Trusted Sources

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28 September, 2006 the blog post: Responding to threats introduced the incorporation of trusted sources to WOT's reputation system.

What is a Trusted Source?

WOT incorporates automated scorecard references from various partners known as Trusted Sources. The Scorecard reference is added when the partner's database includes an entry and when the partner's database removes an entry, WOT's scorecard removes the reference. Inclusion / removal is not immediate, it takes about 24 hours for entries to appear or disappear after WOT has received notification from the source provider.

How Trusted Sources influence the reputation of a website

When computing ratings, trusted sources that are added to a scorecard have a different weight according to their reliability. This weight is manually assigned and depends on how data is collected and verified by the trusted source itself. For example, trusted sources that are fully automated and have a large number of false positives are considered less reliable than trusted sources whose data are verified by real people.

Trusted Sources by category

The current list of trusted sources includes

Adult

  • Generic
    Scorecard entries are identified with the "Appeared on an Adult listing."


Malware

Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly.

  • Google Safe Browsing - visit
  • Malware Domain List - visit
  • Yandex Safe Browsing - visit


Pharmaceutical

Entries on the scorecard are harvested from CIPA's list of fraudulent sites.
  • LegitScript.com - visit
Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly.


Phishing

  • Artists Against 419 - visit
Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly.
  • AutoShun (snort list) - visit
Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly.
Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly.
  • Google Safe Browsing - visit
Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly.
  • Yandex Safe Browsing - visit
Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly.


Spam

Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly via the new listings blacklist.
Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly via the new listings blacklist.
Entries on the scorecard come from the database directly via the new listings blacklist.


SSL Certificate

  • Symantec - visit
    Represents having a valid Symantec SSL Certificate
    (Formerly VeriSign)

Trust seal

  • TRUSTe - visit
    Represents having a valid TRUSTe seal


General reference

These may be found on the scorecard's comment section. They do not affect the site's reputation and are presented for general reference.


Removals

  • spamcop.net has been eliminated from WOT's Trusted Sources: 13 April, 2012 by WOT Staff: Sami
  • malwareurl.com has been eliminated from WOT's Trusted Sources for failure to respond to emails requesting domain removal. This action was performed by WOT Staff: Sami Revision as of 05:07, 30 September 2010
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