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WOT (Web of Trust) for Internet Explorer

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WOT for IE applies the Web of Trust's user-based ratings systems to Internet Explorer. When you browse to a questionable site, WOT for IE's toolbar icon changes from green to yellow to red, based on the site's reputation. That reputation is based on feedback by actual visitors and shared through the Web of Trust, a free, community-based online rating service. It does for Web sites what Angie's List does for plumbers; sort the trustworthy from the unreliable, the incompetent, and the scammers. WOT's social features let you read feedback shared by other users and contribute your own experiences. We've all blundered across Web sites that turned out to be not quite what was expected (to put it mildly), and this is one way to learn from the mistakes of others. WOT for IE is free, as is the optional WOT account: You don't need to sign up for anything to take advantage of WOT's ratings and warnings.

We installed WOT for IE and clicked to allow it in Internet Explorer. WOT's start page lets you create a new account, which is fast and unintrusive, or sign in to your existing account. WOT for IE's icon appeared in our browser's toolbar, colored green to indicate a safe, reliable site. Hovering the cursor displays the site's rating (Excellent, Fair, Poor) while clicking the icon produces a pop-up with Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy, and Child Safety ratings. We could manage the add-on's settings from IE's Tools menu or by right-clicking WOT for IE's icon as well as open our MyWOT account page and WOT's other resources. WOT for IE's options include Parental Controls and the ability to block sites that have poor reputations.

We had no trouble finding sites that tripped WOT for IE's red alert. Thanks to WOT for IE, we were able to skip those troublesome sites. If you'd like a browser-integrated way to find out about sites before you spend too much time on them or to keep the kids off the dangerous sites, this is a good tool.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ransomware"

    April 9, 2014  |   By OceanLevi

    Version: WOT (Web of Trust) for Internet Explorer 20130902

    Pros

    If you pay to have features unlocked, you get access to web sites ratings.

    Cons

    Political expression is censored
    Some news sites are censored
    It is not an antivirus and cannot replace it
    Is very difficult to fully remove
    Tracks your browsing habits 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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage in, garbage out"

    October 19, 2013  |   By cnet-rocks

    Version: WOT (Web of Trust) for Internet Explorer 20130902

    Pros

    it is free

    Cons

    unreliable

    Summary

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

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