Saturday, March 25, 2017

Free Internet Safety Tools

[Courtesy of Gizmo Freeware]
This review of internet safety check covers two sections: Installed Software and Online Services. These products are rated under six criteria:
  • Ratings that are reliable with more information close at hand.
  • Scanning that doesn't slow me down too much.
  • Warning about and blocking of risky sites.
  • Searching options including icons that link to the full rating.
  • Compatibility and integration with the web browsers and operating systems.
  • Detecting web pages and sites that have active or reported threats
See also More About Internet Safety Check at the end of this review.

Installed Software

Web of Trust (WOT)  

The best tool that tells you which websites you can trust based on user ratings


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free
Fast; highly compatible but works best in Firefox; works with the most search engines and even Google image search; multiple categories of user comment; excellent warning and blocking; child safety rating; excellent documentation.
Less functionality in browsers other than Firefox; slow on image search results.
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McAfee WebAdvisor  

A solid website advisor but unexceptional


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free (Limited features)
Works with many search engines; good site report; generally fast; McAfee crawl the web scanning sites.
No blocking; limited user ratings.
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LinkExtend  

The best installed meta-rater which has an excellent reputation with users


Our Rating: 
2.5
License: Free
Combines other free rating sources; provides a lot more information; works with Google and Yahoo! search.
Firefox and Chrome only for automated rating, Internet Explorer requires visits to each website; only two search engines; no warning or block screens; no link to detailed information so you will have to go to each rating source.
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Online Services

These online safety checks are less convenient but very useful.

VirusTotal  

Checks websites and files against several rating services and blacklists, and scans with multiple anti-virus engines


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free
Online service works with any browser; high accuracy; rates and scans in one check; 68 scanners; 13 raters; installable versions for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
Slow reporting for scans; browser add-ons do very little.
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Trend Micro Site Safety Center  

A simple rating with the category of threat and has equivalent accuracy to the other Trend Micro products


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free
Works with any browser; good threat detection; quick response; also categorizes sites.
Limited features.
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URLVoid  

An online internet safety rater that has more tools than others


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free
Works with any browser; 25 raters; 6 scanners; other tools e.g. IPVoid.com for IP addresses.
Separate checks for rating and scanning.
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McAfee Threat Library  

Twice as effective as McAfee WebAdvisor in identifying websites with active threats


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free
Effective rater; search database for IP address, DNS server, malware name, vulnerability name, etc.
n/a
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