Trust

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Trust is a product of the strength of associations between two entities (i.e. individuals) and the perceived and real reliability weights (in each direction). One other similar and common definition is: "Trust is the product of the accuracy of a particular message, and the reliability of its source."

In plain English, trust means that one person believes a person is reliable for something (for example, completing a task, delivering a product, showing up on time, good opinions, belief to have similar preferences, knowledge of a topic, ability to teach/share that knowledge, etc...).


Specifications


Reliability

Reliability of the source is critical in generating a Trust Hierarchy, and thusly could affect the overall trust value of an entity heavily. Reliability comes from analysis of the history of a given individual or group, and making an objective evaluation of that individual or group's performance.


Association

Also known as the "Degree of Closeness", the Association factor is perhaps most important in determining an agreed level of trust between two or more parties.



Providers

eTrust


VeriSign


WOT

WOT





Tools


Resources


External Links

References


See Also

Identification | Cryptography | Security | Privacy