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Can we trust the Web of Trust (WOT)?


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#1 saluqi

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 07:53 PM

I've been a longtime user of the WOT and was dismayed to see just now at the head of the BC site an article indicating that German broadcaster NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk so far as I know) had caught them selling imperfectly anonymized user information.  Question arising: do i need to remove or disable WOT, or has Google already done that for me?  Or put another way, is this something to worry about?

 

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 09:38 PM

It's up to you whether or not you uninstall it, it would not be removed/disabled automatically from your system. You can be aware that

  •     Your Internet Protocol Address;
  •     Your geographic location (e.g., France, Canada, etc.);
  •     The type of device, operating system and browsers you use;
  •     Date and time stamp;
  •     Browsing usage, including visited web pages, clickstream data or web address accessed;
  •     Browser identifier and user ID;

may have been sold, and so may any of these in the future. This could be valuable information for targeting attacks against your machine, but there's nothing you can do about that now apart from uninstall the plug in.

 

Personally I never liked the plug in as it was reputation based blocking rather than fact based. Though others seemed to consider it valuable.

 

You may consider installing things like AdBlockPlus, NoScript, Ghostery, Disconnect and Privacy Badger to increase your browser security rather.



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Posted 08 November 2016 - 03:18 AM

I've been a longtime user of the WOT and was dismayed to see just now at the head of the BC site an article indicating that German broadcaster NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk so far as I know) had caught them selling imperfectly anonymized user information.  Question arising: do i need to remove or disable WOT, or has Google already done that for me?  Or put another way, is this something to worry about?

 

Thanks as always for enlightenment

 

WoT removed itself from Chrome/FF store. i necer liked it , and  im glad it is removed; the mechanic of WoT allow way too much biases.

 

 

You may consider installing things like AdBlockPlus, NoScript, Ghostery, Disconnect and Privacy Badger to increase your browser security rather.

 

The two i bolded are shady now



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Posted 08 November 2016 - 08:39 PM

Many site rating vendors (i.e. McAfee WebAdvisor (formerly SiteAdvisor), WOT, Google's Safe Browsing, Symantec WS.Reputation.1, Webutation, avast! Online Security Plugin (formerly WebRep), etc) use a system of volunteer testers that continually patrol the Internet to browse sites, download files, and submit information. All the results are documented and supplemented with feedback from users, Web site owners, and analysis from their own employees. The advising site vendor then summarizes the results typically into into a color-coded red, yellow and green ratings scale to help inform Web users as to the safety of each tested site. While these tools are useful, they are not foolproof and sometimes may provide misleading ratings. Just because you visit a risky site, that does not automatically mean the site is bad or that your system has been infected by going there. In contrast, going to a safe site could even prompt a warning. There are legitimate programs available on web sites which are falsely detected by various anti-virus programs from time to time. This sometimes results in an inaccurate site rating/warning of potentially dangerous software when that is not the case. The use of such rating sites does not always guarantee an accurate rating of the results they provide.
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Posted 09 November 2016 - 09:58 AM

It seems that the WOT did not survive the transition to Windows 10 on either of my home computers.  The Avast! plugin appears on the laptop but not on the desktop (don't know why, yet - both machines have Avast Premier installed).

 

I have never regarded such things as more than a suggestion.  I'm inclined to think that no system of Web site rating could be infallible.  Too many variables, regardless of how the information is generated.  But then, being a scientist by trade and training, I never expect ANYTHING to be infallible <G>.  One classical way of stating that is "Today's law of nature is tomorrow's special case!".



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Posted 09 November 2016 - 10:10 AM


The user is the first and last line of defense and security is a constant effort to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. The end user needs to stay informed, constantly educate themselves about the latest malware threats as well as those recommendations by security experts on how to protect themselves and practice safe computing. Security begins with personal responsibility and includes a comprehensive approach. Common sense, good security habits, safe surfing, understanding security and safe computing are essential to protecting yourself from malware infection. If the user is an employee of an organization, that also means following policy and procedures for the use of computer equipment and related resources implemented by the agency IT Department. Knowledge and the ability to use it is the best defensive tool anyone can have.

No amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice safe computing and stay informed.
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Posted 10 November 2016 - 04:37 AM

I always found WOT not reliable it rated a whole lot of bad sites with nasty stuff as OK. 

I've been testing Avira browser safety so far it's been pretty good blocking all sorts.


Edited by HolyCowz, 10 November 2016 - 04:38 AM.


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Posted 10 November 2016 - 06:55 AM

As I said...the use of such rating sites does not always guarantee an accurate rating of the results they provide and can provide a false sense of security to those who rely on them.
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Posted 10 November 2016 - 07:15 AM

Quietman7, the thread reminds me of some of those who purchased a security house net and monitoring service such as Brinks, ADP, etc., never considering over-lapping defense such as multi-battery-backup of the AC-powered house net, secondary [backup] phone numbers in case primary phone number is compromised, what comes next if a home invasion is in progress, and so many other possibilities.  Just having the "fake sign" or just having an average installation may not as secure as one would like in actual emergencies.


Edited by RolandJS, 10 November 2016 - 10:47 AM.

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 10:40 AM

As with security anywhere, the homeowner is the first and last line of defense.
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Posted 16 November 2016 - 08:30 PM

I always found WOT not reliable it rated a whole lot of bad sites with nasty stuff as OK. 

I've been testing Avira browser safety so far it's been pretty good blocking all sorts.

Does Avira browser safety work on DuckDuckGo, Ixquick & Startpage?



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Posted 17 November 2016 - 04:49 AM

SuperSapien64 I don't know you'd have to goggle that.



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Posted 17 November 2016 - 06:33 AM

DuckDuckGo, Ixquick & Startpage are search engines.
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Posted 21 November 2016 - 08:33 PM

If WOT, Ghostery & AdBlockPlus aren't to be trusted then what is? it's an absolute minefield! :killcomp:

 

I have all 3 and have been happy with them but what are the best alternatives? and would they be compatible with something like Avast & COMODO.

 

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 08:52 PM

WOT is not the same as Ghostery, UBlock, AdBlockPlus which are add-ons intended to help with privacy and block ads, trackers, etc.

 

WOT is a rating site as I explained in Post #4.


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