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 :
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.
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. :)