Tuesday, November 17, 2009

More on how to check websites for history of delivering malware

The world’s largest search engine (Bing still isn’t that close as far as I know) offers a “safebroswing” diagnostic check, which will tell you if the site is suspicious, if it has served as an intermediary for infection. The “tutor” link from Google is here, and the following is an example from one of my own sites. (link). The result may tell the visitor that the site has not been checked in 90 days, although cached links from the site can be found much more recently than that.

The visitor can enter the name of Blogger (or Wordpress or other) blogs, and sometimes get more information about the blog.

This can be a major tool for checking sites about which a user has discomfort. Other tools that we have discussed here include McAfee Site Advisor and Web of Trust. Those tools, when implemented, list a site's "rating" (as with a color code in the case of McAfee, with green being the safest) beside search engine results.

Picture: unrelated: A Norwegian ship in Baltimore harbor; the CVS processing truncated the last image, but it’s what I have!

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