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Web of Trust for Firefox

CNET Editors' review

Web of Trust (WOT) for Firefox provides users with a simple meter for gauging a Web site's danger level. With easy to read warnings, this program only leaves one thing to chance with your safety.

The program does not have anything to offer on your computer's desktop because it embeds itself into your Firefox browser for quick access. Depending on the Web site you visit, the program's icon turns red, yellow, or green to illustrate the danger level. Clicking on the icon displays a chart showcasing Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy, and Child Safety. The warnings are intuitive and should not require a trip to the Help file to understand. The program functioned well for our tests, glowing green for popular news sites and red for less reliable pages. Our only complaint is that users must dig into the settings menu to have WOT stop a dangerous site from opening on your computer. So until that time, concerned users may be exposed to potentially harmful sites. However, once this is activated, the program does a great job of warning you and providing the option to continue or stop. WOT also provides interesting features that allow worldwide users to rate Web sites for danger, thus creating an online community of like-minded people.

With a simple interface, easy-to-understand functions, and interesting features, we found this freeware to be a helpful download for users looking to increase their online security.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 169 votes

    • 5 star: 75
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 52
  • Current version:

    3.2 stars

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Lord Of The Flies"

    September 20, 2010  |   By Poruchan

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    Good intentions, but we know were those lead.

    Cons

    Once your site is maligned, you need to go to these 'kids' and politely ask to be forgiven. And then wait. If you don't do that right ... woe to you.

    Summary

    Anarchy. I don't want these juveniles guarding the web. It's a mystery that Firefox supports WOT.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's useful but it has problems"

    June 8, 2010  |   By hammers1986

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    The pro is obvious and that is to help you to see which site to avoid in terms of possible malware infections.

    Cons

    The con is that a lot of yellow and red sites aren't dangerous in terms of getting potential malware infections. Where and what we want to navigate is being dictated to by the WOT snobs, in other words, we're being dictated to how they see fit.

    Summary

    I do have some issues with WOT, especially, the top-posters or "platinum". They behave like judge, jury and executioner and can be rude and condescending. I do some of the comments made by them in the WOT forum, and boy do they think way too highly of themselves.

    If there was another program that does a better job than WOT, I'd ditch WOT. In fact, I would ditch them anyway. RED rating for adult content in porn sites? That is stupid. Who gives them that? The prudes who thinks we shouldn't view them? I decide whether I want to see it, not you.

    Updated on Jun 8, 2010

    I forgot to mention as well. You must noticed when checking a RED rating site, you see different categories being given to a particular site ranging from 'Phishing or other scams', 'Spyware or adware', 'Bad customer experience', 'Spam', 'Malicious content, viruses', 'Browser exploit', 'Other' and 'Useless'.

    So which the hell is it, are some from trolls, or do they really represent all that, or are they attacks from rival competitors? Looking back at my stars rating, I should have put 2 or 1 stars now - I think 3 is too generous now.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Sites can be blacklisted by anyone, even axe murderers."

    May 4, 2010  |   By cmsesan1

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    If you want others to dictate what you are allowed to look at on the Internet, then install this.

    Cons

    Sites can be blacklisted by competing companies so the entire thing is completely flawed. In using this you agreeing to only see sites that certain people want you to see.

    Summary

    It should be banned. Trust can be bought so what more can I say.
    mywot.com/en/ctn

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Its not so great ... 3.25 stars"

    April 25, 2010  |   By Angmarr

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    WARNS OF MALICIOUS SITES based on user opinion

    Cons

    warns of malicious sites BASED ON USER OPINION

    Summary

    TOOO MANY false negatives ...
    Just get AVAST... it has a built in browser scan when you visit a site.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Take it with a grain of salt"

    April 19, 2010  |   By gargamel360

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    Simple, effective, free, flags things that Mcafee Site Advisor does not ( Google images, for example)

    Cons

    Its open for abuse by its users.

    Summary

    Unless you reeeeaaallly hate hesitating before clicking, I'd get this, but DON"T run in terror from a red/yellow flag, this is a user-based system, meaning people can rate a safe site bad for personal reasons. Read the site address first, if it looks safe, read the detailed review, and lastly the profile of the person who wrote said review. WOT rates their members as well as web sites. If WOT membership continues to expand ( huge increase over last year) this problem will be more watered down, as individual reviews won't mean as much.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Here's to all the people complaining about this addon."

    April 16, 2010  |   By kielimed

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    Safest browsing tool. *Claims* to have good anti-abuse features, which many do not even care to know about.

    Cons

    It can be abused especially for unpopular sites. More popular sites get to have more credible ratings be those ratings good or bad. I believe the system should be improved by not releasing the ratings until enough is accumulated.

