had no trouble finding sites that tripped WOT for IE's red alert. Thanks to WOT for IE, we were able to skip those troublesome sites. If you'd like a browser-integrated way to find out about sites before you spend too much time on them or to keep the kids off the dangerous sites, this is a good tool.
WOT is a website reputation and review service that helps you make informed decisions about whether to trust a website or not when you are searching, shopping or surfing online. WOT simply shows website reputations as traffic lights next to search results when you use Google, Yahoo!, Bing or any other search engine. Icons are also visible next to links in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and email services like Gmail and Yahoo! Mail, as well as other popular sites like Wikipedia. Clicking the traffic light icon opens up the website scorecard where you can find out more information about a website's reputation and other users' opinions. A green traffic light means users have rated the site as trusted and reliable, red warns about potential threats and yellow indicates that you need to be cautious when using a site. WOT ratings and reviews are powered by a global community of millions of users who rate websites based on their personal experiences. In addition, third-party sources are used to warn you about malicious software and other technical threats that you might encounter. You can share your experiences by rating sites yourself and help make the Internet a safer place for everyone. WOT has been featured in the New York Times, CNET, PC World, Kim Komando show, Tech Republic, PC Welt and many other popular media.