I like Webutation as an alternative. WOT annoyed me when I had it in my extension collection because it would block me from some perfectly legitimate websites. I don't deny it had any usefulness, but I came to regard WOT as a gossip site. Some of the criticism on it was just ignorant stuff from people who don't understand how the Internet functions. What really burns me is that many people used WOT for character assassination of entities with which they had political disagreements. In other words, it was a vehicle for serious attempts at censorship of opposing views. A website like it in my view should harshly punish rather than tolerate people who attempt to abuse it in this highly malignant fashion. So I celebrate the downfall of WOT.Any decent alternatives? Heard there's something called Traffic light or similar?
I am sure the Webutation web page will work on Firefox. I can't vouch for the extension. I have used Webutation in recent weeks, and it didn't seem like abandonware.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!
Thanks for the information.
Thank you for the clarification James, it's much appreciated.
Source: To the WOT community | Forum | WOT (Web of Trust)MyWOT Team said:Dear users,
Thank you for your patience. We apologize for our delayed public reply and any anxiety this incident has caused. It has taken us some time to understand what has happened and how best to ensure we protect our users.
We take our obligations to you very seriously. While we deployed great effort to remove any data that could be used to identify individual users, it appears that in some cases such identification remained possible, albeit for what may be a very small number of WOT users.
Of course, if the data allows the identification of even a small number of WOT users, we consider that unacceptable, and will be taking immediate measures to address this matter urgently as part of a full security assessment and review.
Additionally, after Mozilla notified us that they were removing the WOT add-on from their store (pending responses to a set of questions / proposed changes they sent to us), we voluntarily removed the WOT add-on from all other platforms, including the Chrome store, in order to resolve this matter properly and comprehensively.
To that end, we are taking the following steps:
We will spend the coming weeks making the changes to WOT which will ensure we are back on the right track. You, our community of users are the real power behind WOT and we will continue serving you as such.
- For the user browsing data used to enable WOT’s website reputation service, we intend to provide users the ability to opt-out from having such data saved in our database or shared. This opt-out will be available from the settings menu, as we want to provide each user with a clear choice at all times.
- For people who agree to let us use their browsing data in order to support WOT, we will implement a complete overhaul of our data ‘cleaning’ process, to optimize our data anonymization and aggregation objectives to minimize any risk of exposure for our users.
The problem I have with their reply is that they talk about how they 'deployed great effort to remove any data that could be used to identify individual users' but they failed to do this properly, and what has happened should have never happened in the first place. If they did it properly this problem wouldn't have happened.
I think you got it wrong.Sorry that I am confused when nobody else seems to be but I thought this was why we used Malwarebytes? I thought that was what it does, warns me of unsafe websites. Why are people looking for an alternative to WOT on THIS forum? There must be something obvious I am clueless about. An answer would be appreciated thanks.
What do you mean?Sorry that I am confused when nobody else seems to be but I thought this was why we used Malwarebytes? I thought that was what it does, warns me of unsafe websites. Why are people looking for an alternative to WOT on THIS forum? There must be something obvious I am clueless about. An answer would be appreciated thanks.
This. Not enough, too late. What they wrote after an eternity is one thing, what really happened at WoT HQ is another:The problem I have with their reply is that they talk about how they 'deployed great effort to remove any data that could be used to identify individual users' but they failed to do this properly, and what has happened should have never happened in the first place. If they did it properly this problem wouldn't have happened.
If they thought for one second that what they were doing was incorrect and could end up causing problems like what has happened then they should have never started selling data in the first place, and if they knew what they were doing with removing identifiable data and carried out their plans properly, then this would have never happened.
Nopes, not in the least. Hence they can optimize the hell out of their sweet algorithms for whatever it's worth, I won't be a part of it. Hope some extended unemployment will assist them in setting up a proper business next time around.Out of interest, did WOT ever actually specify to users that they were selling the browsing history in the first place (identifiable or not)?
In my books this is a big no and that tells me everything I need to know about them... It's one thing to collect data and sell it on to make profit even with permission, but it's another to do it behind the backs of your customers (whether it's legal or not doesn't come into question, it's about being ethical and loyal to your fan-base) and mess it up so they can be personally identified.Nopes, not in the least.