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==Background==
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David Hedlund warned Richard Stallman that the Firefox add-on "Web Of Trust" (WOT) was a malware and requested the software for ban on the FSD via the mailing list directory-discuss@gnu.org in November 2015 but nothing happened. - https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/directory-discuss/2015-11/msg00003.html
  
== THIS ENTRY IS BLACKLISTED ==
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Mozilla Foundation deleted it's entry (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wot-safe-browsing-tool/) about WOT in 3th November 2016. This was reported in a article soon after. - http://news.thewindowsclub.com/web-of-trust-wot-add-on-taken-down-86981/ Donald Robertson (FSF staff at the time) mentioned http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/01/browsing-history-sold/ next day and removed the FSD entry for the software during the FSD IRC meeting that took place in 4th November 2016.
 
 
==Issues==
 
I've requested if this add-on should be banned on the behalf of the community via the mailing list directory-discuss@gnu.org.
 
 
 
==Reasons==
 
Web Of Trust (WOT) was found guilty to spy and sell the data of it's users via a malware in it's software (malicious feature).
 
 
 
Thus it cannot be in the directory, but this entry should still be open so that it can be used has a warning.
 
 
 
After the revelations the Mozilla foundation deleted it's entry (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wot-safe-browsing-tool/) about WOT.
 
  
 
==Articles==
 
==Articles==
http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/01/browsing-history-sold/
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* http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2707869/posts, 2011
 
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* http://www.prweb.com/releases/WOT/lawsuit/prweb8145841.htm, 2011
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOT_Services#Privacy_issues
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* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOT_Services#Privacy_issues
 
 
==Backup article==
 
https://web.archive.org/web/20161102080336/http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/01/browsing-history-sold/
 
 
 
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From http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2707869/posts
 
 
 
Web of Trust WOT Scam - possibly worst Internet scam
 
Ripoffreport.com ^
 
 
 
Posted on 2011-04-20 18:53:49 by DBCJR
 
This is supposedly a safe browser add-on that will help protect against dangerous or fraudulent websites. Users are supposed to rate sites good or bad. But WOT actively rewards users who specialize in giving negative reports. Some of their top-rated users have done tens of thousands of negative reports, and it is obvious they are not really rating sites accurately. WOT's own statistics show that the overwhelming majority of ratings are negative. The developers of WOT are in the business of selling security seals for websites, so they have a vested interest in making website owners afraid of negative ratings. It is typical for harmless websites to have negative ratings, which cause scary warning messages to pop up in the browser of anyone who has installed with WOT plugin. If the website owners aren't using WOT, they may never even know they have been targeted. At the same time, there are a number of dangerous or fraudulent sites which have no ratings or good ratings from WOT. Overall, the ratings are worthless to consumers and possibly very harmful to people running reputable online businesses. Then, when you realize that this plug-in is worse than useless and uninstall it, it is never really completely uninstalled, but leaves hidden traces behind, in the same way that spyware does. Stay away from this terrible product.
 
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Latest revision as of 12:53, 23 October 2020

Background

David Hedlund warned Richard Stallman that the Firefox add-on "Web Of Trust" (WOT) was a malware and requested the software for ban on the FSD via the mailing list directory-discuss@gnu.org in November 2015 but nothing happened. - https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/directory-discuss/2015-11/msg00003.html

Mozilla Foundation deleted it's entry (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wot-safe-browsing-tool/) about WOT in 3th November 2016. This was reported in a article soon after. - http://news.thewindowsclub.com/web-of-trust-wot-add-on-taken-down-86981/ Donald Robertson (FSF staff at the time) mentioned http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/01/browsing-history-sold/ next day and removed the FSD entry for the software during the FSD IRC meeting that took place in 4th November 2016.

Articles



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