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Web of Trust for Firefox

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 170 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    20111107
  • Total Downloads:
    110,185
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 07, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Firefox extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Firefox browser.

Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

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    3.3

    out of 170 votes

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    • 4 star 21
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1 stars

"WOT: Web Of Thugs. Horrible!"

February 19, 2012  |  By ObamaLied

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20111107

Pros

nothing. I honestly cannot think of one single thing good about this scam.

Cons

Post a negative review of WOT and they will take you out. Google "WOT Review" and note that all the bad reviews get negative WOT ratings. Wow! Talk about silencing free speech.

This is a site that uses bully tactics to force other sites to comply. As a webmaster of my own site, I now have to "tiptoe" around the WOT community in fear that they will strike my site down. The sooner WOT is discredited, the better for all of us. Corrupt, despicable, and deplorable.

Summary

the existence of WOT makes it harder to run a website because now we have to appease the WOT horde of cyber-bullies.

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1 stars

"UNtrustworthy and biased"

February 14, 2012  |  By s517

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20111107

Pros

I don't think there is a single "pro". myWOT is good in theory, but executed poorly.

Cons

User based ratings by people that do not visit the site.
Forums created with lists of sites to rate poorly as a community.
Mass Rating Tool allows platinum users to rate 100 sites at a time, with the same rating, and with the same comment sites that they have never looked at or have knowledge of.
If your site ends up with a poor rating myWOT tells you to vote for it yourself, create a forum post asking for ratings, and to purchase their badge of trust. This info can be found in their FAQ, however, when myWOT is confronted saying that sounds like extortion, they state that the badge cannot be purchased until a site already has a green rating. They then will state that you need to raise the score on your own first. So then it sounds like ratings can be manipulated, but myWOT will assure you that ratings cannot be manipulated. Extremely confusing circle they present to site owners.

Summary

Because of the evidence of forums where the most active users post lists of sites to rate poorly and the fact that myWOT states on the FAQ page regarding raising a low score, that one of the solutions is to purchase their badge, it raises two questions. Can myWOT be trusted with millions of users rating sites they don't trust? And are they being paid to rate the sites poorly since myWOT sells the "badges" to site owners as "Mafia/Mob protection" to keep a site rating green?

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2 stars

"Can be unreliable, based on user selected model."

February 14, 2012  |  By mojocracker

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20111107

Pros

This is a quick and easy add on to see which sites have been rated as nefarious by other users of the WOT tool.

Cons

Because WOT is a user selected model, many folks who have a political ax to grind against a company will rate the web site as nefarious simply because they have political disagreements with the activities of the site-owning entity.

Summary

Because this tool is essentially driven by mod rule rather than a scientific appraisal of the tangible (virus, trojan, spam, etc.) risks of visiting a site, I will shop elsewhere.

Uninstall.

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5 stars

"Keeps Browsing safe"

February 08, 2012  |  By kathyrogers11

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20111107

Pros

Easy as pie

Cons

None at all

Summary

Keeps my Browsing safe

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1 stars

"WOT is not safe"

December 05, 2011  |  By aplatac2

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20111107

Pros

Great concept.

Cons

Vulnerable to manipulation by hacks to denigrate sites they disagree with.

Summary

Sites with no commercial intention, malware and virus free, get trashed. Controversial opinions regarding social, environmental, medical and other issues get targeted and degraded unfairly.

When you think about, WOT, in its current form, is a dangerous threat to a free Internet. By giving it such a high rating, the editors of cNet have lost credibility.

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1 stars

"Web of Trust is a scam, blackmail operation. Extortion."

November 23, 2011  |  By Cowicide

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20111107

Pros

Web of Trust is being sued.

Cons

Pay or have your website marked as "dangerous" and lose Facebook visitors. Web of Trust practices extortion and large scale astroturf campaigns to protect themselves from scrutiny. Many results on Google for their lawsuit goes to their public relations drivel.

Rates many safe websites poorly without giving any clear recourse or explanation to website owners on their so-called "Reputation Scorecard" page. WoT profits from website owners spending money in an attempt to make websites more accessible again from Facebook after WoT defames them. This is extortion and Facebook is playing right into it to keep their users within their walled garden instead of following safe links to outside websites.

Summary

The forums are extremely hostile to those who question WoT. For example, the companies suing WoT are referred to as "idiots", etc. - And many of the ratings are due to agendas and WOT does nothing to circumvent that. To give you an idea of the inanity, there's people with mottos such as "Truth is my b*tch" attacking websites they "don't like" instead of searching for malware or any other valid issue.

For example, the riaa.org website as of 11-23-2011 is rated in such a way that many will consider the website to have issues with malware. WoT has labeled it a dangerous website with "Warning! This site has a poor reputation."
http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/riaa.org

This is because the community has said they don't like the RIAA. Instead of rating the website on its true safety, they rate the organization based on opinion. I mean, I'm no fan of the RIAA, but I wouldn't LIE and give the false impression that their website is dangerous, etc.

WoT should warn people of malware, porn and scams on websites, but instead they would rather have honest people give them money to stop their fraudulent extortions. WOT is the scam to watch out for. Web of Trust is a scam. It's a Web of Lies.

Updated on Nov 23, 2011

Another case and point, beware if you or any website you ever affiliate with say anything critical of Web of Trust. This site, mywotscam.com, is being slandered against because they are pointing out flaws with WoT (mywot.com). I'm seeing people at WoT saying mywotscam.com harbors malware, which is a libelous lie. I looked up mywotscam.com with security websites and it scanned 100% clean and safe.

This is the kind of bullying tactics you can expect from these hive mind cretins at WoT.


http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/mywotscam.com

Updated on Nov 23, 2011

Last but not least, check out this. This is just one case of many similar accounts I've found.
I've edited for brevity but you can read the rest here:
http://complaintwire.org/Complaint.aspx/tqaGZ0CgeAByhQjOPaHCqQ

" .... What happens is someone can login to the WOT account, and rate a site as phishy or unsecure for absolutely no reason at all. When this happens, anytime a customer goes to your website, a large popup will occur stating this is an unsafe site, and you should not proceed. This is ridiculous since WOT does not have any means of checking to see if this information is infact accurate.

They just go off of that single rating input by a random person. Now, the only way to have this popup removed is to either buy their "Web of Trust Seal" which costs $451/year, or have tons of people sign up for an account in their system, which in turn will bring the company more revenue as well. ... "

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 20111107
Version 20111107 fixes potential issues with the warning screen and the settings page.
General
Publisher WOT Services
Publisher web site http://www.mywot.com/
Release Date November 07, 2011
Date Added November 07, 2011
Version 20111107
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Mozilla Firefox 3.0
Download Information
File Size 537.81KB
File Name wot-latest.xpi
Popularity
Total Downloads 110,185
Downloads Last Week 46
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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