WOT or Site Advisor?

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  1. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

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    I have McAfee from my ISP & have Site Advisor. As you probably know the SA plug-in only works in IE & Firefox. As an experiment I have added WOT to Firefox as a sort of second opinion. It seems to be running alongside Site Advisor with no conflict of any sort. Admittedly I don't use Firefox very much but I like its download manager & if I am curious about a site, & I may decide to download from it eventually, I can always right-click from *Opera into Firefox. Firefox virus-scans anything downloaded which is an added bonus.

    Has anyone had any conflicts running SA & WOT together on Firefox (or other)?

    Which of these two applications do you prefer?


    *I know a version of WOT is available for Opera but I wanted to compare the two systems.
     
  2. dw426

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    You know, I've used both on and off for a couple of years now, and I've come to trust WOT a bit more. SiteAdvisor suffers from quite a bit of "tainted" results. I BELIEVE SiteAdvisor still solely relies on user feedback for ratings, that may have changed. I know that, more often than not, I would run across safe-labeled websites that were infected, full of spammers, and all that. With WOT, it still has happened occasionally, but nowhere near as much. Neither one of them is perfect of course.
     
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    From what I can gather McAfee have improved SA of late with some fancy cloud technology or something, although WOT does indeed seem to be a bit more on the ball.
     
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    I'll have to read up on that. I just don't like safe or unsafe determinations based on users. Users can have agendas and they can screw up. I guess that's another reason I've never been keen on behavior blockers/HIPS including that method in their products.

    Edit: Rats, no Opera support :(
     
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    I'm not sure where I read it now, maybe I have got it wrong. I'll have another search.

    I think this very issue has forced McAfee to do something about it.

    There's this but I'm not sure how it works exactly. :blink:

    I've just added it to SRWare Iron from here if you're interested.
     
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    Thanks for the link, Dave. It's a start, but I've never been big on "crippled" security options. I give WOT a lot of credit for at least TRYING though, SiteAdvisor doesn't seem to be.
     
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    OK. I'm not sure just how it works in Opera, is that what you mean by a crippled option?
     
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    Both run just fine together with Firefox. I use them to complement each other.

    Both have their own flaws.
     
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    Yeah, from WOT's own admission it's pretty reduced in functionality. I totally understand the way Opera works, by not having extensions and what have you, it probably does keep the browser pretty locked down. But, of course it comes with a price.
     
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    OK, thanks for the info. :)
     
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    Swings & Roundabouts as we say in my neck of the planet. WOT's the only add-on I have on Iron. I aim for it to stay that way. I don't have many add-ons/extensions on Firefox.
     
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    Hello,
    I'm Sariel and I'm new on Wilders.
    I prefer WOT and run it together with
    Trend Micro - no problems so far.
    Regards
     
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    Hello Sariel, welcome to Wilders. Thanks for your input. What browser(s) are you running WOT in?
     
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    I use WOT and Kaspersky link advisor on Firefox 3.6.3.... anything Mcaffee is a NO NO for me
     
  18. AvinashR

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    Why don't you use Browser Defender from PC Tools? Its far better then McAfee Site Advisor.

    About finjan, i won't recommend it.
     
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    Long time ago I use Siteadvisor, but it slow down my internet connection :thumbd:
     
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    Site Advisor is not bad soft when I used it I dont have problems with slowing down my internet connection.
     
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    can share why?
     
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    You can use finjan and then and only you will know that why i don't recommended it...Anyways would like to tell you that its not regularly updated. Even many pages are found to be unknown in finjan
     
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    Site Advisor: I remember an article about outdated ratings :(
    Finjan: Slow and flags every page "green" - there must be something wrong :oops:
    Browser Defender: Many pages untested and the latest versions are only available for IE? :doubt:
    WOT: OK :)

    AVG Linkscanner with real-time guard is great too :thumb:
     
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    Instead of or along with the boorkmarklet you may want to try this http://my.opera.com/community/forums/topic.dml?id=299316

    It's a user javascript that puts the wot icons next to links in many search engines.
     
  25. Sariel Fallen

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    @ Daveski17

    It's pegged into FF and i.e.
    I only have a little problem with the kind of rating...
    if you take a look behind a 'bad site', you'll only see 2-3 ratings ( or should I say 'opinions') sometimes, that's why I run the Web Protection Add-on in addition.
     
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