Wednesday, August 22, 2007

McAfee SiteAdvisor

McAfee built a system of automated testers which continually patrol the Web to browse sites, download files, and enter information on sign-up forms.

With this information they can tell you:

  • E-mail practices of the website
    • They rate sites based on both how much e-mail they send as well as how the e-mail received looks. Does it look like spam or not?
  • Downloads
    • SiteAdvisor checks the impact of the site's downloadable software.
    • Does the software on the site have any viruses?
  • Online Affiliations
    • Does the site try to redirect you to a site that may cause harm to your clients?
    • Is your site a "feeder" site?
    • If your site has links to too many suspicious sites, it will be flagged.
  • Annoyances
    • Does this site use a lot of pop-ups?
    • Does this site request to change the user's home page or favorites list?
    • Does it try to use 3rd party tracking cookies?
  • Exploits
    • Does this site threaten the security of the user’s machine?
    • Is there software on the site that may be dangerous to a user?
    • Is the website trying to use a browser's security vulnerability to install software

McAfee also allows users to add comment and reviews for a site.

There is also a plug-in for Firefox available.

More information on McAfee SiteAdvisor is available here.

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