    Summary

    A lot of people are saying a lot of criticisms about this addon. But I say, what is the alternative addon/ security system? McAfee? Come on! Firewall? Oh Please! And of course there are going to be misratings, just like there are going to be misratings in every judicial system in the world! And a lot of innocent people are put to jail. But tell us please of a better alternative. It's not perfect, but I still bet it saved me from viruses and scams a lot that no other extension could have, however high the opportunity cost of the "good sites that are misrated" might be. It is a price that must be paid, at least for now. That's why I give it 5 stars. It is the best of its kind despite its limitations.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wot you see is not what you get!"

    April 15, 2010  |   By Robbie Broatch

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    Could be a good protection if ratings were controlled

    Cons

    rating and comments totally uncontrolled and no accountability

    Summary

    I have used WOT for a few months and have come to realize it is not the safe environment it is advertised to be.
    First of the ratings they are uncontrolled and many have hidden motive for their posting.
    A group of kids, criminals or someone who doesn?t like can literally derail your online endeavours.
    The bottom line is that the WOT network rating system is uncontrolled, non accountable and is based generally on feelings, malice, assumption ,accusations with very little if any facts and as result the results and ratings received are flawed and could be damaging to the reputation of innocent sites ,individuals and are very misleading.
    Some of their higher profile members (some of have posting 50,000 or more ratings) feel that a simple sign up form for a newsletter or a free letter constitutes being labeled as a criminal and rate those sites in the same category as " Identity Theft and Credit card Fraud. ----
    In fact I was labelled a indentity theif and credit card fraud for a free giveaway I have here on CNET.
    And these members compete for Scambuster of the Year Awards . So they are motivated to rate your site as "bad" to propel them to the number 1 position and win the award.
    These elite members (some of have posted 50,000 or more ratings) have a vigilantie to small online business and label anyone with a signup form to a email list very unfavourable . They deem it as identity theft.
    It is not the safe environment as the criminals have figured this system and have grouped to label good sites bad and in turn ratings their bad sites good.
    The founders of the company Timo Ala-Kleemola and Sami Tolvanen had a very good idea with WOT and are intended to Internet protect users from sites with bad reputations by giving a warning In this way a lot of harm and trouble is spared to the internet users.
    The software developers have probably not thought about the fact that such a program is a ?welcome gift? to the cheaters, frauds and other criminal gangs and groups. It has allowed these groups to defame reputable sites and in turn increase the rating on their dangerous sites leading the internet user into a trap that he thinks he is safe from.
    In October Consumer or European consumption Protection Association was blocked by fraudsters and has raised a great concern of this platform.
    This is the link to the article about those concerns google needs to translate http://wot-against-intuition-inc-abgemahnt.verbraucherschutz-internet-verein.eu
    So if you are in business online or are believing this is a safe haven for internet browsing you are in danger and you should be as cautious with this plug-in as you are without this platform.
    And since the ratings are flawed why put up with the annoying pop ups from their platform.
    The WOT system is broken and flawed and needs repair and useless in its current form.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent!"

    April 15, 2010  |   By Pinkwing

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    The ratings are provided by real internet users, so you get an accurate picture of how trustworthy a website is.

    Cons

    With tongue firmly in cheek, I'd like to say I don't like that it's an add-on, and not included in Firefox as standard.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Completely unreliable; filled with misinformation."

    April 10, 2010  |   By the-Caveman

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    Hard to like a Web site that bills itself as a trusted resource for information on other sites, yet freely and knowingly allows false and harmful posts to remain up throughout the site. Does more harm than good.

    Cons

    Nothing wrong with users posting truthful information about bad experiences. But WOT users (and abusers) often post false information that might be accepted as truth by unknowing consumers.

    Summary

    Users falsely accuse high quality, trustable sites of phishing, spyware, etc. To cite just 3 examples:

    1) Google is accused of promoting spyware or adware by 57 WOT users. This is not going to seriously hurt Google, but c'mon.

    2) Apple.com receives high ratings, but numerous comments about involvement with phishing scams, spyware, etc. Like Google, this probably won't hurt Apple much.

    3) High quality but lesser known sites like Support.com are accused of phishing or promoting scams. Support.com is a reputable public company, with partnerships including Office Depot and AVG (anti virus company).

    For every Google, Apple, or even Support.com, there are thousands of mid-sized and smaller sites that are also falsely accused of malicious activity. As others have noted, the fewer reviews a small site has, the more potentially damning a few false accusations might be. And WOT provides little of any way of effectively correcting such false accusations.

    cnet wake up: You should be ashamed of yourselves for such sloppy investigation and such a grossly inaccurate characterization of such a poorly managed site. Just because something seems like a good idea on the surface doesn't make it a useful and effective tool in reality. Ironically, WOT appears to be a site that is itself susceptible to spammers and malicious posters.

    WITING a glowingly positive review of WOT is just plain WONG.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Valuable Add On"

    March 31, 2010  |   By phoghat

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20091028

    Pros

    Valuable because it gives an idea how trustworthy a site is before you get yourself into trouble with add ware hijacking etc.

    Cons

    Basically nothing. Since it's based on peer review you can overide it and go to the site anyway or find out why itr was given a poor rating

    Summary

    It's easy to use and transparent. Requires no care.

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