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Old 19. Mar 2010, 09:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gizmo's Freeware uses WOT ratings to benchmark safety but other options are available. Some are reviewed here: We also suggest using a DNS filter for added security, examples of which are discussed here:

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"Comments" are the user-contributed posts at the foot of articles on the Website.
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