If you are a Firefox user, you might already know that Firefox has good security features in itself. But when you are on the Wild Wild Web,you can never be too careful. Any extra bit of security is most welcome, especially when it comes Free.
McAfee SiteAdvisor is a plugin for Firefox which will help you in finding which sites are safe and which are not. Once installed it appears as small area of text in the bottom right hand corner of the browser window. This changes colour depending on the website. Green signifies a website that can be trusted, yellow a site that might send lots of emails or red for sites that are known to send spam or bundle adware into downloads.
Moreover, when ever you search with Google, Yahoo! or MSN, SiteAdvisor’s safety ratings appear next to the search results. Here are the indicators that you get and what they mean.
Safe: Site has been tested and no significant problems noticed.
Caution: Site has, or had in the past, some minor security or nuisance issues
Clicking on SiteAdvisor toolbar lets you customize SiteAdvisor or see a site’s detailed test results. This includes the number of emails received after registration and whether the website links to any suspicious sites. Downloads hosted on the site are also checked. Most websites are tested by computers at McAfee but it is possible to submit a user report if you feel that a website has been the cause of spam or adware.
In this case the website will be looked at by a member of the McAfee team, rather than relying on automatic checking. The site owner can also leave a message responding to the rating.