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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:
    20120302
  • Total Downloads:
    110,185
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 01, 2012
  • Price:
    Free

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.3

    out of 6 votes

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    out of 170 votes

    • 5 star 75
    • 4 star 21
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 10
    • 1 star 53
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1 stars

"Product exploits the server"

May 31, 2012  |  By enterprisegrc

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20120302

Pros

None, none none none

Cons

Is making the efforts of conscientious reporters invalid by also allowing systematic exploits, abuse of business, religious bias causing damage to legitimate business, disrupting religious groups, distribution of propaganda, enabling private information distribution beyond the scope of agreed policy. Company tried to get rich on the cheap and did not account for the responsibility behind what they set out to do. It's like giving guns to a street gang because they offered to replace the police force for free. They even facilitate pay for protection scams. Bad companies can buy great scores. Competition, religion and political views are denied freedom of speech or the right to conduct legitimate business.

Summary

Horrible. Seek any system that is using it and uninstall. File complaints with the FTC. By the time WOT gets shut down, they will have exploited several hundred thousand small business websites and all the identities and private information will be long delivered to criminals. Any company that is posting positive scores should have their rating system investigated by FTC and SEC. CDA 230 protects an ISP for posting individual opinion, but not systematic destruction of a business competitor or for suppression of religious or political ideals. The balance of the WOT behavior proves defamation, unfair practice, discrimination. As a person who sets policy, this has to be "disallowed" in any corporate setting. If any company is able to demonstrate that the product was used to hurt the competition, the corporation will pay. As people who manage risk, we need to protect our companies from it. This product hurts small business and big business. I was fooled by it, and so are a lot of compliance professionals. Let McAfee, Qualys, generally, regulated security companies, manage the fair representation of safe vs. unsafe. This product is neither scientific or controlled and its practice is entirely wrong. The owner of the company has made a public mockery of complaints filed in the US, saying he is not bound by our laws. Well everyone who is promoting it, they might not have the same protection. I suggest CNET take this review space down. Don't get trapped by promoting a dangerous product. Just remove it from the list. I am not hiding my identity. I hope people will visit my website and see the screen shots that further explain the problem. They are posted in Facebook.

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1 stars

"WOT is a fraud, a scam."

May 28, 2012  |  By Ken_Rich

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20120302

Pros

No pros - run - it's an extortion racket. They use lies and slander to attack legitimate sites, even Ministries and orphanages.

Cons

It's a scam. They ruin reputations so that they can sell back reputations - it's extortion.

Summary

Ostensibly they seem to have a good purpose, but that's an illusion. Dig a little deeper and you will find a money making racket that maliciously damages and destroys legitimate sites and people. I complained about their lies and slander and was banned. The same story thousands have.

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5 stars

"Good as a concept"

May 15, 2012  |  By AAugustoCruz

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20120302

Pros

Practical and easy to use and understand...

Cons

People is using WOT to classify, as dangerous, all the sites that belong to Religions as Hinduism and Buddhism. Sites that do not sell a thing are said to not deliver goods and so on.

WOT is being used as a Weapon to disseminate Hate!!!

Summary

I tried to warn about this and do not succeeded. There is no answer from the developers.

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1 stars

"MyWOT is Biased. Bad sites rated good and vice versa."

May 02, 2012  |  By Felimingo

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20120302

Pros

No pros to write here.

Cons

1) Mass rating system. One platinum member can turn a website reputation down from Green to RED!. People rating websites are not customers to write reviews.

2)Some users attack businesses to sell back the Green (good) reputation to that business at a fee.

3) No customer service to complain the fraud.

4) Rude staff when you report the problems to them

5) Any one rate MyWOT on their own website scoreboard will get banned from their website and the comment will be removed. Serious ethical issue.

Summary

MyWOT is false, corrupted and fraud like. Should not be trusted.

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5 stars

"The one who smelt it dealt it..."

March 23, 2012  |  By ND925dealz

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20120302

Pros

Free to users
Multi Browser compatible
User driven reviews
Prevents malware infections before they happen
Best thing since sliced bread

Cons

None so far in 4 years of usage.

Summary

The only folks who dislike WOT are the damn marketers who use inappropriate methods and malicious content to data mine and spam you, or sell your info. WOT is the before antivirus prevention to protect users while browsing, shopping, or downloading anything online. Will continue to recommend WOT to anyone who asks my advice for safer internet browsing.

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1 stars

"Rico Racket<br /><br />WOT and FaceBook potential Rico litigation"

March 11, 2012  |  By ricoact

 |  Version: Web of Trust for Firefox 20120302

Pros

N/A There are no pros to this organization.

Cons

There is suspicion and accusation that WOT and/or its members (platinum level) offer solutions to remove bad ratings for a fee. WOT offerings to pay to play, those that publicly criticize these practices get banned and other similar activities are consider by law as extortion, bribery, racketeering, mail and wire fraud. The fact that FaceBook is in a partnership with and utilizes WOT services may also implicate FB with the same or similar charges.

These are serious charges and if proved in court could land the defendants huge rewards therefore the motivation to pursue a class action RICO case suit is there, as well as criminal charges. The SHTF is coming. And FB has real deep pockets.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

Summary

Start documenting everything, investigate, probe, build a witness list, etc. in preparation for the inevitable litigation that this potential and possible Rico organization has formed.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 20120302
Version 20120302 has fixed not updating the user interface before settings are loaded.
General
Publisher WOT Services
Publisher web site http://www.mywot.com/
Release Date March 01, 2012
Date Added March 01, 2012
Version 20120302
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Firefox 3.0 - 13.0a1, SeaMonkey 2.0b2 - 2.10a1
Download Information
File Size 537.81KB
File Name wot-latest.xpi
Popularity
Total Downloads 110,185
Downloads Last Week 46
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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