Is the WOT extension a scam.?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by The Red Moon, Aug 23, 2015.

  1. The Red Moon

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    First off i must apologise as i have not done a forum search on this and rather just created a new thread,I use this extension in firefox and upon research i notice there are an awful lot of negative articles about WOT and just wondered if this extension is indeed a scam and what other browser based add-ons which are similar is available.

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  2. Mister X

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    Interesting, could you post some links for the articles? Please.
     
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    I have used WOT for several years, I see it as just another tool rather than a scam, it would be that if they charged money for its services and they were fraudulent. I just think it is what it is.
     
  6. TomAZ

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    What's a good Firefox extension alternative?
     
  7. PallMall

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    I've said my truth concerning WOT as an extension. Remains users' plain comments (which I detach from a globally cooked score), interesting IMO when they include substance, links, a critical word free of demagogy (and it is often the case yet not always). Those comments may catch our attention when they are many to describe a common like or dislike.
    WOT Scorecard and for instance WOT Scorecard about wilderssecurity.com or WOT Scorecard about spotify.com ...

    Just for extra information, I do not endorse more than that.
     
  8. PallMall

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    An alternative to a Firefox extension? Tough question. Could you please re-formulate?
     
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    I've used it for years and also tested it against malicious links and it's done pretty darn good.
     
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    I like BitDefender, and maybe Avast/Avira. Otherwise, I don't have any recommendations.
     
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    Here's a review that I found interesting
    https://mywotlies.wordpress.com/
     
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    All it is are user opinions of websites. I tried it a long time ago and when I read some of the reasons why a website is rated untrustworthy or whatever I realized how useless it actually was.
     
  16. roger_m

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    It's not a scam, but is not a reliable source of information - just like SiteAdvisor.
     
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    I thought it was much more than user opinion.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOT_Services
     
  18. AutoCascade

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    If you use Chrome, Chromium, Firefox or Safari you already have access to Google Safe Browsing. I also subscribe to several block lists using uMatrix.

    What do inaccurate or biased opinions of websites add to that?

    I'm not saying its a scam but I wouldn't expend any resources on having this extension on my syste.
     
  19. Joxx

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    I'm yet to understand all this WOT bashing.
    I've been using it for 7 years and it never failed me, never failed and the user's comments are a plus.

    I can say this about the bashers: going through FF add-ons user feedback most are either site owners who sell snake oil ("alternative" medicine, religious sects...) people who dislike their opinion contradicted, people who don't understand what the extension does and decide to rate it 1 star accordingly...

    Don't like it? don't use it.
     
  20. roger_m

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    @Joxx The ratings given to websites are questionable at times, and in such cases often users make untrue claims about the websites they are commenting on. It would be nice if users were required to give evidence to back up their claims.

    I would have no problem with WOT if it was a reliable source of information. But, unfortunately it's not, and will almost certainly never will be. The same can be said for SiteAdvisor, which I've been banned from a few times for giving accurate ratings.
     
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    I've never had a problem with WOT...:thumb:
     
  22. Daveski17

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    I know there are some controversial aspects of WOT, and it's interesting what you say about Google Safe Browsing, but the user opinion is the least useful or important attribute of WOT IMO.
     
  23. AutoCascade

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    How does WOT make money?
     
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    Good question. According to Wiki; 'To generate revenue WOT licenses the use of its reputation database to other businesses.', so, I'm not too sure lol.
     
  25. pegas

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    I wouldn't dare to say that WOT is a scam. I would rather call it as an advisory tool. It relies on users' rating of websites. So it naturally brings a human factor, i.e. everybody has a different opinion on how a site is dangerous. For one a site which links to adult webpage is dangerous but for others not. No question that tools which work based on AV definitions, heuristics etc. are definitely better. On the other hand it is fair to say that many AV companies use WOT ratings as a supportive factor.
     
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