We all know that Digg.com is a great place to find interesting, new and sometimes funny content. What might be less known is that the articles submitted to Digg are not screened for malicious content in the articles. They have no way of warning users that there is software that might harm your computer or scam you out of money. This to me is a major flaw in the content screening at Digg.com. Malware authors and spammers have been freely exploiting Digg users with little or no resistance.
Enter WOT – Web Of Trust. WOT is a free Internet security addon for Firefox and Internet Explorer. It will help keep you safe from online scams, identity theft, spyware, spam, viruses and unreliable shopping sites. Once you install WOT and you visit Digg.com you will see the WOT ratings next to each article. This is a quick and effective way to determine if the person submitting the article is of a trusted source, if they are unknown and most important if they are a known bad character a to be avoided.
Example of the WOT ratings seen on Digg.
For more information on how WOT works, adjusting the settings and more visit the WOT Support web page for an easy to understand guide to using WOT or dsee the WOT Video Demo.
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