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First, you need to download the WOT add-on here. Downloading and using the WOT add-on is free of charge.
After you install the add-on, you can register as a user. Registering is free of charge and optional. You are able to use the WOT add-on and also rate websites without registering. However, registered users have access to our full range of features that allow you to:
- Create a user profile
- Write comments on websites' scorecards
- Post on our forum and blog
You can access WOT ratings by clicking the round WOT icon which is visible in your browser's toolbar. When you click it you see the reputation of the website you are currently using. The WOT icon is also visible after search engine results (e.g. Google or Yahoo) and in webmail applications after web links. In these cases, when you hover your mouse cursor over the icon you see the reputation of the website in question.
Each website has a page in WOT where you can see detailed rating information about the site. This page is called a scorecard. You can access a scorecard by:
- Clicking the WOT icon in your toolbar and choosing ”View scorecard for rating details”
- Clicking the WOT icons after search engine results and email links in webmail
Watch the tutorial video How WOT works while searching
On the scorecard two rating components of a website's reputation are shown: Trustworthiness and Child Safety. The reputation ratings are shown in colored WOT icons and also in numeric values.
The graphic of small figures after each rating component shows you how reliable the system considers the current rating. The more darkened figures, the more reliable the reputation rating.
On the scorecard you can also read comments that other users have written. Please note that the number of comments does not indicate how many users have rated a site since leaving a comment is optional. When a user writes a comment they are also asked to choose an appropriate category. Comments and categories are there to provide you with additional information, and they are not calculated in the overall reputation rating.
WOT uses color-coded symbols to show the rating of a site: green indicates trustworthiness, yellow tells you to be cautious, and red indicates potential danger. Check the complete list of symbols here.
User ratings are the foundation of Web of Trust. All WOT reputation ratings are based on ratings from our massive community. Everyone who has installed the add-on is allowed to rate and we encourage you to do so. You do not need to be an IT professional in order to rate websites. All we ask if for you to share your experiences from the websites you already know. Being able to learn from other people's experiences is the whole reason for the WOT service.
We ask you to rate websites according to your own personal experience and knowledge while keeping in mind the instructions below:
- Rate only websites that you know and have visited
- You can rate a website only in the components that are valid and leave the other components unrated
- If you feel that a WOT rating for a site is incorrect, please provide your own rating
- If you use a site that does not have enough evidence for calculating the rating - indicated by the symbol - please give your own rating
- In addition to rating, you can leave a comment explaining your rating/experience for other WOT users
You can rate websites in four rating components:
Trustworthiness reflects the overall trustworthiness of a website: Do you consider this site safe to use? Does this site deliver you what it promises? Do you trust the content of the website? A poor rating may indicate Internet scams, identity theft risks, credit card fraud, phishing, viruses, adware or spyware. The site may contain annoying advertisements, excessive pop-ups or content that makes your browser crash. A poor rating may also indicate that the site's content is not trustworthy.
Vendor Reliability tells you whether the site is safe for buying and selling or for business transactions in general. An “excellent” rating indicates superior customer service, timely delivery of products or services and overall customer satisfaction. A "poor" rating indicates possible fraud or a bad shopping experience.
Child safety indicates if the site contains age-inappropriate material. This includes mature content meant for adults: Content depicting nudity, sexual content, violence, vulgar or hateful language or content that encourages dangerous or illegal activities.
You can rate a website via the WOT icon in your browser's toolbar or in a scorecard. Comments for websites can be left only on scorecards.
Watch the tutorial video How to rate websites using WOT
You can personalize WOT to suit your way of surfing. Access settings by clicking the WOT icon in your browser's toolbar and choosing Settings in the top right corner of the pop-up window.
You can for example:
- In the Warnings tab - set the add-on to warn you about sites with poor rating in Child-safety
- In the Searching tab - set the add-on to show you only negative ratings in search engine results
- In the Advanced tab - set the add-on to the colorblind version
Watch the tutorial video How to customize WOT settings
When you register with WOT you have your own user account. You can access your user profile page by logging in at the top right corner of www.mywot.com.
On your profile page you can see your posts on the WOT forum, your scorecard comments and your ratings. You can sort and delete ratings from My ratings. If you have a website you can verify yourself as the owner on the My sites page.
You can edit your profile information by pressing the Edit profile button located at the bottom left corner.
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