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What Does Web of Trust Mean?

Web of Trust (WOT) is a free and open-source Web security product made by WOT Services, Ltd., of Finland. It has been described as a "crowdsourced website reputation service" that helps to provide certain kinds of Web filtering and security analysis for users.

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Techopedia Explains Web of Trust

Web of Trust is openly available for download on the Internet and is compatible with many different browsers and operating systems. It is used as an add-on for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari.

The developer offers WOT as a system for taking Web security beyond basic antivirus and firewall systems, and for protection against online threats that require additional security measures.

Web of Trust works on the basis of a "red, yellow, green" traffic light system that is easy to understand from an end-user perspective.

Open-source crowdsourcing tools like this one are helping companies and other users to protect themselves from the high degree of illegal and harmful activity on the Internet and from various kinds of cyberattacks and data breaches.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.