How do you know if a site is safe?

As paid post bloggers and one of those who sell text links and rotating ads, I make it a point to make sure that the links I share on my blog are at least decently safe from spyware and adware. I have personally rejected a few paid posts when I get a warning on my toolbar and spyware that those sites have been blacklisted. Normally, I will reject it straght away because I do not know how to verify the information. It is better to be safe than sorry.

So, I hope all of us will at least try to make sure that we do not put our readers and surfers through these threats unknowingly.

I use Spyware Terminator and this is what I get when the site is not safe :

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and the other one is McAfee SiteAdvisor. You can download the Firefox tool bar from SiteAdvisor. It is just little green bar at the bottom right of our monitor. If the site is not safe, it will turn red. I find it useful for my children because they normally go around all kind of games sites. Once they see the red bar there, they will know they shouldn’t be hanging around that site.


Just to show u the green bar, not the ad, ok? :p

I just declined an advertisement because of the warning.

You can get a free download of Spyware Terminator and also read my review on Spyware Terminator on my personal blog.

If you have other tips or links to share, please let me know. I am very paranoid!

BTW, do you know that some sites are marked ‘red’ eventhough I doubt the site is ‘dangerous’? See KennySia‘s site rating. :)

Post Author: lilian

2 thoughts on “How do you know if a site is safe?


    (July 18, 2007 - 4:08 pm)

    I’m really paranoid as well, and use quite a lot of programs to keep my PC “safe” (quotes because it’s never really 100% safe now, is it?). Just to share what I use:

    1. Ad-Aware SE Personal (free)
    2. Spybot Search and Destroy (free)
    3. Spyware Terminator (free – thanks for recommending this one)
    4. CCleaner (free)
    5. Tuneup Utilities (shareware – but I somehow managed to *ahem* get it fully working :p)
    6. AVG Antivirus Free Edition (basic program, but doesn’t tax my computer’s memory, so to me, it’s good).

    I prefer to use as much free programs out there as I can get, ‘cos the rest which you, er, get to fully work (you know what I mean) aren’t exactly reliable. Nanti suddenly tell you the serial number you’ve been using all the while isn’t working anymore, please purchase new one, etc etc. I don’t need that kind of hassle.

    I’ve been using the McAfee site advisor too, and it’s worked well for me too.

    Simple programs, but they’ve worked for me thus far :)


    (July 19, 2007 - 9:38 am)

    omg, KennySia is dangerous, better dun go there…

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