This happens to me every day. I find a domain name somewhere, usually through my NSM work, and I wonder, "Is this domain known to be malicious?" Now, I don't personally know every domain on the Internet, but I've had some success using McAffee's SiteAdvisor. You feed it a domain name, and it'll tell you not only if it thinks it's suspicious, but also whether or not it offers any sort of downloads, what other sites it's most closely associated with, and what it's users have to say about it (if anything).
Pretty good stuff, but I'm so lazy. Opening a new tab and typing in the SiteAdvisor URL is just sooo hard! So I decided to add it to my list of search plugins, so I can use the integrated search bar instead. Here's how to do it.
- Find your searchplugins directory. For a typical Unix system, this is ~/.mozilla/firefox/XXXXXXXX.default/searchplugins (where the XXXXXXXX is a random string)
- Create a file in this directory called siteadvisor.xml with the contents below.
- Restart Firefox.
There you go! Three simple steps, and now "Siteadvisor" should be listed when you drop down the search menu.
<os:Description>Search McAffee Siteadvisor</os:Description>
Now, the question of the day: What other sites do you use to easily check a domain's reputation? Leave a comment and let us know!