Are you a Web of Trust user?

  • Yes, I'll continue to use the add-on

    Votes: 4 4.6%
  • Yes, however after this I've uninstalled the add-on

    Votes: 33 37.9%
  • I was not a WOT user

    Votes: 50 57.5%
  • Total voters
    87

Jack

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The popular browser extension Web of Trust is no longer available on the Firefox add-on repository or the Google Chrome Web Store.

Mozilla and Google have pulled the extension from their stores after a report aired on German national television that the company was selling the browsing history of its users.

The browser extension, designed to inform users about security or privacy issues on sites they visit, is currently not available for download.

Users who try to open the add-on site on Mozilla's Firefox add-ons site get a "we're sorry, but we can't find what you're looking for" error message currently.

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Google's Chrome Web Store merely states that "the requested URL was not found on this server".

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Information is scarce at this point as both Mozilla and Google have not openly released information about the removal.

The German newspaper FAZ managed to get a statement from Mozilla about the removal. According to the statement, Web of Trust was pulled because it violated add-on guidelines, and specifically transparency in regards to the add-on's collection of user data.

According to Web of Trust, which Faz got a statement from as well, this was caused by the company's latest privacy policy published on the company website not being made available on the Firefox add-on site.

If you check out the privacy policy on the Web of Trust website, you will notice that it collects the following information: IP address, geographic location, type of device, operating system and browser, date and time, browsing usage including visited web pages, clickstream date or web address accessed, browser identifier and user ID.

Users who have Web of Trust installed in the browser won't be affected by the pulling of the add-on.


Read more: Mozilla and Google remove WOT extension from Store - gHacks Tech News
 

Jack

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Any decent alternatives? Heard there's something called Traffic light or similar?
You are talking about the Bitdefender add-on - TrafficLight right? If yes, I've tried it, and can't say I really like it. Bitdefender'sTrafficLight is giving a green rating to questionable websites, as the plugin relies on the Bitdefender malware scanner rather than on the website reputation. So if a website doesn't contain malicious code, it will be rate as "safe''.

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What did make WOT great was the fact that you could have been warned not only when a website contained malicious code, but even the site was not trustworthy.

I'm also looking for an alternative, right now I'm trying - Avast Online Security - but it's far from being helpful... Major websites do have a rating, however smaller sites all have a grey ratting.
Like all the antivirus developer who create this type of extensions, they mainly rely on their antivirus scanners rather than the community, so the data isn't what a former WOT user would expect..

WOT was really great, don't think I will find anything that comes close to this add-on. I really hope that WOT devs will re-write the plugin from scratch and make it available again. It's strange that the WOT staff hasn't said anything about this on their blog, so my hopes could be in vain...
 
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JakeXPMan

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WOT, is a nice idea and serves a nice purpose when you're looking for info and want to avoid pages with types of malwares.

HOWEVER... it does mislead by rating a sites "content" and not the danger to your computer, like claiming a scam, when its not, or vise versa. ;)

Then there's times where people rate a site bad with no real evidence besides hating the site or product on it (At least thats what I think is the reason)
I remember WOT had it in for Wise Care 365 which is NOT malware nor is its website.
 

Vasudev

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BD Traffic Light in certain situation doesn't show Green signal. Even Webutation add-on isn't working on latest version of FF. Adguard even ships a modded version of WOT, which I believe will be targeted using remote code execution to fetch browsing habits of users and Adguard will remove WOT add-on from their codebase.
 

Spawn

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How Mozilla and Google protect their users; Guilty until proven innocent or changes are made. But when it comes to Privacy, rather safe than sorry.

Stopped using WOT many many years ago, figured "Web Advisors" were not required to safely browse the web. Personally I don't recommend anyone to use site rating add-ons, but that's my opinion and may differ from your views.

Manually check sites with URLVoid or VirusTotal, but you shouldn't need to if you visit (mostly) known sites, an up-to-date browser, don't run suspicious downloads and have real-time Antivirus protection installed.
 

Soulweave

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what about mcafee web advisor as an alternative?

McAfee WebAdvisor by Intel Security
it is decent for what it does.

However the difference between WOT and others is still the following: WOT is based on community
Aint the first time a single user creates several accounts to rate down legit sites for competition, pure fun etc.

This is the reason why I never used WOT.
 

Overkill

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You are talking about the Bitdefender add-on - TrafficLight right? If yes, I've tried it, and can't say I really like it. Bitdefender'sTrafficLight is giving a green rating to questionable websites, as the plugin relies on the Bitdefender malware scanner rather than on the website reputation. So if a website doesn't contain malicious code, it will be rate as "safe''.

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What did make WOT great was the fact that you could have been warned not only when a website contained malicious code, but even the site was not trustworthy.

I'm also looking for an alternative, right now I'm trying - Avast Online Security - but it's far from being helpful... Major websites do have a rating, however smaller sites all have a grey ratting.
Like all the antivirus developer who create this type of extensions, they mainly rely on their antivirus scanners rather than the community, so the data isn't what a former WOT user would expect..

WOT was really great, don't think I will find anything that comes closer to this add-on. I really hope that WOT devs will re-write the plugin from scratch and make it available again. It's strange that the WOT staff hasn't said anything about this on their blog, so my hopes could be in vain...
I am very angry about this situation. WOT was a one of a kind extension and I have not found anything like it other than Webutation, but it doesn't work on FF at all and I read where some think it's abandonware! I have installed Netcraft which is mainly for blocking phishing links (it did good when I tested it) and my favorite malware blocking extension Avira Browser Safety which always does an excellent job at blocking malicious sites :)
BTW, I tested Avast, Dr. Web and Panda extensions and out of those Panda did the best. I am very disappointed in Avast's extension :(
 
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