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Last month, I wrote a post about Web Of Trust ratings. We saw, how WOT help users to find safe for browsing websites and avoid getting trapped in to scams and malware.
Recently, Facebook made a deal with WOT team to integrate their rating system within the Facebook which will let know about potential dangerous outgoing link their users may see or click. This will help stop spreading phishing attacks or spread malware into user accounts or computes.
Facebook have started using WOT system for US accounts and should finish integrating WOT system globally in next few months.
Jake Brill – Site Integrity Manager of Facebook praised WOT by saying, “We are excited about our partnership with Web of Trust – They share similar goals and approaches in giving users better control of their online experience.”
According to WOT blog post
Today the WOT team is giddy with excitement to announce a major cooperation with Facebook, the daddy of all social networking platforms. After nearly a year of meeting, talking about and testing WOT data, Facebook has integrated WOT’s community-powered reputation ratings into their security system to provide extra protection for their 500 million plus users.
“We are confident that WOT reputation ratings will make the Facebook experience safer for everyone. Our community has worked hard for years uncovering scams and threats, reporting bad customer service, dubious privacy practices and protecting kids from unsavory sites. Our cooperation with Facebook validates all the effort WOT users put into sharing information,” says Vesa Perälä, CEO of WOT Services Ltd.
How WOT works with Facebook
When Facebook users share links with their friends, Facebook automatically scans the links, applying WOT’s information, to determine if the website is known to distribute spam or contain malware. If the link is identified as untrustworthy, then a warning will appear allowing the person to avoid the link, learn more about the rating or continue forward.
WOT warnings will roll out to US Facebook users today, and then next week, after translators have time to finish their work, it will be available globally.
What is WOT?
Check this Web Of Trust article to read more about the WOT system and how it works.
Its nice to see Facebook taking preventive measures by using third-party website ratings like WOT that are powered by a community of Internet users for the benefit of other users.