Opera Software today announced a new partnership with Haute Secure, the leader in Web-based threat protection. This partnership broadens Opera’s industry leading Fraud Protection by incorporating Haute Secure’s advanced prevention technology to shield consumers from malware, malicious software hidden throughout the Web. Available in Opera 9.5, the upcoming new version of Opera’s Web browser, Fraud Protection featuring HauteSecure technology prevents users from accidentally or unknowingly downloading rogue malware designed to steal personal data such as credit card numbers, passwords and other identity information.
Site reputation ratings and warnings of potential threats in your search results before exposure
So, are we getting yet another SV1 or 1813) ?
From O's web site :
H S combines patent-pending algorithms that predict, warn and protect users from hidden malware with a community platform that allows the user base to actively contribute reputation information about Web sites
predict ...like some ancient greek oracle ? "user base... contribute" so once they've been had they can report it. Leaves the question; including competitors ?
Once one's reputaiton is smeared (rightly or wrongly) how do they restore it?
The Haute Secure website offers an appeals process for webmasters.
The problem is knowing that they have blacklisted your site in the first place.
Haute Secure do offer a free service to webmasters (up to ten sites) under which they will email you if you are added to their blacklist, but by agreeing to the terms and conditions of the service you give them permission to scan your site in perpetuity:
You also understand and agree that Haute Secure may scan and index the Site(s) after termination of this Agreement.
I just tested the IE version of the software against one of my sites, which passed as clean:
We haven't detected anything abnormal or dangerous on this site last time we checked it, on 4.19.2008
So their security checking was 50 days out of date and apparently useless.