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Website Safety Ratings



How to tell if a website is safe to visit.

No one wants to land on a potentially dangerous website but how can a person tell if a website is safe or not. There were no easy answers until Siteadvisor came along. They do the work for you by testing a website's contents and rating their safety level accordingly. Siteadvisor is now owned by McAfee

Siteadvisor will test a site's downloads to check for any adware, spyware, trojans and other unsafe elements that may be present. They also check the linking's to make sure they are safe. Even if a website is safe a visitor may inadvertently click to a linked site that may be unsafe.

By downloading and installing the Siteadvisor plug-in, a color safety ratings button will appear on the browser tool bar. It will change color according to the safety level of a given website that you are on. Green for safe, Yellow for mostly safe and Red for unsafe. A gray bar with a question mark means that the site has not been checked by Siteadvisor or it is in the queue to be checked.

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Another valuable feature of Siteadvisor is that the search results from Google, MSN and Yahoo will show the color safety level of all sites that come up.

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Clicking on the bar or the button will bring up Siteadvisor's menu with a View Site Details. In depth reasons for the particular rating will be given including a link map of the website. If a website offers newsletters, sign ups for updates, club memberships and so on they will test them for possible spam and spyware.

At this time there are no other ways for the public to know if a website is safe or not other than to try what they offer and hope for the best. From our personal experience this is a risky tact that can lead to un pleasantries. Some adwares are just awful in terms of the difficulties involved in getting them off your system once established. For some spywares we have had to search on the web to find specific removal utilities developed just for that purpose. These are files that popular anti adware and spyware programs cannot remove.

Siteadvisor is a boon to webmasters who are thinking about doing business with or just exchanging links with another website. A Green rated site linking to a Red site will end up being rated Red. The thought is that visitors can inadvertently wind up on a Red site through a link and be harmed in some way, ie. spammed, download adware etc. Once a site is rated Red, it takes a very long time to go back to being Green, even if all offending practices are stopped immediately.




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