Saturday, August 19, 2006

McAfee SiteAdvisor gives Green to Porn Domains

I must admit, I'm a little disappointed but it looks like McAfee's Site Advisor may need to check it's database, I think a couple of sites may have been put into the wrong category!

SiteAdvisor was recently voted as one of the Top 50 Coolest Websites by Time Magazine.. quite rightly they were chuffed to bits and posted in the SiteAdvisor blog about it

According to Time, McAfee SiteAdvisor:

...aims to keep you out of trouble — or, to be precise, stop you from clicking through to websites where spyware, worms, and other cyber threats lurk...Why would you need this? Because simply clicking through to a suspect site can wreak havoc on a PC, and risky sites comprise a growing portion of search returns.

However.. a friend went over to SiteAdvisor page and decided to check out a few domains and would you believe it, some porn sites were flagged as ok. Apart from the content being something you wouldn't want Auntie Doris to see, visiting a porn site is a sure fire way of getting infected with something. You can check out what Susan found out at Certifiedbugs.com

3 comments:

Shane Keats said...

Hi Nellie,

This is Shane Keats from SiteAdvisor. I wanted to clarify why we give sites red ratings. We give sites red ratings if they fail one or more of our tests for spyware, spam, exploits, viruses or scams. If an adult site hosts spyware, or breaches browser security, or results in spammy e-mail in the inbox, we rate them red.

There are some terrific parental control programs out there. By contrast, SiteAdvisor is specifically focused on safety issues. We don’t rate sites for the content they offer or whether content is appropriate for minors. I'll add a note on our site making that more clear. Thanks for checking us out.

Nick said...

Thanks for commenting Shane. I would suggest making the aims of Site Advisor more clear. Many people think it is a catch all for all bad things on the Internet. I myself, don't mind that it doesn't flag sites based on morality, but based on malicious content. That's one problem I have with SiteHound. It warns about Fark.com. That's great, but there's nothing really bad about Fark.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Nellie2 said...

Ditto what Nick said, we are in different time zones, sorry I didn't reply earlier but thanks for clarifying things.

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