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Web of Trust for Firefox

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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:

    2.9 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Web of Mistrust"

    March 14, 2011  |   By oskargreen

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20100908

    Pros

    Letting users rate websites for safety and trust sounds like a good idea.

    Cons

    False reviews are common. The developers sell "trust seals" to those who fear negative ratings. They reward users who give the most negative reviews to 1000s of sites. Those who criticize often find themselves with negative ratings.

    Summary

    Don't trust it.

    Updated on Mar 14, 2011

    You are so right. At first I thought WOT was a good idea. But a close look reveals that it is filled with abuse. WOT ratings are mostly meaningless and yet they scare people away from thousands of websites.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's good enough"

    February 19, 2011  |   By publius2

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20100908

    Pros

    Fairly consistent in rating websites.

    Cons

    For the most part it is accurate but some sites are abused by this rating system within the community. See summary below for another similar addon for firefox.

    Summary

    This a good start to use for identifying safe sites from trustworthiness, privacy, vendor download sites and if sites are appropriate for children. But to use one tool to "judge" the information age can lead to abuse.

    Another good firefox add-on that can be found from firefox's website is Webutation (which came out a few months ago). Works similarly as WOT and one can see the ratings differ between these two towards the same site. With these two combined it lessens abuse towards a site that may be good. (Look at how these two tools rate the other's site.)

    I definitely suggest one to have WOT but also use it in combination of other Internet site rating tools to achieve a more fair accurate measurement of the Internet.

    The future would benefit with more than just these two current rating tools to curb further abuse towards good sites.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not bad but not essential to have"

    February 8, 2011  |   By hammers1986

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20100908

    Pros

    Integrate well with your browsers and a handy tool for an average or newbie surfing the net

    Cons

    Imagine being in a flock of sheep and WOT is a collie, now you get the idea.

    Summary

    If you want to join the WOT community, be prepared to be treated quite badly because the WOT community is based on meritocracy. The gold and platinum members are very cliquey therefore it can be very off-putting to a newcomer. Also using WOT can channel users into staying on the path and many legitimate and safe websites can be missed along the way.

    I ditched WOT for about 6 months now and I'm beginning to doubt this is the direction we want to take. Ladening the websites with traffic light colours will not separate the bad and the good that easily and clearly, legitimate sites get hacked too, for instance last year Kaspersky's US download site was hijacked for 3 hours by cybercriminals and an unknown number of people got stung with Security Tool, a rogue software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "How WOT is abused by some"

    January 18, 2011  |   By Nofuntoday

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20100908

    Pros

    WOT not is, therefore, trusted until this is rectified.

    Cons

    The rating is unbalanced.

    Summary

    WOT is since some time also being abused! It is made to "warn" about websites only because they contain information some lobbyists think that you shouldn't have access to, such as certain forms of alternative medicine. This is a sinister attempt to infringe with freedom of information and your freedom of choice! The warning makes most Internet surfers believe that there would be a danger involved, but in such cases there is no danger at all. So if you use WOT and unexpectedly get such a warning: do check the reason for the warning. If the reason is only concerned with the contents, you can safely click on.

    I don't think that this is so by intention of those who develop and run WOT, but of certain users who casts their negative votes according to their prejudices and/or orders from somewhere... Those who are interested in the information a website offers will only rarely cast positive votes in WOT, and that for three reasons:
    ? Either they don't see a warning (since it isn't there, yet), or
    ? if they see a warning and do enter, most visitors will not think of voting, or
    ? they let themselves be scared off so that they never know what the website informs about.
    This leads to a serious unbalance in the ratings of many websites that actually are SAFE!

    I suggest to rather use other programs like Calling ID or McAfee Site Advisor. See also http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-internet-safety-check.htm for advice, but do read the comments from readers!

    If you use one of the two I mentioned (or even both, or another) in parallel with WOT, you will soon discover that WOT alarms about certain websites that the other programs declare to be safe.

    That is why I don't trust WOT anymore ...

    Updated on Jan 18, 2011

    WOT is also abused! It is made to "warn" about information some lobbyists think that you shouldn't have access to. This is a sinister attempt to infringe with freedom of information and your freedom of choice!

    I don't think that this is so by intention of those who run WOT, but of certain users who casts negative votes according to prejudice and/or orders from somewhere... Others will rarely cast positive votes, for three reasons:
    ? Either they don't see a warning (since it isn't there, yet), or
    ? if they see a warning and do enter, most visitors will not think of voting, or
    ? they let themselves be scared off so that they never know what the website informs about.
    This leads to a serious unbalance in the ratings of many websites that actually are SAFE!

    Run, e.g, Calling ID or McAfee Site Advisor in parallel and you will soon see that WOT alarms about websites that the other programs declare to be safe.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Do not want to be with out Web Of Trust on my browser."

    January 13, 2011  |   By Ugidahli

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20100908

    Pros

    works all the time on the net. Just look at the color of the circle to tell if it is a good site or not. MOST times I go with what it says.

    Cons

    It IS wonderful.

    Summary

    I tell all to down load it at CNet..........scary on the net with out Web Of Trust.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great and is easy to use/"

    November 30, 2010  |   By kyleh103

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20100908

    Pros

    I like knowing whether a website is safe BEFORE I go to the page. Easy to understand ratings; I love that links embedded in emails are even rated. I like that I can paste a URL into their mywot page to check a site's reputation.

    Cons

    Still a lot of websites that they have no experience with. Hopefully this will diminish in time.

    Summary

    Seems to work as well as McAfee Site Advisor Plus and its free.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Censorship, not safe surfing"

    November 20, 2010  |   By keavyscorner

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20100908

    Pros

    I believe this was created with the best of intentions.

    Cons

    A handful of people control the forum, conduct witch hunts, and sensor info they don;t think you should see. They will rate a safe site as malicious, based on content alone, and their personal opinion of it's merits.

    Summary

    The web of Trust is simply a way for a few people to decide what info and content they feel you should see. Many sites have been listed as having viruses that don't, simply for content. Not adult content, just info, for instance, many alt health sites have been incorrectly listed over content, because a few people disagree.

    Lisis of sites are posted on their forum and arbitrarily rated by dozens of people in a matter of minutes, without actually testing the site.
    Say no to censorship of information, say no to WOT.

    Use Norton or McCaffe, they will tell you if a site is safe, without censoring content.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I feel confident searching new, different sites."

    September 12, 2010  |   By the1capt

    Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20100908

    Pros

    I see marks/ tags to web sites and know I can enter confidently.

    Cons

    I have dail-up and it may take a few moments to acknowledge a web site is safe.

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