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WOT (Web of Trust) for Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 13 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.6.0
  • Total Downloads:
    16,348
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 09, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    44
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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As wonderful as the Internet is, it has its seedy underbelly, too: Web sites that will rip you off, spam your e-mail account, infect your computer with malware, steal your identity, expose your kids to inappropriate content, and all kinds of other bad stuff. Wouldn't it be great if you could somehow know about other people's experiences with particular Web sites? That's the idea behind WOT, or Web of Trust, an online community that lets people share their Web experiences via extensions for a variety of different browsers. We tested the Chrome version of the extension and it did not disappoint.

Using WOT is incredibly easy. Like other Chrome extensions, it appears as a small icon to the right of Chrome's address bar. The icon changes color depending on the quality of each particular Web site you visit, based on other users' ratings. A dark green icon means you're in the clear, while a red one is cause for serious concern; orange, yellow, and light green cover the areas in between. Sites are rated on four metrics: Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy, and Child Safety. Clicking on the icon lets you view a site's rating in each of these categories and enter ratings of your own. WOT doesn't require registration, but if you choose to register you can take advantage of additional features, such as the capability to create a profile and write comments on sites' scorecards. We surfed around to several popular Web sites as well as a few shadier ones with WOT enabled, and its ratings seemed reliable to us. One particularly bad site really set off WOT's alarms, and it displayed a warning message that we had to click through in order to access the site. We especially liked that the WOT icon appears next to site names in search engine results, letting you know whether or not a site is safe before you click on it. The extension is supported by plenty of online documentation and there are lots of options for customizing WOT's behavior. Overall we were quite impressed with WOT and we think it's a great collaborative way to help ensure Internet safety.

WOT installs and uninstalls without issues. We highly recommend this extension to all users.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"My thoughts are mixed on this"

July 10, 2014  |  By jenjennys

 |  Version: WOT (Web of Trust) for Google Chrome 1.4.13

Pros

Used to be relevant and nicely integrated into chrome.

Cons

As another reviewer said, results are pretty much random now. Sometimes it's entirely wrong.

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1 stars

"Ransomware, malware"

April 09, 2014  |  By OceanLevi

 |  Version: WOT (Web of Trust) for Google Chrome 1.4.13

Pros

Some web site ratings are available for a yearly fee.

Cons

News and politics are censored
WoT is *NOT* an antivirus and cannot replace it
Quality of ratings varies
Tracks what you do online and phones home

Summary

Web of Trust has turned into something called "Ransom-ware". This means that you will no longer be able to access ratings unless you pay a yearly fee! This is exactly what the WoT community frowns upon as it is considered malware.

Be very aware of the nature of this software before you go ahead an install this malware.

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1 stars

"Garbage in, garbage out"

October 19, 2013  |  By cnet-rocks

 |  Version: WOT (Web of Trust) for Google Chrome 1.4.13

Pros

it is free

Cons

unreliable

Summary

Sloppy, superficial reviews of web sites. Not useful, often entirely wrong.

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1 stars

"Spyware for Chrome"

May 01, 2013  |  By ChdeLang

 |  Version: WOT (Web of Trust) for Google Chrome 1.4.11

Pros

View the opinion of domains

Cons

Spyware
Thought police
Political censorship
Organization known for blackmail

Summary

The basic idea being the WOT toolbar is a noble one.. but move on a few years and you have a very corrupt organization which has been involved in a few scandals. Unfortunately, they have all been censored from their user forums. Nothing critical of MYWOT or its platinum members may be discussed there.

What's most worrying about Web of Trust is the fact that every single site you visit and every task you perform on your browser is being reported back to their servers, which anybody with some know-how can verify.

The censorship of political thoughts is the most worrying thing about this product.. and if one senior member rates something "in the red", then the pack of hyenas comes in to support him/her with their mass rating tools.

By the way, their platinum members share lists of sites they don't agree with so they may use the "Mass Rating Tool" as a group.

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4 stars

"Decent Chrome extension for web browsing safety"

April 24, 2013  |  By javelinadream

 |  Version: WOT (Web of Trust) for Google Chrome 1.4.11

Pros

Fast, lightweight extension in Chrome browser. Good for a quick check when navigating to a new website that I've never visited. Best feature: Displays safety indicator for short URLs! If it shows red, I don't click on a bitly or owly or other short link.

Cons

Some sites are rated poorly i.e. false positives, due to perceived objectionable political or religious content. Unfortunately, some other political or religious oriented websites are rated well, depending on subjectivity of WOT rating community.

Also, there are websites that have pornographic content, but are not scams, nor have malware. It would be good to rate those sites highly, and the unsafe pornography websites poorly. It is a fact that internet users view pornography. It should be rated poorly for child safety, but not necessarily bad for vendor reliability, or privacy.

Summary

WOT is reliable about flagging websites associated with browser exploits, spam, or blacklisted by major anti-virus and security vendors. My overall experience with WOT has been positive, as a consumer, and occasional social media user.

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1 stars

"Can't trust ratings"

April 03, 2013  |  By cwatson69

 |  Version: WOT (Web of Trust) for Google Chrome 1.4.11

Pros

None that I can find any more.

Cons

I had used this for a long while but have found that you can't trust their ratings any better than not having it at all. You think risky sites are ones with porn or spam - but it also includes sites that they don't like their political views. I've uninstalled this on all my browsers.

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1 stars

"Fails to install"

January 13, 2013  |  By Koos_Karoo

 |  Version: WOT (Web of Trust) for Google 1.4.6

Pros

None, since I could not install WOT after six attempts.

Cons

When trying to install, get the error message "Download was not a CRX" repeatedly

Summary

Rectify the download and install process.

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4 stars

"Works Great"

July 05, 2011  |  By chewchewhairy

 |  Version: WOT 1.2

Pros

slows my computer down when i'm playing games i just disable it when i'm playing games

Cons

works great when Goggling stuff

Summary

works with internet explorer 7,8,9 Mozilla firefox google chrome

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5 stars

"Excellent product"

May 15, 2011  |  By Farmgal01

 |  Version: WOT 1.1

Pros

Feel safer surfing

Cons

Wonderful download

Summary

So glad I have it on my system

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5 stars

"PREVENTION FIRST"

March 05, 2011  |  By Dustyn

 |  Version: WOT 1.0.4

Pros

Effectively blacklists known bad sites and notifies/prevents you from visiting rogue sites that are unsafe. Works great with Opera 11.01

Cons

None at this time.

Summary

Another layer of protection for free!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.6.0
Hindi Support and Bug fixes.
General
Publisher WOT Services
Publisher web site http://www.mywot.com/
Release Date June 26, 2013
Date Added July 09, 2015
Version 2.6.0
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Chrome Extensions
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 16,348
Downloads Last Week 44
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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